Volleyball defeat Northern Colorado 3-1

Elliot Jones

Sacramento State volleyball started its four-game home stand on a winning note beating the University of Northern Colorado 3-1 on Thursday at the Nest.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak and put Sac State at 17-5 overall, 4-3 the Big Sky Conference.

Lauren Kissell continued to have an outstanding season with a career high 26 kills and a hitting percentage of .469 against Northern Colorado. This is the second straight match Kissell has had over 20 kills.

“She an excellent attacker,” said Sac State coach Ruben Volta. “She’s really smart, aggressive and confident. She really competes and she’s been playing like this in matches all year.”

Sac state had a great start to the set with a 5-0 lead, but failed to capitalize on it, as Northern Colorado fought back to tie it 6-6. Northern Colorado took the lead 7-8 and kept it for the rest of the set. Sloan Lovett and Kissell lead the team in kills with five each.

The Hornets responded in the second set, winning 25-19. Both teams exchanged leads until the Hornets took the lead 11-10 and never looked back. The team hit .324 on the set and had only three attack errors. Kissell led the team with seven kills in the set.

As the match went on the Hornets got better, winning the third set 25-19. Again, they only had three errors, but had a .333 hitting percentage. Sac State setter Kennedy Kurtz already reached double digit figures in both digs (11) and assists (44), giving her a double-double in the match:

“I thought I had a pretty good match,” Kurtz said. “My back row really helped me, they gave me passes that I was able to run our offense.”

The Hornets ran away with the fourth set winning 25-10. Northern Colorado could not hold off the Sac State attack with the Hornets going on a 15-5 run to end the set. Sac State had a .458 hitting percentage and once more had only three attack errors.

“We had a lot that we wanted to accomplish,” Kissell said. “We wanted to win and we were tired of losing. We know how good we are and we went out there and executed.”

The Hornets are now 14-9 in the overall overall series against Northern Colorado. They also improved their home record to 6-1 this season.

Sac State has three straight games at home and will face Portland State University on Saturday Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.