Volleyball sweeps Portland State at home


Madeline Cannon celebrates after winning the set against Northern Colorado on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 at the Hornets’ Nest.

Elliot Jones

The Sacramento State volleyball team recorded its second straight Big Sky Conference win, following a sweep over Portland State University on Saturday night at the Nest.

The Hornets improved to 18-5 overall and 5-3 in the Big Sky play. They have the best overall record in the Big Sky South Division, but Idaho State University and Northern Arizona University are both 7-1 in conference play.

Sac State got off to a dominant start in the match in the first set, winning 25-14. Sac State ended the first set with a hitting percentage of .522 and had five players hitting over .400. Middle blocker Madeline Cannon led the set in hitting percentage at .750 and had three kills for the Hornets.

Cannon finished the night with a career best .737 hitting percentage, and she also tied her career high in kills with 15.

“She played great,” Sac State coach Ruben Volta said. “She was really fast offensively, hit some really good balls and showed a variety of shots.“

The second set was a memorable one for defensive specialist Lexie Skalbeck, as she recorded her 1,000th career dig for the Hornets.

“It felt awesome.” Skalbeck said, “I tried to not really think about it until after the game, but it definitely felt good to finally reach that milestone.”

Skalbeck who is originally from Portland, Oregon said she grew up going to the camps at Portland State. It was the first time she was on the opposite side of the net from her sister, Olivia Skalbeck, who is a freshman defensive specialist for Portland State.

“It was good,” Skalbeck said. “It was little weird, but it was good to beat them and not let her win.”

Sac State won the second set 25-23 with Kennedy Kurtz collecting a match point on a service ace. The Hornets served well with six service aces in the match.

The third set had Sac State getting back into the form they had in the first set. They had a hitting percentage of .405 and only two errors. They won the set 25-21 to complete the sweep.

The Hornets ended the match with a hitting percentage of .380 along with five blocks and 41 digs. Outside hitters Sloan Lovett and Lauren Kissell each had 12 kills.

The Hornets are 39-22 overall against the Vikings after Saturdays sweep.

“It was awesome,” Cannon said “We were excited to come home…coming out really strong tonight felt great.”

Sac State will face Montana State University (3-13, 1-7) on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Nest.