Hornets begin four-game homestand with 3-0 sweep over Idaho

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Sacramento State senior outside hitter Madeline Cannon goes for a kill against Idaho on Oct. 20 at the Hornets Nest. (Photo by Bob Solorio/Sac State Athletics)

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The Sacramento State volleyball team made quick work of Big Sky opponent Idaho in the team’s first home game in three weeks with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-18) sweep on Thursday.

The Hornets’ (12-11, 6-3 Big Sky) victory over the Vandals (7-14, 2-7 Big Sky) also propelled Sac State to second place in the Big Sky South division with seven games left in the regular season.

“It’s nice to get a 3-0 win at home after being on the road for (three) weeks,” junior setter Kennedy Kurtz said. “This win was kind of really important.”

Sacramento State volleyball players celebrate against Idaho on Oct. 20 at the Hornets Nest. Sac State is currently in second place in the Big Sky South division standings. (Photo by Bob Solorio/Sac State Athletics)

Sac State controlled the game in all facets as the Hornets led Idaho with 14 more kills (41-27), eight more digs (57-49), four more aces (6-2) and held the Vandals to a .092 hitting percentage, while finishing with a .278 hitting percentage themselves. It was the fourth time this season the Hornets held an opponent to a sub-.100 hitting percentage.

Senior libero Lexie Skalbeck and sophomore outside hitter Mikaela Nocetti led the way defensively for the Hornets as the pair finished with 15 digs each. Offensively, senior outside hitter Madeline Cannon posted a game-high 11 kills along with two aces.

“I thought we attacked pretty well despite missing quite a few serves,” Sac State head coach Ruben Volta said. “I was really happy with our defense tonight.”

Sac State’s next four games will be at home, the first of which will be against Eastern Washington on Saturday at the Hornets Nest.