Volleyball receives ‘revenge’ in 3-0 sweep over Eastern Washington

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Matthew Dyer

Sacramento State sophomore middle blocker Brie Gathright spikes the ball past Kimberly Brinkworth of Eastern Washington at the Hornets Nest on Saturday, Oct. 22. (Photo by Matthew Dyer)

Brian Ingebretsen

The Sacramento State women’s volleyball team won its second consecutive game on Saturday with a 3-0 (17-25, 20-25, 20-25) set-sweep over the Eastern Washington Eagles at the Hornets Nest.

Sac State’s (13-11, 7-3 Big Sky Conference) victory over the Eagles (10-9, 5-5 Big Sky) comes at a time when most of the Hornets still remember the 3-1 loss to Eastern Washington in last year’s Oct. 8 matchup.

“I’d say a little bit of revenge, because last year we had a little rough game in their house,” junior setter Kennedy Kurtz said after leading both teams with 32 assists.

The “revenge” game also helped the Hornets remain in a second-place tie, trailing first-place Northern Arizona (19-4, 9-1 Big Sky) by two games, in the Big Sky South division with six games remaining in the season.

“We played really well tonight,” junior outside hitter Shannon Boyle said after finishing the night with 12 kills. “We’ve struggled with them in the past and this year we decided to take care of business at home.”

Winning at home hasn’t been an issue for Sac State, as the team has won 11 straight home matches against Big Sky opponents dating back to Sept. 24, 2015. Hornets head coach Ruben Volta praised his team’s efforts after the team won its second straight sweep victory at home.

“We served and passed well and were able to apply pressure on them,” Volta said. “I felt confident playing tonight after coming off our win on Thursday.”

The Sac State defense made quick work of the Eagles’ attacking strategy as senior defensive specialist Lexie Skalbeck racked up 18 digs against Eastern Washington.

“I felt pretty good coming in after the sweep (against Idaho) on Thursday,” Skalbeck said. “After two consecutive sweeps at home we feel really confident for our games next week.”

The Hornets will look to continue its consecutive sweep streak at home as the team plays Northern Arizona on Oct. 27 and Southern Utah on Oct. 29 at the Hornets Nest.