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The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor
Ryan Lorenz

Ryan Lorenz, Sports Staffer


Ryan Lorenz is in his second semester at The State Hornet. He is a former Sports Editor for Cosumnes River College's publication, The Connection. He has a strong passion for sports and plans on having a career in sports media.

All content by Ryan Lorenz
Sacramento State men’s tennis team celebrating with the Big Sky Tournament trophy on Saturday, April 27, 2024. The Hornets defeated the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, 4-1, for the Big Sky Tournament Championship.

‘I was ready to die on the court today’: Men’s tennis gives their all for a championship

Hornets make Big Sky history with 12th Big Sky title
Ryan Lorenz, Staffer
April 30, 2024
Sacramento State men’s tennis gets their revenge against the Lumberjacks and ends the Big Sky Tournament with a new trophy to show for it.
Sacramento State men’s tennis team won a share of the Big Sky Conference regular season after defeating Eastern Washington on April 14 and the women’s tennis team won their share of the Big Sky Conference regular season after ousting Portland State on April 20. This was the first time either team has won a share of the regular season title in over a decade. (Photos courtesy of Sacramento State Athletics, graphic created in Canva by Jahson Nahal)

Tennis teams drop rackets for trophies

Men’s and women’s tennis ended a decade-long title drought respectively.
Jahson Nahal and Ryan Lorenz
April 24, 2024
Sacramento State tennis teams dominated the regular season and both men’s and women’s ended over a decade-long drought to win Big Sky Conference titles.
Seniors Mate Voros and Mark Keki with Sac State men’s tennis head coach Kevin Kurtz after receiving their awards for their achievements  Saturday April 6, 2024. The senior ceremony happened after their doubles match against Portland State.

Hornets leave the nest smiling after brutal beatdown of the Vikings

Seniors put themselves in perfect position to win championship
Ryan Lorenz, Staffer
April 10, 2024
In a day full of emotion, the Sac State men’s tennis team battled through adversity and emotion to put on a show for their family and friends for their last home match
Sacramento State’s women’s tennis freshman Irene Riva celebrates a point in her doubles match against the UC San Diego Tritons on Thursday, March 28, 2024. The Hornets defeated the Tritons 4-0 in their match-up winning the doubles and the singles.

Hornets’ rackets create a racket for UC San Diego

Sac State’s vocal cheering and on court play drowned the Tritons
Ryan Lorenz, Staffer
April 4, 2024
Sac State women’s tennis has proven to be a powerhouse in the Big Sky Conference, putting up another win and defending their home court against UC San Diego.
Sophomore Adam Chodur getting ready to return in his singles match against Northern Arizona University freshman Semen Agynskyy on Friday, March 15, 2024. Chodur won his singles match after winning a tiebreak in his second set, but the Hornets would lose the match 4-3.

First tennis home loss comes from rival’s rackets

Hornets lose against NAU, but defeat Seattle U in dominating fashion
Ryan Lorenz, Staffer
March 20, 2024
Sac State men’s tennis lost their first game at home against Big Sky Conference rival Northern Arizona University on Friday, but had a dominating win against Seattle University on Sunday.
Freshman forward Summah Hanson, distance runner Brandon Moreno, sophomores Kara Houghton and guard Benthe Versteeg, junior Zoe Ewell and senior third baseman Lewa Day all broke individual and season records in February of the spring semester. Six total records were broken by the Hornets and three more were tied. (Photos by Brionna Woody and Rinn Lee, photos courtesy of Sac State Athletics and Rhianna Kahley / NAU Athletics, graphic created in Canva by Ryan Lorenz)

Sac State finishes a month full of records

Four sports broke six records in February
Ryan Lorenz, Staffer
March 15, 2024
Gymnastics, basketball, softball and track and field put themselves in the Sacramento State record book in February.
Senior mens tennis player Mark Keki gets ready for another serve Friday, March 8, 2024 at the Sacramento State tennis courts. Keki won the first set in his singles match, with the match ending unfinished.

Sac State men’s tennis stays golden at home

The Hornets have won all of their home matchups this season
Ryan Lorenz, Staffer
March 13, 2024
Sac State men’s tennis now hold a 8-4 record after beating Hawaii and William Jessup in the Golden State Invitational.
Senior Kalani Hayes practicing her receiving and hitting during beach volleyball practice Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. Hayes was an honorable mention all-Big West Conference player last season and will start to build her resume to make it again on Friday.

Positive vibes, strategy and teamwork has Sac State beach volleyball looking sunny

Hornets have developed a strategy to keep the team’s energy up.
Ryan Lorenz, Staffer
February 23, 2024
Sacramento State beach volleyball will be without one of their star players to start the season, but they have developed a plan to stay motivated and locked in heading into the season.
Freshman guard Alex Kovatchev finishes a left-handed lay-up over his defender in the paint Monday, Feb. 5, 2024. Kovatchev had six points and six defensive rebounds against the Vandals.

Sac State drops two more games to extend its losing streak to six

Sac State continues to struggle with turnovers and producing points
Ryan Lorenz and Andrew Edwards
February 7, 2024
Sac State men’s basketball struggles offensively in tough matchups against the Vikings and Vandals to extend their losing streak to six with a record of 2-8 in the Big Sky Conference.
Junior outside hitter Ellie Tisko goes up for a kill against two UNLV blockers in the first round of the Women’s National Invitational Volleyball Championship Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023. The Hornets would go on to win the game 3-0, but lose in the next round to Montana State.

Sac State volleyball’s stellar season ends against familiar foe

After dominating the first round of the NIVC, the Hornets fall in the second round
Ryan Lorenz, Staffer
December 8, 2023
The Hornets gave it their all this season, but it ends in the NIVC against a Big Sky rival
California Faculty Association protesters outside of Sacramento State marching on J Street Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023. The CFA strike at Sac State was the final day of the four day strike across California State University campuses.

Sac State faculty strikes on campus to demand better pay and working conditions

Demonstrators at Sac State participate in the final day of statewide organized CFA strikes at CSU campuses on Thursday.
Senior middleblocker Kalani Hayes and junior outside hitter Ellie Tisko going up for a block against Weber State Saturday, Oct. 12, 2023. The Hornets played Weber State for the third time this season in the semifinals of the Big Sky Tournament and lost 3-2.

A group of stars fall in the Big Sky tournament

The Hornets received awards, but fell short against Wildcats
Ryan Lorenz, Staffer
November 30, 2023
Sac State had a gallery of stars, but it was not enough to get them to a Big Sky Championship
Bridgette Smith holds the trophy and celebrates with the rest of her team after defeating Montana Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023. Sac State volleyball won the Big Sky regular season title and secured the number one seed heading into the Big Sky Tournament. (Photo courtesy of Montana Athletics)

Hornet volleyball leaves Montana with a Big Sky trophy

Sac State volleyball played in two long matches, splitting them and winning the Big Sky regular season title
Ryan Lorenz, Staffer
November 21, 2023
Sac State volleyball heads into the Big Sky tournament as the number one seed and the Big Sky regular season champions
Senior middle blocker Tiyanane Kamba-Griffin going up for a block against Portland State’s senior middle blocker Ashleigh Barto, Friday, Nov. 10, 2023. Portland State won the match 3-1.

Portland State serves Sac State volleyball their second Big Sky loss

The Hornets lost to their conference rival, due to 20 service errors
Ryan Lorenz, Staffer
November 14, 2023
Sacramento State volleyball shot themselves in the foot with multiple service errors that gave the Portland State Vikings plenty of opportunities to seal the win during the Big Sky rivalry match-up
Senior middle blocker Kalani Hayes and senior opposite hitter Karlee Soderberg going up for a block against Idaho Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023. Sac State celebrated Senior day against Idaho.

Volleyball weekend ends with two wins, tears and smiles

Sac State won both conference rematches and honored their seniors
Ryan Lorenz, Staffer
November 9, 2023
Sac State volleyball won the final two games at the Nest for the season and increased their win streak to seven
Junior setter Hailey Plugge setting the ball for senior middle blocker Tiyanane Kamba-Griffin against Northern Arizona Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023. (Courtesy of Northern Arizona Athletics)

Big Sky Conference swept clean by Sac State Volleyball

Sac State improves to 10-1 in conference play after a weekend of sweeps
Ryan Lorenz, Staffer
November 2, 2023
Sacramento State volleyball has won five in a row and has gained a comfortable lead in first place in the Big Sky Conference
Junior kicker Zach Schreiner has been cool and collected under pressure for the Hornets. He has made all extra point attempts, 9 for 11 field goal attempts and his longest field goals were 44-yards against Stanford and Idaho. (Photos courtesy of the Schreiner family, Ryan Lorenz, graphic made in Canva by Chris Woodard)

‘He goes out there and does his thing’: Sac State kicker earns scholarship

Junior kicker Zach Schreiner was rewarded with a scholarship after his great performance against Stanford.
Ryan Lorenz, Staffer
October 21, 2023
Sac State’s kicker has a history of nailing big kicks in game changing moments. Learn more about Zach Schreiner and why he earned his scholarship
Professors Molly Dugan, Harvey Stark, Sahar Razavi and Jaime Jackson at the faculty roundtable Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023. Each of the professors spoke on part of their area of expertise.

Faculty roundtable is met with mixed responses

‘You have to start somewhere’: students left the roundtable with mixed emotions
Ryan Lorenz, Staffer
October 19, 2023
In an attempt to bring students together, CSUS faculty members held a roundtable about the Israel/Palestine conflict that received a wide array of responses from the attendees.
Reigning Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week, senior middle blocker Kalani Hayes #2 going for a kill during the match up against Portland State Friday, Sept. 29, 2023. Hayes ended the day with 6 kills, 15 team assists and 5 blocks to help secure the win for the Hornets.

‘Good teams just win’: Sac State wins to remain undefeated in conference play

The Hornets move to 3-0 in the Big Sky Conference in electric fashion
Ryan Lorenz, Staffer
October 2, 2023
Hornets beat the Vikings with extra incentive coming from their honorary team captain
Sac State is hosting Northern Arizona for their second home game of the season on Sept. 30, 2023 at 6 p.m. This game is Sac State’s pink out game, where fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness. (Photos courtesy of NAU Athletics and James Fife, graphic made in Canva by Siany Harts)

Sac State starts new climb up to the top of Big Sky Conference

Hornets dropped first in-conference game since 2019 last week
Jack Freeman and Ryan Lorenz
September 29, 2023
Some Sacramento State players had never dropped a game in conference before last week; now it’s time for a response from the Hornets against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks.
Sacramento State midfielder Stacy Holmes moves the ball downfield against Saint Mary’s forward/midfielder Maxwell Farnum on the Hornet Field, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023. The Hornets played a frustrating game on defense against the Gaels.

Sac State men’s soccer suffers a pair of one-goal defeats

The Hornets have lost three consecutive games
Joey Aguirre and Ryan Lorenz
September 19, 2023
Sac State concedes early, fails to come back against Saint Mary’s and San Francisco.
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