The State Hornet

Overtime win sends Hornets to conference tournament

Karah Butac

October 30, 2015

The Sacramento State women’s soccer team has qualified for the Big Sky Conference Tournament after defeating Portland State 2-1 Friday afternoon. Sophomore forward Kayla Collins scored the golden goal in the 98th minute in overtime. “Going into overtime I got this new burst of energy,” ...

Hornets defeat University of Pacific 87-79 in first round of WNIT

State Hornet Staff

March 20, 2015

In its first postseason game in program history, Sacramento State women’s basketball won 87-79 in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament against the University of Pacific on Thursday night.“We felt ready, we know this is an opportunity we worked for all season to get to,” said sophomore...

Men’s basketball beats Portland 73-66; will host second round of CIT from The Nest

Mike McGough

March 18, 2015

In the team’s first postseason action as a Division I program, Sacramento State men’s basketball beat the University of Portland Pilots 73-66 tonight to advance to the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.With the win, the Hornets earned the right to play at least one mor...

Hornet volleyball team ends season just a hair from playoffs

Hornet volleyball team ends season just a hair from playoffs

Maikalina Madali

December 5, 2012

Despite three consecutive wins in the final matches of the Hornet’s volleyball season, Montana State’s victory over Montana officially knocked Sacramento State out of the Big Sky Tournament. “Being so close to making the Big Sky Tournament was devastating,” said opposite hitter Kayla Beal, a junior...

Buzz of the Crowd: FCS should have bowls

Buzz of the Crowd: FCS should have bowls

State Hornet Staff

November 6, 2012

The opportunity to play in a bowl game at the end of the season is a time-honored tradition in college football.There are no playoff tournaments like most other college or professional sports; there are just two teams, equally matched, playing one final game on a neutral field during the holiday season....

Necessary roughness

State Hornet

November 6, 2012

Russell PrestonWhile most fans would assume Sacramento State’s fall sport with the largest fan base, in the largest venue, gathering the most attention would be poised for the most success in 2012 (I’m looking at you, football), the sport with the real threat for a conference title should be women’s volleyball.After finishing the 2011 season with an overall record of 17-15 and a 10-6 Big Sky conference record, finishing third for the Hornets was a step in the right direction after failing to finish above fifth place since 2007.Women’s volleyball has been one of the strengths of Sac State’s athletic program in the last 15 years. Since joining the Big Sky Conference in 1996, Sac State has made the Div. 1 NCAA tournament 10 times (six more than any other member of their conference).Last year, under the leadership of Head Coach Ruben Volta, the team was one of the best in the conference when it came to home-court advantage (8-5 record). In fact, since 1996 the team has posted a 175-48 record on its home court.What made them so good last year was their team defense. In 2011, the team was ninth in the nation in digs per set (18.39) and 13th in blocks per set (2.76). They were the only team in the nation to rank in the top 35 in both categories.As for the offense, they finished in the bottom half of the Big Sky conference in kills per set (11.93) and hitting percentage (.171). With Coach Volta implementing a new 6-2 offense, it will allow the setter to stay in the back while three attackers up front can get aggressive.Although the team lost four of its top players to graduation last spring, there are still doses of optimism with the nine returning players and six newcomers (including two transfer students coming from Div. 1 teams).It’ll be interesting how the team chemistry develops, but rest assured, this team will be competing for another Big Sky conference title in 2012.Russell Preston can be reached at asports@statehornet.com.Jillian KwellerFall sports are under way and the Sacramento State women’s soccer team has the most potential and promise to take home a conference championship.After missing the Big Sky conference championships by two places last season, women’s soccer is back with a 30-player roster and the intensity to win.The women of Hornet soccer have already shown improvements by winning the first game of the season to University of Nevada Reno, which they lost to last year by a score of 2-1.The players have the agility, strength and endurance to beat every team in the conference as long as they stay consistent, which should not be too hard considering the lengthy roster.The depth in the roster will allow the players more efficient playing time. If someone is winded and needs a break, the bench is full of fresh bodies to put on the field.To make the long list of players even more impressive, nine of them are incoming freshman, meaning they are younger, fresher and less injured.One of the freshmen is Hannah Gendron, a goalkeeper out of Davis. She is replacing 2011 senior Savannah Abercrombie, who gave up 22 goals during the last season.Gendron gave up only six goals during her varsity season last year in high school and not one goal her 2010 26-game junior varsity season.Senior forward and team captain Jordan Carlberg will also be a huge contribution to the team this year by looking at last season’s records. She led the team in shots and shots on goal, was second in assists, third in points and fourth in goals.Overall, Sac State women’s soccer is secure with a variety of diverse players and will be a dominant force in the Big Sky conference this 2012 season.Jillian Kweller can be reached at asports@statehornet.com.James Heck The 2011 Sacramento State football team finished with a 4-7 record, but there are reasons to believe a winning season is around the corner. Regardless of the team’s record the previous year, it can adopt a winning mentality if they focus on becoming better today than they were yesterday.At the start of training camp, there were more than 40 new players vying for a spot on the 2012 Sac State football team.With the addition of new players comes the question of how they will mesh with the returning members of the team. Football is a team sport, one composed of three facets: offense, defense and special teams.After losing team leaders such as quarterback Jeff Fleming to graduation, some may view the abundance of new players as a question in regards to building team chemistry and cohesion.Perhaps it is this new element that will spark a surge in production.After all, the team is led by Marshall Sperbeck, the sixth-year head coach who led the Hornets to a stunning 29-28 win over the Oregon State Beavers last season. This win marked the first against a Football Bowl Subdivision team in 11 attempts, arguably making it the Hornets’ biggest victory in school history.The overtime victory against Oregon State gained nationwide attention, and the sense of pride and hope that resulted should be remembered and carried over into this season.Last season, the Hornets lost three games by seven or fewer points. If the team can work out the kinks of last season, there is reason to believe they can be a winning team this season.A fuel to light their fire could come from the recent preseason polls released predicting their success, or lack thereof. The Hornets were picked to finish ninth in the Big Sky Conference by the coaches and 10th by the media.For the players on the football team, a sense of “us against the world” would certainly be an acceptable feeling. And it is this feeling that has often lifted teams out of seeming obscurity and into the spotlight.James Heck can be reached at asports@statehornet.com. 

Volleyball falls in four sets to North Dakota

Volleyball falls in four sets to North Dakota

Maikalina Madali

November 4, 2012

The Sacramento State women’s volleyball team fell short on Saturday’s game against North Dakota. After losing a close first set of 22-25, the Hornets came back strong in a second set with a score of 25-11. “They made it easy because they weren’t passing well,” said Hornet outside hitter Janel...

Football drops to No. 3 Montana State

Football drops to No. 3 Montana State

Joe Davis

November 3, 2012

With high expectations come big letdowns, a lesson the Sacramento State Hornets learned today in a Big Sky Conference loss to No. 3 Montana State University. The Hornets had been riding an emotional upswing coming off a 35-29 win over then No. 11 Cal Poly, but a crushing 20-17 loss to Montana State br...

Aggies put an end to men’s soccer season

Aggies put an end to men’s soccer season

James Heck

November 3, 2012

The Sacramento State men’s soccer team lost today 2-1 to Big West Conference opponent UC Davis at Aggie Field. The Hornets (8-8-2, 5-4-1 Big West) headed into the game tied with Cal Poly (11-6-1, 6-3-1 Big West) in the Big West with 16 points. Sac State’s loss to Davis resulted in zero points, an...

Volleyball remains one spot out of postseason contention

Volleyball remains one spot out of postseason contention

Joe Davis

November 1, 2012

The Sacramento State women's volleyball team lost in five sets to Northern Colorado tonight. The Hornets jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the match, but they could not hold on and were overtaken by Northern Colorado. Sac State dropped the match 2-3. In a losing effort, senior co-captains Jessie Genger and Jan...

Next Page »