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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State received a match-high 10 kills from Bridgette Smith and limited CSUN to a .096 hitting percentage on the way to a three-set sweep of the Matadors (25-22, 25-20, 25-9) on Friday afternoon at the Nest.
The match was the first for the Hornets at their four-team Sacramento State Invitational. The two-day event also features Boise State and Pacific, and six total matches. The first two of those matches took place earlier today, including a 3-0 Boise State win over Pacific. Two more matches will take place this evening, including CSUN vs. Boise State at 5 p.m., and Sacramento State vs. Pacific at 7 p.m. The tournament concludes tomorrow with two more matchups (CSUN vs. Pacific at 11 a.m.; Boise State vs. Sacramento State at 1:30 p.m.).
Today's win allowed the Hornets to improve to 3-3 while the Matadors dropped to 1-5.
The Hornets held substantial advantages over CSUN in hitting percentage (.280-.096), aces (7-2) and blocks (12-3). In fact, after the Matadors hit .406 in the first set, they hit .068 in the second, and -.214 in the third (6-12-28). Sacramento State had just eight errors with 36 kills in 100 total attacks.
The Hornets finished each of the first two sets on runs as the team held small leads late in the first (23-22) and second (18-17) sets. With the score, 23-22, in the first frame, a CSUN service error, and attack error ended the set.
Smith has now lead the Hornets in kills in every match this season, and finished with 10 kills, six digs, two blocks and career-high tying four aces. Smith had four of the team's seven aces, which included two in the third set. Middle blocker Kalani Hayes had a season-high nine kills, four blocks and a .615 hitting percentage. Eight of those kills came in a dominant first set in which she had no errors in nine attacks. Outside hitter Caitlin Volkmann posted six kills, two aces and four blocks.
After missing the first five matches of the season to injury, rightside hitter Karlee Soderberg was back in the lineup today and responded with five kills and two blocks. Middle blocker Tiyanane Kamba led all players with six blocks, and has now paced the Hornets in blocks in every match this season. Libero Michelle Taynton had a team-high 10 digs, and setter McKenna Smith finished with two kills, 26 assists, one ace, six digs and two blocks. For the third straight match, the Hornets' other setter - senior Ashtin Olin - was not available to play.
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