SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Southern Utah University women's volleyball was unable to keep up with a hot hitting Sacramento State squad that tallied a .349 hitting percentage (41-11-86) and dispatched the Thunderbirds in a 3-0 result. The loss drops the T-Birs to 2-11 overall on the year and 1-2 in the Big Sky.
Joanna Christenson opened the match for Southern Utah with a service ace, the first of two during the night for the freshman, but Sacramento State answered with a four-point run to take a 4-1 lead. The advantage held throughout the set with the Thunderbirds coming within one point at 19-18, capping a four-point run by the visitors. An SUU service error on the following point ended the run and the Hornets finished out the set 25-21 to take a 1-0 lead.
Southern Utah, once again, took the first lead of the second set, capturing the first three consecutive points to take a 3-0 advantage. However Sac State came back to tie the frame at 8-8 and then went on a four-point run to take a 12-8 lead. The Hornets used another 9-3 run to widen the gap to ten, 21-11 before finally closing out the set 25-14.
Sacramento State took the opening lead for the first time during the match as the third set began with a four-point run by the Hornets. Southern Utah later answered in the frame with a four-point run of its own to take a 12-11 lead punctuated by a Lusia Angilau block. The Hornets came right back and put together a 10-1 run to take a 21-13 advantage and ultimately finished out the match with a 25-16 victory in the third.
Southern Utah's offense was led by Kylie Schofield during the match, hitting .320 with nine kills on 25 attempts and only one error. Sacramento State was led by a pair of .400-plus hitters in Sloan Lovett with 13 kills (.440) and Morgan Stanley with 11 kills (.421).
The Thunderbirds will be back in action on Monday night when the team travels to face Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. The match is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. with live stat and live video links available online at www.suutbirds.com.