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CEDAR CITY, Utah - Southern Utah University volleyball will host a pair of Big Sky Conference opponents this week when the T-Birds face Sacramento State on Thursday and Northern Arizona on Monday. SUU will be without its typical Saturday contest this week because of the scheduling.
Fans can follow the action for both matches via live stat and live video links online at www.suutbirds.com.
SUU will celebrate Volleyballoween on Thursday night, featuring several promotions for the match with Sacramento State. The following promotions are planned for the evening:
• Children 12-and-under can receive free admission if dressed in a Halloween costume.
• Trick-or-treating along the concourse of the Centrum Arena will be available one hour before the match starts.
• Halloween costume contest between sets two and three with the winner receiving a Halloween-themed prize pack.
Scouting Sacramento State
Sacramento State will enter Thursday night’s match with an overall record of 12-11, including a 7-5 mark in the Big Sky. The Hornets are currently riding a three-match winning streak with victories over Montana State, Portland State and Eastern Washington.
Sacramento State has tallied 1,058 kills this season, averaging 12.16 per set and a .241 hitting percentage. Sloan Lovett leads the team with 281 kills (3.39 per set) and is also the leader in service aces with 28. Hannah Hettinga directs the CSUS attack with a team-best 871 assists.
Defensively, the Hornets have recorded 1,130 digs (12.99 per set) and 173 blocks (1.99 per set). Katie Aprile leads the team with 302 digs (3.60) and Chelcy Motes leads the block with 69 (0.90 per set).
Sacramento State broke the 1-1 tie in the all-time series with a 3-0 victory in Sacramento earlier this season. The two teams split results in 2012 with the home side coming out victorious in each match.
Last Time Against Sacramento State
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sept. 28, 2013 - 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.
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).
Scouting Northern Arizona
Northern Arizona will host Sacramento State on Saturday night before making the trip to Cedar on Monday night. The Lumberjacks are currently 15-6 on the year and in second place in the Big Sky Conference with a 9-3 league mark.
NAU has totaled 941 kills this season, averaging 12.72 per set and a .240 hitting percentage. Janae Vander Ploeg leads the team with 244 kills, averaging 3.30 per set. Vander Ploeg is tied for the team lead in service aces with 17, matching teammates Addy Lofstedt and Sydney Kemper. Jensen Barton and Erin Truett share duties at setter, recording 411 and 349 assists, respectively.
Defensively, NAU has recorded 1,006 digs (13.59 per set) and 197 blocks (2.66 per set) so far this season. Trianna Henry paces the team in digs with 254 (4.16 per set) and Taylor Stephens leads the team with 102 blocks (1.38 per set).
Northern Arizona leads the all-time series with Southern Utah 3-1 since the return of the program to SUU in 2008. The Lumberjacks are currently riding a three-match winning streak against the Thunderbirds after falling 3-2 in the first meeting in 2010.
Last Time Against Northern Arizona
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Sept. 30, 2013 - Southern Utah University women’s volleyball struggled through 39 errors, falling to Northern Arizona in three sets on Monday night.
Annie Stradling led Southern Utah’s offense with eight kills on the night, hitting .500 with only two errors on 12 swings. Sariah Pelaez led the team in digs with 12 with Stradling also leading the T-Bird block with three. Southern Utah finished the match with more blocks than NAU, 6.0 to 5.0, marking the 10th time the team has out blocked an opponent this season.
First on the Board
Southern Utah has put the first point on the board in over half of its sets played this year, marking the opening point in 45 of its 84 sets played.