The Week Forward
• The Hornets start the 2021 season after they host the two-day, four-team Hornet Invitational on Aug. 27-28. Two video games will likely be performed Friday, and three extra on Saturday contained in the Nest.
• The four-team event subject consists of Sacramento State, #6 Florida, UC Davis and San Francisco. Each Sacramento State and Florida will each play three matches through the event whereas UC Davis and USF will play twice. Florida is ranked sixth within the nation in AVCA preseason high 25 ballot.
• Video games will likely be performed at 4 and seven p.m. on Friday, in addition to 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and seven p.m. Sacramento State opens the season and event on Friday night time vs. UC Davis at 7 p.m. The Hornets will even play on Saturday vs. each San Francisco (12:30 p.m.) and Florida (7 p.m.).
• Followers are allowed to attend all matches, however should put on face coverings per county well being order.
• Different matches embrace Friday at 4 p.m. that includes San Francisco vs. Florida, and Saturday at 10 a.m. that includes Florida and UC Davis.
• The Hornets are 52-24 all-time vs. UC Davis, 22-7 in opposition to San Francisco, and have by no means performed Florida in program historical past.
• That is the primary of two tournaments the Hornets will host over the primary three weeks of the season, which incorporates the Sacramento State Invitational on Sept. 10-11.
Multimedia Choices For The Match
• Sacramento State video streams have a brand new house because the crew will now play on ESPN+. All house matches, and each match performed at a Huge Sky venue will likely be streamed on ESPN+ because the Huge Sky Convention entered right into a multi-year media rights settlement with the platform. The subscription-based service will stream on watchespn.com, ESPN+ and the ESPN App.
• All 5 matches throughout this week’s event will likely be streamed on ESPN+.
• Stay stats will even be made out there for each match of the event.
• A home page has been arrange for the event on the volleyball web page at hornetsports.com.
vs. This Week’s Opponents
• Sacramento State is 74-31 all-time in opposition to this week’s opponents.
• The Hornets are 52-24 vs. UC Davis. Sacramento State is 22-10 when enjoying the Aggies at house, however have dropped 4 straight contained in the Nest. The truth is, the final time the Hornets beat UC Davis on Colberg Court docket got here in a five-set victory on Sept. 15, 2009. The Hornets’ collection with UC Davis (76 matches) is the longest rivalry in opposition to any crew.
• The Hornets are 22-7 vs. San Francisco, together with an 11-2 mark when enjoying at house. The Hornets and Dons haven’t confronted one another since a four-set Sacramento State house win in 2017. Total, USF has gained three of the groups’ final 5 conferences.
• Sacramento State has by no means performed Florida.
vs. Ranked Opposition
• Since becoming a member of the Div. I ranks in 1991, Sacramento State is 7-49 in opposition to nationally ranked opponents.
• The Hornets will get one other crack at a nationally ranked crew as Sacramento State hosts sixth-ranked Florida on Saturday at 7 p.m.
• The Hornets’ final match vs. ranked opposition got here in a three-set loss at #20 Hawaii on Sept. 6, 2019.
• Sacramento State has dropped six straight with the crew’s final win over a nationally ranked opponents coming in a four-set impartial web site victory over Cal Poly on Sept. 15, 2007. That very same season, the Hornets had been a second spherical participant within the NCAA Match.
Wrapping Up The 2021 Spring Season
• Due to the pandemic, the Hornets’ 2020 fall indoor season was pushed to the spring, which means the crew will play its present fall schedule simply 5 months after the spring season concluded.
• The spring was an abbreviated season that started on Jan. 24 and concluded on March 31.
• All 17 matches had been performed in opposition to a Huge Sky Convention opponent, and the Hornets completed with a 10-6 report through the common season (7-1 at house) earlier than falling within the Huge Sky Tourney quarters.
• 4 gamers had been named second crew all-conference in Bridgette Smith, Caty Cordano, Kalani Hayes and Ashtin Olin. Smith was additionally named the Huge Sky’s Freshman of the Yr.
A lot Of Returners
• Followers will see many acquainted faces this fall, as 13 gamers return from a yr in the past.
• That features all six starters and libero. Starters embrace outdoors hitters Macey Hayden, Bridgette Smith and Caitlin Volkmann, center blockers Kalani Hayes and Sarah Falk, setter Ashtin Olin and libero Caty Cordano.
• Of the 13 returners, six are seniors. The Hornets welcome simply two new gamers to the roster in freshman outdoors hitter Ellie Tisko and sophomore outdoors hitter Alexa Carreon.
Welcoming Again Three Tremendous Seniors
• Tremendous seniors are gamers who expired their eligibility after final season, however are profiting from the NCAA granting an additional yr to athletes due to the pandemic.
• The Hornets have three such gamers who will likely be seniors for the second straight season – Macey Hayden, Cianna Andrews and Michelle Taynton.
• Each Andrews and Hayden enter their fifth seasons with the Hornets whereas Taynton begins her third.
• Andrews was a second crew all-Huge Sky choice in 2019 earlier than lacking almost all of final yr with harm. Hayden has 501 profession kills and 611 digs, and Taynton has 438 profession digs.
• Sacramento State ran a 6-2 offense final yr with setters Ashtin Olin and McKenna Smith operating issues, and will make use of the identical technique this season.
• Followers may have loads of alternatives to see the Hornets contained in the Nest. The Hornets play 16 occasions at house, which incorporates internet hosting two tournaments through the first three weeks of the season.
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