College Sports

Memorable victory for Sac State women’s volleyball team

The Sacramento State women’s volleyball team defeated Weber State 25-9, 25-18, 20-25, 25-17 on Thursday to clinch a spot in the Big Sky Conference tournament for the first time since 2011.

Sac State senior Lauren Kissell had a match-high 18 kills and the Hornets had a school-record-tying 15 aces as they won their seventh consecutive match to improve to 23-5 and 10-3 in the conference. The Hornets are 10-1 at home, including 7-0 in conference matches.

15 Aces for the Sacramento State women’s volleyball team Thursday, which ties a school record

The 23 victories are the most for the Hornets since 2007, Debby Colberg’s last season of her 32 years coaching the Hornets. Colberg, retired Sac State club volleyball coach Weidi Zhang and former players attended Thursday’s match on Alumni Appreciation Night. The group was introduced to the crowd during the match and received a standing ovation.

The Sacramento State women’s volleyball team has 23 victories this season, the most for the program since 2007.

Colberg is the winningest coach in any sport at Sac State. She had 828 victories and 30 winning seasons, made 20 NCAA tournament appearances, and won 18 conference titles and two national championships. The court in the Hornets’ gym is named in her honor.

After Thursday’s win, Sac State is two games behind Northern Arizona (12-1) and one game behind Idaho State (11-2) in the Big Sky’s South Division standings with three games remaining. Sac State hosts Idaho State on Saturday at 7 p.m. in its final home match of the regular season.

The winner of the Big Sky’s regular-season title will host the conference tournament Nov. 19-21.

Bill Paterson: 916-326-5506, @SacBee_BillP