Volleyball: Mountaineers Fight Hard in Loss
October 02, 2010 03:52 PM
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – The West Virginia University volleyball team fought hard this afternoon despite falling to BIG EAST foe Seton Hall at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, N.J.
The Pirates improved to 7-11, 2-1 BIG EAST after defeating the Mountaineers (11-7, 1-2) in a 3-1 (25-19, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16) match.
Seton Hall started the match with a strong showing in set one as junior Meghan Matusiak posted seven kills, including one to end the set. WVU stepped up at the net and posted four-team blocks, despite falling behind early.
A kill from senior middle blocker Lauren Evans followed by a WVU block, put the Mountaineers on top first in the second set. However, tied at 13, kills from Seton Hall’s career kills leader Sarah Osmun and Matusiak sent the Pirates on a run to gain some momentum and the lead.
The Pirates carried that momentum into the third set as they earned a quick 2-7advantage. The Mountaineers refused to fall and fought back with a run of their own as Evans and senior Andrea Miller posted another team block to bring the score to within one. The two teams continued to battle until a kill from junior setter Kari Post and a service ace from junior Serinna Russo led WVU to a victory.
The Mountaineers did their best in set four, but fell as the Pirates stepped up with 17 kills and three team blocks to win the match.
Russo led WVU with a double-double with 16 kills and 10 digs. Post also had a good match with 32 assists, while senior libero Bonnie West recorded 17 digs.
WVU continues action tomorrow with a 2 p.m. match at Rutgers.