MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Leading the way with a .692 hitting percentage, freshman Caleah Wells
guided the West Virginia University volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-16) sweep of Saint Peter’s, Friday night at the WVU Coliseum.
The Mountaineers (4-5, 0-1 Big 12) had a season-high 10 team service aces on their way to victory over the Peacocks (1-10, 0-0 MAAC).
“We did a better job of taking care of the ball on our side of the net,” coach Jill Kramer says. “We still had too many errors, but that was the best job we have done all year at the service line. We are going through some growing pains with a young team and we still need to learn to make more positive plays on the ball.”
WVU held Saint Peter’s to 12 points in the first set which is the lowest point total scored by an opponent this season against the Mountaineers. Wells and junior outside hitter Elzbieta Klein
each recorded a .800 hitting percentage in the first set, while WVU as a team recorded a .560 hitting percentage.
The Peacocks came out in the second set and kept the match close until two kills from Wells and a service ace from freshman outside hitter Hannah Sackett
gave the Mountaineers its first lead of the set. Saint Peter’s would close the gap within two, but WVU would not let the lead slip as Sackett put down her fifth kill to end the set 25-17.
WVU used the momentum from the first two sets to win the third set and take the match.
Wells led all hitters with 10 kills and two blocks while senior setter Karly Rasmussen
led the team with four service aces.
WVU will continue the tournament tomorrow where the team will take on Radford at Noon and Wright State at 6:30 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.
“We need to take care of the ball on our side of the net,” Kramer says. “We can do a lot of really good things and when we take care of the ball on the first contact, we really open things up for ourselves. We need to put forth a great defensive effort. Both of these teams do a good job of keeping the ball in play and getting it back over the net. They pick up a lot of balls on defense and they play really hard. We need to bring our ‘A’ game tomorrow.”