MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team won its first match on the second day of the West Virginia Golden Horseshoe challenge by defeating Radford 3-1 (26-24, 18-25, 25-22, 25-22), Saturday at the WVU Coliseum.
The Mountaineers (5-5, 0-1 Big 12) split the first two sets with the Highlanders (5-5, 0-0 Big South) before taking the final two sets to win the match.
Radford kept a two point lead the majority of the first set and were up 23-21 until two attack error by the Highlanders and a kill from freshman outside hitter Hannah Sackett
gave WVU an advantage and its first set point. Radford would fight back to tie the set until another error by the Highlanders and a kill from freshman outside hitter Nikki Attea
gave the Mountaineers the set 26-24.
The teams would go back in forth in the second set until a 5-0 serving run from Christine Beckham gave Radford an 18-13 lead. WVU would attempt to close the gap, but the Highlanders recorded seven total blocks on their way to taking the set 25-18 and tying the match at one set a piece.
After the break, WVU would take an early 10-4 lead in the third set with four different Mountaineers recording kills. The Highlanders would not let the set slip away as they went on to tie the match at 20-20 with two straight kills from Rachel Wiechecki. The set would be tied two more times until a kill from junior outside hitter Elzbieta Klein
and a service ace from freshman libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos
ended the set and gave WVU a 2-1 lead in the match.
With a strong offensive attack from middle blockers Evyn McCoy
and Caleah Wells
and four team service aces, WVU would go on to take the fourth set 25-22 and the match.
The Mountaineers had four players record double-digit kills with Wells and Klein each posting 12 while Sackett and McCoy each chipped in 10. Freshman setter Brittany Sample
recorded a double-double with 45 assists and 11 digs while Panagiotakopoulos had 22 digs and three service aces.
WVU will wrap up the tournament later tonight when it takes on Wright State at 6:30 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.