LAWRENCE, Kan. – The West Virginia University volleyball team lost to No. 20 Kansas 3-0 (16-25, 12-25, 18-25), Monday night, at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.
The Mountaineers (8-17, 0-11 Big 12) struggled offensively, as the Jayhawks (20-4, 8-2 Big 12) recorded a .418 hitting percentage and 41 kills.
A kill from freshman outside hitter Hannah Sackett
started WVU off in the first set, until multiple blocks by Kansas put the Jayhawks up 6-2. An error by Kansas combined with a service ace from freshman middle blocker Evyn McCoy
pulled the set within reach until a kill from Caroline Jarmoc ended the run. The Jayhawks would slowly stretch out their lead and win the first set 25-16.
Multiple errors by WVU would put them down early in the second set until a kill from Sackett and a block from McCoy and junior outside hitter Elzbieta Klein
tied the set at five. The Jayhawks capitalized off hitting errors by the Mountaineers to regain the lead and force WVU to call a timeout down 11-7. Out of the timeout, the Mountaineers responded with a kill from Klein and a block from freshmen Brittany Sample
and Caleah Wells
to cut the lead to two. The Jayhawks would not let the match slip away and would go on a 14-3 run to take the second set.
The Jayhawks took the lead to start the third set and never lost it as they would use the momentum to take the set and the match.
Sackett was the only player for WVU with double-digit kills by finishing with 11, while Klein recorded seven. Attea and junior defensive specialist Liz Gulick
led the defensive effort with six digs apiece.
The Mountaineers return to Morgantown to take on the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, Nov. 3 at noon at the WVU Coliseum.