MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team defeated Fordham 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-23) Saturday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum.
“Fordham was probably the most physical out of the visiting teams that we've played,” says coach Jill Kramer. “I knew they were going to come out and play hard, but it was more important to me that we came out with more energy than we did yesterday.
“And in each set, I thought we did a great job of doing exactly that. We were alert, followed the game plan and executed.”
The Mountaineers (6-0) have tied their best start in program history in 1987.
Sophomore outside hitter Hannah Sackett
racked up 14 kills on 32 attempts for a .406 hitting percentage, and sophomore setter Brittany Sample
continued her recent stretch of stellar play, while posting 31 assists.
“We were in a little bit of a different situation today because Fordham was really getting after Jordan (Anderson),” Kramer says. “It's the first time we've experienced that and it's very comforting that the rest of the group can recognize that and pick up their play.”
The 14 kills were a season high for Sackett.
“I definitely think that when you walk off the court, it's not your own play that you feel resonating in you,” Sackett says. “In the end, it's about how the team worked together and how we as a whole performed.”
Sophomore libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos
and Sample helped guide the Mountaineers to a 25-21 first set win. WVU was able to claim seven of the final 10 points of the set, behind 12 set assists from Sample.
West Virginia took control of the match in the second match, holding the Rams (3-3) to a -.261 hitting percentage in the set. Sophomore Caleah Wells
had her hand in five blocks during the set, and the Mountaineers held Fordham to just six kills.
Sackett and the Mountaineers were able to clinch the straight-set win in a competitive third set, 25-23.
WVU returns to action this evening at 6:30 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum against Navy for its final match in the Mountaineer Invitational.