MOREHEAD, Ky. – The West Virginia University volleyball team defeated Morehead State 3-1 (16-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-19) Friday night in front of a crowd of 720 at Wetherby Gymnasium in the Eagle Challenge.
The Mountaineers (8-0) were led by sophomore Nikki Attea
’s 15 kills on 28 attempts.
“They have great fans at Morehead State, and they play with really high energy,” says coach Jill Kramer. “It took us a little while to adjust to that. In the first set, they really controlled the tempo of the game.
“We regrouped and we talked about what we needed to do as a team,” Kramer says. “We weren’t playing our best volleyball and we still found a way to win.”
Freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson
recorded her fifth double-double of the season, registering 12 kills and 14 digs for the match.
The Eagles (4-4) would use a .250 team hitting percentage to win the first set by a score of 25-16. Anderson led the Mountaineers with three kills, while sophomore setter Brittany Sample
added seven assists.
“This environment is really similar to the environment we’re going to be playing in, while in Big 12 play,” says Attea. “Being able to fight through the crazy fans and the home court advantage for the other team was a big step for us.”
West Virginia bounced back in the second set, behind five kills on eight attempts from Attea. The Mountaineers led by as many as seven in the set, and were able to hold off a late push from the Eagles to take the set 25-23.
The Mountaineers would use more strong play from Attea in the third set to fuel a 25-22 set win.
“They were really focusing on our middles, and Nikki (Attea) stepped up,” Kramer says. “It’s always nice when you’re able to adjust to other teams and have players step up to challenge.”
WVU posted a .367 team hitting percentage in the fourth set, while holding Morehead State to just a .029 percentage. Sample distributed 13 assists, leading the visitors to a 25-19 set win to clinch the match.
Sample would finish with 39 assists, and Wells led all players with four blocks.
West Virginia returns to action on Saturday at 11 a.m., against Campbell (7-2), then will face Hampton (4-3) at 4:30 p.m.