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Volleyball Storms Back, Beats Red Raiders


Volleyball
By Nick Arthur for WVUsports.com
October 05, 2013 04:11 PM
LUBBOCK, TEXAS – After dropping the first set, the West Virginia University volleyball team came back to beat Texas Tech 3-1 (24-26, 25-20, 25-19, 25-19) Saturday afternoon at United Spirit Arena.

Three different Mountaineers recorded double-doubles, pacing West Virginia to its first Big 12 Conference road win.

Sophomore setter Brittany Sample posted 44 assists and 19 digs, giving the Lewisville, Texas native her fourth double-double of the season.

The Mountaineers (15-2, 2-1) were led by freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson’s 18 kills while sophomores Hannah Sackett and Nikki Attea chipped in 15 and 11 kills, respectively.

Attea had 16 digs with the 11 kills – her fourth double-double of the season, while Anderson had 11 digs with the 18 kills – her seventh double-double of the season.

Sophomore libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos had 24 digs, helping lead the WVU defensive attack.

The Red Raiders (7-11, 0-3) dropped their third straight Big 12 match, while West Virginia has now won five of its last six matches.

The back-and-forth first set saw 11 ties and eight lead changes. Sample had eight assists and seven digs in the first set, but Texas Tech hit .220 as a team to win the set 26-24.

West Virginia bounced back in the second set, behind strong play from Sackett. The Somers, Mont. native led all players with six kills in the set. Sample dished out 15 assists and the Mountaineers won the set 25-20.

The visitors carried their momentum into the third set. Anderson recorded seven kills on 11 attempts for a .545 hitting percentage, while the Mountaineers held the Red Raiders to just a .081 hitting percentage as a team. WVU won the set, 25-19, to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

West Virginia took control in the fourth set, behind five more kills from Anderson. The Mountaineers hit .250 as a team and won the set, 25-19, to take the match.

West Virginia returns to action this Wednesday, Oct. 9, against Baylor at 6:30 p.m. The match will be played at the WVU Coliseum and has been deemed Dig Pink Night, with all fans encouraged to wear pink for breast cancer awareness.



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