MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team will travel to Moon Township, Pa., for a non-conference match with the Robert Morris Colonials on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m., at the Charles L. Sewell Center.
“We haven’t had a lot of opportunities to play a lot of matches on the road because we have had the luxury of playing at home quite a bit,” coach Jill Kramer says. “This game is going to be another opportunity for us to get used to playing in a different environment. Robert Morris is a formidable opponent, and they are not a team that we take lightly. They are a good team, and they are coached well.
“We need to keep taking care of the ball on our side of the net and work on our serving and passing game. This game is going to give us an opportunity to do those things on the road which is always good.”
The Mountaineers are coming off a 3-1 showing and second-place finish at the West Virginia Golden Horseshoe Challenge. WVU lost its first match to Maryland-Eastern Shore (1-3) before taking wins against Saint Peter’s (3-0), Radford (3-1) and Wright State (3-0).
Freshmen Nikki Attea
and Anna Panagiotakopoulos
were named to the all-tournament team at the challenge. Attea led the team with 10 kills and a .381 hitting percentage against Wright State and posted 31 kills, 28 digs and five blocks over the course of the four-match tournament. Panagiotakopoulos led the team defensively with 51 digs and 17 service aces, including a season- and career-high 22 digs against Radford.
As a team, the Mountaineers currently lead the Big 12 Conference in service aces. WVU has 65 service aces over 37 sets for an average of 1.76 service aces per set. Sophomore Evyn McCoy
, freshman Hannah Sackett
and senior Karly Rasmussen
all rank in the top 10 in service aces in the Big 12. McCoy is ranked No. 4 with 0.43 service aces per set, while Sackett and Rasmussen are tanked No. 7 and 8 with 0.38 and 0.33 service aces per set, respectively.
Robert Morris is coming off a 1-3 weekend at the Maddie Bingaman Memorial Tournament hosted by UMBC. The Colonials lost to the tournament host UMBC (0-3), Colorado (0-3) and James Madison (0-3) and took a victory against Howard (3-0).
The Colonials were picked to finish fourth in the NEC preseason poll, under the direction of second-year coach Dale Starr. Lindsey Monger leads Robert Morris with 127 kills, 3.63 kills per set, 15 service aces and 128 digs, while Hannah Hoffman guides the offense with 240 assists.
WVU currently holds a 17-3 series record over the Colonials, with the Mountaineers taking a 3-1 victory over Robert Morris last year.