MANHATTAN, Kan. – The West Virginia University volleyball team fell in its first Big 12 road trip match to Kansas State 3-0 (8-25, 19-25, 17-25) on Thursday at the Ahearn Field House.
In their very first meeting, the Wildcats (14-1, 1-1 Big 12) offense recorded 45 kills for a .368 hitting percentage against the Mountaineers (8-8, 0-3 Big 12).
Kansas State controlled the majority of the set after Caitlyn Donahue went on a 12-0 scoring run to give the Wildcats a 22-5 lead. WVU would respond with three more points but the Mountaineers could not contain the Kansas State offense as they took the first set after hitting a .565 hitting percentage.
The Mountaineers took an early 4-1 lead to begin the second set off of kills from freshman outside hitter Nikki Attea
and junior outside hitter Elzbieta Klein
. WVU would hold on to the lead until a serving run by Kaitlynn Pelger and Donahue gave the Wildcats the advantage at 11-7. The Mountaineers would attempt to close the gap and would hold off set point twice until a kill from Dakota Kaufman would give Kansas State the second set 25-19 and a 2-0 lead in the match.
With the momentum on their side, the Wildcats would take set three 25-17 and the match.
Attea led WVU with six kills while sophomore Evyn McCoy
chipped in five kills and only one error for a .444 hitting percentage. Freshman libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos
led all players with 12 digs while freshman setter Brittany Sample
The team’s first Big 12 road trip will continue as WVU travels to Norman, Okla., to take on the Oklahoma Sooners, at 8 p.m., on Sept. 29.