Volleyball Plays Last Non-Conference Foe

  • By Abby Norman
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  • October 05, 2012 11:57 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team is set to welcome its last non-conference foe, Duquesne, on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.

“I felt like this was a good opportunity for us to schedule a match with a regional opponent that is quite good,” coach Jill Kramer says. “Duquesne is a solid team. They are undefeated in Atlantic 10 Conference play and they bring a lot of good things to the table and it is another opportunity for us to get better.”

The Mountaineers (8-10, 0-5 Big 12) are coming off a 3-1 loss to No. 24 Kansas on Wednesday that saw WVU take a set from a ranked opponent for the first time this season and the first time since going five sets with then-No. 23 Cincinnati in 2010. Freshman outside hitter Nikki Attea led WVU for the eighth match in a row with 14 kills, while also posting six digs and three blocks.

Freshman outside hitter Hannah Sackett and Attea lead the Mountaineer offense with 167 and 166 kills, respectively. Freshman Brittany Sample is still tied for first in the Big 12 with nine double-doubles on the season, while also leading WVU with 650 assists.

“We had a short turnaround from our five-day road trip to Kansas on Wednesday and I think the girls came out really strong in that match and showed that they are more than prepared for quick turnarounds,” Kramer says. “They showed that they can come out and work hard and play with the best of them still. This match just gives us a chance to build more rhythm and continuity.”

Duquesne (15-5, 4-0 Atlantic 10) is off to its best start in conference play since 1993. Mary Henry was recently named A-10 Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season after leading the Dukes to a pair of wins over St. Louis and Butler this past weekend. Henry posted 11.44 assists per set and 2.44 digs per set including a season- and career-high 54 assists in the five-set victory over St. Louis.

Allison Foschia, a two-time Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Week this season, leads the Dukes with 209 kills, 3.03 kills per set and is third on the team with 193 digs. Middle blocker Ashley Buse’s .365 hitting percentage leads Duquesne and is currently ranked No. 49 in the nation and No. 2 in the Atlantic 10.

The Mountaineers hold a 27-17 advantage in the series against the Dukes. In their last meeting in 2010, Duquesne took the match 3-1 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Fans unable to attend tomorrow’s match can follow the Mountaineers via GameTracker and a free WebStream presented by Kroger at WVUsports.com.