MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team is set to travel to the No. 23 Iowa State Cyclones in a midweek Big 12 matchup on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m., at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
“We are looking forward to getting better,” coach Jill Kramer says. “We are, first and foremost, still looking to improve some real specific areas of our game and to be better at those things in crunch time. The team has done a really good job of cleaning some things up throughout a match, but we still need to be consistent when it counts.”
The Mountaineers (8-11, 0-5 Big 12) are coming off a week where the team dropped matches to then-No. 24 Kansas (1-3) and Duquesne (2-3). In the match against the Jayhawks, WVU took a set from a ranked opponent for the first time this season and the first time since 2010 when the Mountaineers went five sets with then-No. 23 Cincinnati.
Freshman outside hitter Hannah Sackett
led WVU over the two matches with 22 kills, 2.44 kills per set and a .358 hitting percentage. Sackett recorded 20 kills against Duquesne, which was a match-high and the fifth time this season that she has led the team in kills.
After posting six service aces in the two matches this past week, sophomore middle blocker Evyn McCoy
moved up to No. 5 in the Big 12 in service aces per set with 0.36. Freshman setter Brittany Sample
also recorded her league-leading 10th double-double with 45 assists and 13 digs against the Dukes.
Iowa State (9-6, 3-12 Big 12) will be looking for their program’s 700th win when the Mountaineers visit the Hilton Coliseum on Wednesday. Last week, the Cyclones fell to then-No. 14 ranked Kansas State (0-3) before defeating Texas Tech (3-1).
Junior libero Kristen Hahn made Big 12 history on Monday when she became the first played to be named Defensive Player of the Week four weeks straight. Hahn averaged 6.00 digs per set in the two matches and has had 25 straight matches with double-digit digs.
“Christy (Johnson-Lynch) has created a really great thing at Iowa State,” Kramer says. “I am looking forward to going there because I know it is going to be a great environment to compete in and the fans just love good volleyball in general. They have seniors in important positions, and they are going to be a really fun team to play against.”
Wednesday’s match will be the fourth time the teams have met, with Iowa State holding a 2-1 record over the Mountaineers in the series. The last meeting between the teams came in 2003 at a tournament in Bowling Green, Ohio, where the Cyclones swept WVU 3-0.
Fans unable to attend tomorrow’s match can follow the Mountaineers via GameTracker or a live WebStream at Cyclones.com.