Volleyball Continues Big 12 Play


By Abby Norman for WVUsports.com
October 12, 2012 03:43 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team is set to welcome its next Big 12 opponent when Texas Tech travels to the WVU Coliseum for a match on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.

The match is a designated “Dollar Day,” with all tickets and select concessions available for one dollar each.

“We are excited to have another Big 12 match at home because we haven’t had one at home since we have played Kansas and I like the way our group came out that night,” coach Jill Kramer says. “The team is looking forward to getting better tomorrow and we are always looking for that first Big 12 victory.”

WVU (8-12, 0-6 Big 12) is coming off a 3-0 loss to Iowa State on Wednesday where the team recorded a season-low hitting percentage of .010. Freshman outside hitter Nikki Attea and junior outside hitter Elzbieta Klein led the offensive effort with six kills apiece. Klein had a team-high 12 digs in the match while Attea and junior defensive specialist Liz Gulick each chipped in nine.

Attea leads the Mountaineers with 53 kills and 2.41 kills in conference play while also posting 12 total blocks. The East Amherst, N.Y., native is one of four newcomers to start and play in every Big 12 match this season. She is also one of five players on the WVU roster to record more than 100 kills this season and is only 23 away from reaching the 200 mark.

“We had some real specific goals for the match against Iowa State and we did a really good job with them,” Kramer says. “Although we didn’t come away with the victory, we had some other little battles that we won in that match. As long as we continue to do those things, we are going to keep improving every match.”

Texas Tech (11-10, 0-5 Big 12), also in search of its first Big 12 win, fell at Baylor on Wednesday 3-1 after winning the first set for the second match in a row. The Red Raiders took the first set against then-No. 22 Iowa State at home on Oct. 6 before falling in the final three sets.

Emily Ehrle led Texas Tech over the last two matches with 10 kills against the Cyclones and 12 against the Bears. Ehrle leads the team with 195 kills and with five more kills, will become the sixth freshman in Red Raider history to reach 200 kills.

Defensively, Rachel Brummitt leads the Red Raiders’ back court with 355 digs and 4.49 digs per set, which is good for fourth in the Big 12. Brummitt was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, twice, this season after helping Texas Tech to an 8-0 record at the beginning of the season.

Saturday is only the third meeting between the teams with Texas Tech having a 2-0 advantage over the Mountaineers. The last meeting came in 1995 in Morgantown, W.Va., with the Red Raiders taking the match 3-1.

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



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