MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team wraps up the first half of Big 12 Conference play by traveling to Waco, Texas, to play Baylor on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m., at the Ferrell Center.
“We look at every match as another opportunity to get better and work on specific things with our group,” coach Jill Kramer says. “We are still hungry for that first Big 12 win and like every other Big 12 team, Baylor is solid. We have to keep getting better at taking care of the ball on our side of the net.
“The serving and passing game is always going to be important, but even more so in this match. First ball contacts are going to be important and our middles could have a great match when we take care of that first ball. We want to do everything we can to get them going.”
The Mountaineers (8-13, 0-7 Big 12) are coming off two losses last week to Iowa State (0-3) and Texas Tech (1-3). Over the two matches, junior outside hitter Elzbieta Klein
led the WVU offense with 20 kills, 2.86 kills per set and also chipped in 23 digs. Klein led the team in digs versus Iowa State with 12 and 11 against Texas Tech.
In the match against Texas Tech, WVU had three players record double-doubles for the first time this season. Klein recorded 14 kills and 11 digs, while freshman outside hitter Nikki Attea
and freshman setter Brittany Sample
posted 11 kills and 11 digs and 41 assists and 12 digs, respectively.
Freshman Hannah Sackett
continues to pace the Mountaineer offense with 203 kills and 2.64 kills, while also being tied with sophomore middle blocker Evyn McCoy
with 26 service aces for the season. McCoy also leads WVU with 66 total blocks this season and 0.82 blocks per set.
Baylor (15-7, 2-5 Big 12) is coming off a tightly contested five-set victory over TCU on Wednesday, where the Bears recorded a season- and Big 12 conference-high 105 digs. Alyssa Dibbern had a match-high 21 kills, while Preseason All-Big 12 team selection Torri Campbell recorded 14 kills.
The Bears had five players post double-digit digs in the match with Kate Harris leading the way with 20. Along with her double-digit digs, Harris also recorded 53 assists for her Big 12 leading 13th double-double this season.
Dibbern leads the Baylor offense with 239 kills and 3.03 kills per set, while also posting 58 total blocks. The Bears also have four other players averaging over 2.00 kills per set and three players over the 200 dig mark.
Baylor holds a 3-0 advantage over the Mountaineers in the series record. The last time the teams met up was in 2011 in Waco, Texas where Baylor swept the match 3-0.
Fans unable to attend tomorrow’s match can follow the Mountaineers via GameTracker or a live WebStream at BaylorBears.com.