MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team begins the second half of Big 12 Conference play by hosting the No. 16 Kansas State Wildcats on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.
The match against the Wildcats has been designated the annual Dig Pink game, where all fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.
“This is Kansas State’s first time to Morgantown this season and it is a good opportunity to show them what the environment is going to be like now and in future years when they come to WVU,” coach Jill Kramer says. “The girls have been working hard and we have real specific goals for round two of conference play. The team is still hungry for that first Big 12 win and as long as they keep getting after it in the gym and bringing that to match play, we are going to be good.
“We need to keep developing them and continue to make more positive plays on the ball and play with a high level of focus and intensity for the entire match.”
Against Baylor, freshman outside hitter Hannah Sackett
led the Mountaineers (8-14, 0-8 Big 12) in kills for the sixth time this season with 13. The Somers, Mont., native, posted nine digs and was one shy of recording her first double-double of the season. Junior outside hitter Arielle Allen
led the defensive effort against the Bears with 13 digs, marking the fifth time this season she has recorded double-digit digs.
Junior defensive specialist Liz Gulick
recorded a season- and career-high four service aces in the match. Gulick’s four service aces helped lead the team to tie its three-set season-high of eight service aces.
Freshman outside hitter Nikki Attea
is only six kills away from reaching the 200 kill mark this season The East Amherst, N.Y., native, currently averages 2.34 kills per set and leads the Mountaineers in conference play with 70 kills.
No. 16 Kansas State (18-3, 5-3 Big 12) took a five-set decision against Texas Tech last Saturday to stay tied for third in the Big 12 standings. Alex Muff posted 17 kills and a .598 hitting percentage, which ranks fourth in school history for a five-set match. Kaitlynn Pelger led the team with 18 kills and 18 digs, which was her sixth double-double of the season.
The Wildcats are ranked statistically among the best in the nation with its highest ranking coming at No. 16 in assists per set with 13.46. The Kansas State offense is ranked No. 17 in hitting percentage (.270) and No. 26 in kills per set (14.23).
In the first meeting between the teams earlier this season, Kansas State swept WVU 3-0 at Ahearn Fieldhouse in Manhattan, Kan., on Sept. 27.
Fans unable to attend tomorrow’s match can follow the Mountaineers via GameTracker and a free WebStream presented by Kroger at WVUsports.com.