Volleyball Takes on the Sooners

  • By Abby Norman
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  • November 02, 2012 03:42 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team is set to welcome the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, Nov. 3, for a matchup at noon at the WVU Coliseum.

Admission to the match against the Sooners is free courtesy of United Bank.

“Oklahoma is a great team, they are coached really well and play great defense,” coach Jill Kramer says. “We have been working on some things in practice this week to improve our offensive numbers and dig more balls. When we take care of the serving and passing game and dig more balls, we are going to put ourselves in a good position to be competitive with this team. We played Oklahoma well the first time around and we have improved a lot since the first time we saw them. We are excited to welcome them to Morgantown.”

The Mountaineers (8-17, 0-11 Big 12) are coming off of losses to Texas Tech (1-3) and Kansas (0-3). Freshman outside hitter Nikki Attea led all players with 19 kills over the two games, including 15 kills against the Red Raiders which was an individual season-high in a four-set match. Attea, along with freshman setter Brittany Sample, each recorded double-doubles against Texas Tech with Attea posting 11 digs with her 15 kills and Sample chipping in 30 assists and 12 digs.

Junior defensive specialist Liz Gulick also finished with 12 digs in the match with Texas Tech. This is the ninth time this season Gulick has posted double-digit digs and the second match in a row after recording 10 against Kansas State on Oct. 24.

Freshman Hannah Sackett continues to pace the Mountaineers’ offense with 238 kills and 2.64 kills per set. Attea follows closely behind with 221 kills and 2.38 per set, while both players have also recorded over 100 digs this season.

Oklahoma (17-8, 6-4 Big 12) had its first series sweep this past Wednesday with a 3-0 win over Texas Tech, which was the Sooner’s 15th consecutive victory over the Red Raiders. Sallie McLaurin led Oklahoma with 12 kills, while Maria Fernanda chipped in 14 digs in the match against Texas Tech.

McLaurin leads the Sooners with 246 kills, 2.83 kills per set, a .386 hitting percentage and 126 total blocks. McLaurin’s .386 hitting percentage is ranked No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 22 in the nation, while her 1.45 blocks per set are also ranked No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 17 in the nation.

This will be the first time in program history that Oklahoma will travel to Morgantown. The Sooners defeated the Mountaineers 3-1 back on Sept. 29 and currently hold a 2-0 series record over WVU.

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