MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team lost to Oklahoma 3-0 (23-25, 10-25, 20-25) on Saturday, at the WVU Coliseum.
Despite a season-high performance from junior outside hitter Arielle Allen
, the Mountaineers (8-18, 0-12 Big 12) could not contain the Sooners’ (18-8, 7-4 Big 12) offensive presence.
“The one positive coming from this match is that we actually got some production out of the middle, which we haven’t seen in a long time, and we hit for a higher hitting percentage,” coach Jill Kramer says. “There are some areas of our game that still need to improve dramatically and we are going to keep after it for sure. We have to figure out what is going on between the first and second set and why we are not putting it together in the second set.”
WVU had a sluggish start as Oklahoma took an early 10-5 lead in the first set, before kills from Allen and freshman outside hitter Nikki Attea
pulled the set even at 12. The two teams traded points until a kill from Tara Dunn put the Sooners on a 4-0 run that forced the Mountaineers to call their first timeout. WVU attempted to close the gap with kills from Allen and outside hitters Hannah Sackett
and Elzbieta Klein
, but a service ace and kill from the Sooners closed out the first set in their favor.
The Mountaineers used both of their timeouts early in the second set after Oklahoma jumped to a 13-4 lead. The Sooners’ offense proved to be too much for WVU in the second set and closed out the set 25-10.
Oklahoma used the momentum from the second set to start the third set with a strong 12-5 lead. The Mountaineers slowly began to chip away at the lead with multiple service aces and a balanced attack to cut the Sooners’ lead down to one at 20-19. A kill from Grace Whitley gave the Sooners the momentum they needed to go on a 5-1 run and finish off the third set and take the match.
Attea, Sackett and Allen led the WVU offense with eight kills apiece, with Allen also recording a season- and career-high .583 hitting percentage, three blocks and three service aces. In her first game back since Oct. 6, freshman libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos
contributed nine digs and two service aces for the match.
The Mountaineers will continue at home as they host the Baylor Bears on Saturday, Nov. 10, with a match time of 5 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.