Volleyball Preps for Bears


By Abby Norman for WVUsports.com
November 09, 2012 02:56 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team welcomes the Baylor Bears on Saturday, Nov. 10, for a matchup at 1 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.

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

“Baylor is coming off a good win against a ranked Kansas team and just like everyone else this season, it is their first trip to Morgantown,” coach Jill Kramer says. “We are excited because we have Anna (Panagiotakopoulos) back in the mix and she has been in the gym with us for a week now. It is allowing us to do new things defensively and as our team develops, learns and grows, we are able to add more offensive and defensive things to the mix, which will allow us to see more success. We are excited about playing them this weekend and we are still hungry for a Big 12 victory.”

WVU (8-18, 0-12 Big 12) is coming off consecutive 3-0 losses in a row to Kansas and Oklahoma. Freshman outside hitter Hannah Sackett led the Mountaineers in the last two matches with a combined 19 kills and 3.17 kills per set. Sackett continues to lead WVU with 246 kills and 2.65 kills per set. The Somers, Mont., native is second on the team with 27 service aces, while also chipping in 116 digs and 32 total blocks.

Junior outside hitter Arielle Allen stepped into the middle blocker position for the Mountaineers in their match against the Sooners. Allen was one of three WVU players to record eight kills, while also recording a season- and career-high .583 hitting percentage, three service aces and three blocks.

In her first match back since Oct. 6, freshman libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos put up nine digs and two service aces against Oklahoma. The Phoenix, Ariz., native is tied for first on the team with freshman setter Brittany Sample with 257 digs and leads the team with 3.38 digs per set for the season.

After defeating then-No. 20 Kansas on Nov. 3, the Bears (17-10, 4-8 Big 12) dropped a 3-1 decision to Oklahoma this past Wednesday. Baylor had four players record double-digit kills in the match with Zoe Adom and Thea Munch-Soegaard leading the way with 13. Along with her 13 kills, Munch-Soegaard also recorded 14 digs for her fourth double-double of the season.

In Big 12 conference play, Adom is leading the team with 150 kills and 3.26 kills per set, while also recording seven-straight double-digit kill matches. Alyssa Dibbern is ranked ninth in the Big 12 in kills per set with 2.92 and has recorded 18 double-digit kill matches this season.

After dropping a 3-0 sweep to Baylor on Oct. 20, the Mountaineers are trailing the Bears in the series record 0-4.

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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