Volleyball Heads to No. 3 Texas

  • By Abby Norman
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  • November 16, 2012 10:32 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team is set to travel to the No. 3 Texas Longhorns on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Gregory Gymnasium in Austin, Texas with the match slated to begin at 2 p.m., EST and will be televised on the Longhorn Network.

“We are excited to go down to Austin and play a great Texas team,” coach Jill Kramer says. “They just solidified their Big 12 Championship and we are excited to go in there and play in a great environment and bring our best match to the floor.

“It is a great opportunity for the kids that we have on our team to go back to Texas and get to play there. It is always nice to be able to get to compete against teams that are traditionally making big runs in the NCAA tournament and going to the Final Four year in and year out. Gregory Gymnasium is a great volleyball environment to go and compete in and we are excited for the opportunity.”

The Mountaineers (8-19, 0-13 Big 12) are still looking for their first Big 12 win this season, with only three matches remaining on the schedule. WVU is coming off a 3-0 loss to the Baylor Bears on Nov. 10.

In the match against the Bears, freshman middle blocker Caleah Wells and junior outside hitter Elzbieta Klein led the team with seven kills apiece. Wells also had zero errors for the day for a .412 hitting percentage, while also chipping in two blocks.

Freshman libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos finished with 14 digs for her 13th double-digit dig match of the season, while freshman outside hitter Hannah Sackett recorded 11 digs for her first double-digit dig match this season.

Sackett continues to lead the WVU offense with 251 kills and 2.61 kills per set and also leads the team with 29 service aces and 0.30 service aces per set. Freshman outside hitter Nikki Attea is the only other player with over 200 kills, while also averaging 2.33 kills per set.

No. 3 Texas (22-3, 14-0) just clinched its fifth Big 12 title in the last six years and sixth in program history with a 3-0 victory over Texas Tech on Wednesday. The Longhorns are currently riding a 16-match winning streak and are hitting .339 as a team in Big 12 play, while holding opponents to a .146 hitting percentage.

Haley Eckerman leads the Longhorns with 397 kills, 4.62 kills per set and 38 service aces. Eckerman leads all players in the Big 12 in kills (397), kills per set (4.62) points per set (5.31) and service aces per set (0.44). As a team, Texas is ranked first in the Big 12 and third in the nation in hitting percentage with .307 and blocks per set with 3.13.

Saturday’s match is only the second meeting between the Longhorns and Mountaineers. Texas swept WVU 3-0 earlier this season on Aug. 29 in the Mountaineers’ first Big 12 match of its inaugural season in the conference.

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