Volleyball Hosts Iowa State in Final Home Match


By Abby Norman for WVUsports.com
November 20, 2012 03:33 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team welcomes the No. 18 Iowa State Cyclones on Wednesday, Nov. 21, for a matchup at 6:30 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.

This is the last home match of the 2012 season and will serve as Senior Night for lone senior Karly Rasmussen.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Iowa State to Morgantown,” coach Jill Kramer says. “They are a well coached team and play very good defense. We expect them to dig a lot of balls, which can make for long, exciting rallies.

“With this being our last home match of the season, we will also be honoring our senior, Karly Rasmussen. Karly is our only senior and has done so much to help create the culture of our volleyball program. We thank her for her time at WVU and she will be missed.”

WVU (8-20, 0-14 Big 12) is coming off a 3-0 sweep at the hands of No. 3 Texas last weekend. Freshman outside hitter Nikki Attea led the Mountaineers in kills for the 11th time this season with eight, while junior middle blocker Arielle Allen led the team with eight digs and three blocks.

Freshman outside hitter Hannah Sackett continues to pace the Mountaineers’ offense with 258 kills and 2.61 kills per set, while also leading the team with 29 service aces. Attea follows closely behind with 239 kills and 2.34 kills per set, while also posting 59 total blocks which is good for third on the team.

No. 18 Iowa State (18-7, 11-3 Big 12) is riding an eight game winning streak, which includes victories over two ranked opponents. In the last 11 games, the Cyclones are 10-1, with their only loss coming to then-No.8 Texas on Oct. 17.

In their two wins last week over then-No. 20 Kansas State and Baylor, the Cyclones were led by Andie Malloy, who recorded a combined 31 kills, 4.13 kills per set and also hit a team-high .279. For her efforts, Malloy was named Big 12 Freshman of the Week this past Monday.

Wednesday’s match will be the fifth time the teams have met, with Iowa State holding a 3-1 record over the Mountaineers in the series. Earlier this season, the Cyclones swept WVU 3-0 in Ames, Iowa with the Mountaineers hitting a season-low 0.010 hitting percentage.

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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