MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team fell in its last home conference match to No. 18 Iowa State 3-0 (13-25, 17-25, 11-25), Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum.
The Mountaineers (8-21, 0-15 Big 12) never found an offensive rhythm as the Cyclones (19-7, 12-3 Big 12) took control of the match with 48 kills and a .433 hitting percentage.
A 6-0 run by Iowa State to start the first set forced WVU to use its first timeout before a kill from freshman middle blocker Caleah Wells
gave the Mountaineers their first point. Iowa State would continue to make strong runs as a service ace from Rachel Hockaday put WVU down 15-6 and made the Mountaineers use their second timeout of the set. WVU could not close the gap, as Iowa State went on to take the first set 25-13.
The second set started out with the teams trading points until a serving run by Jenelle Hudson stretched out the lead for the Cyclones. The Mountaineers would chip away at the lead with service runs by freshmen Brittany Sample
and Anna Panagiotakopoulos
to bring the set within two, but Iowa State would not let them any closer as they went on to take the second set and a 2-0 lead in the match.
With the momentum on their side, the Cyclones began the third set with a 4-0 run and never looked back as they took the third set and the match.
Wells and freshman outside hitter Nikki Attea
led the team with five kills each, while Panagiotakopoulos recorded 10 digs.
The Mountaineers conclude their 2012 season on Saturday, Nov. 21 as the team takes on the TCU Horned Frogs at 2 p.m., at the University Recreation Center in Fort Worth, Texas.