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Volleyball Travels to TCU for Final Road Match


By Abby Norman for WVUsports.com
November 23, 2012 03:20 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team wraps up its 2012 season by traveling to Fort Worth, Texas to play TCU on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m., EST at the University Recreation Center.

The meeting on Saturday against the Horned Frogs will be the final match of the season and the team’s last conference match in its inaugural Big 12 season. This will also be coach Jill Kramer’s first time coaching at her alma mater.

The Mountaineers (8-21, 0-15 Big 12) fell to No. 18 Iowa State on Wednesday night 3-0, in the team’s final home match of the season. Freshmen Caleah Wells and Nikki Attea led WVU with five kill each, while freshman libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos recorded 10 digs for her 12th double-digit dig match of the season.

Freshman outside hitter Hannah Sackett continues to lead the WVU offense with 262 kills, 2.57 kills per set and 29 service aces. Sackett is also ranked No. 7 in the Big 12 with 0.28 service aces per set.

Panagiotakopoulos and freshman Brittany Sample lead the defensive effort for WVU with 284 and 269 digs, respectively. Sample has recorded double-digit digs 12 times this season, while Panagiotakopoulos is ranked No. 7 in the Big 12 with 3.34 digs per set.

TCU (14-14, 3-12 Big 12) dropped its fourth straight match on Wednesday night at Oklahoma 3-1, with Stephanie Holland leading the Horned Frogs with 11 kills. Blaire Pickens posted a season- and career-high 10 kills and .409 hitting percentage in the match against the Sooners, while Alexia Heist recorded a double-double of 16 assists and 10 digs.

Yvonne Igodan leads the Horned Frogs with 300 kills and 3.23 kills per set, while Mattie Burleson leads the team in blocking with 111 total blocks and 1.22 blocks per set. Megan Munce is the team’s all-time leader in service aces and is averaging 0.39 service aces per set this season.

The matchup on Saturday is the third meeting between the teams in the last four years. Earlier this season, the Mountaineers put up a 2-0 lead in the match against TCU in Morgantown, before the Horned Frogs came back to take the next three sets and the match.

Fans unable to attend tomorrow’s match can follow the Mountaineers via GameTracker or a live WebStream at GoFrogs.com.



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