MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team held its annual Gold-Blue Scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 24, at the WVU Coliseum with Team Gold claiming a 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-19) victory.
The Mountaineers played a fifth set to 15 points following the match .
“We tried to match the teams really evenly to make it a very competitive match, and I think we did a great job doing that,” says coach Jill Kramer. “It allowed for some really good competition and some extended rallies.”
The Blue Squad jumped out to an 11-3 lead in the first set, behind four kills from freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson
. Team Blue would hold off a late push from Team Gold to take set one, 25-23, and Anderson posted 19 kills on the day.
The Gold Squad, though, led by sophomore outside hitter Hannah Sackett
and freshman setter Haley Roe
, would claim wins in each of the next three sets to take the match.
“I felt the girls played very hard. We served and passed rather well,” Kramer says. “There are always some things we need to improve, but for the most part I was pleased with our performance.”
Roe led all players with 46 assists, with sophomore setter Brittany Sample
, from Team Blue, finishing in a close second with 44.
“I thought Haley (Roe) did really well leading the Gold side. The tempo on offense from the Blue side was pretty good, as well,” Kramer says. “They had a hard time connecting at times, but I think everyone needs to manage their swings a little bit better and get a little more efficient, but I think that is an easy fix.”
Sackett, who led all players with 69 total attempts, credits the energy level of the team as a positive to take away from the intrasquad scrimmage.
“Everyone came out full of energy. After two weeks straight of practice without a competition, everyone was so pumped to get after it today,” Sackett says. “The crowd was into it, and I think it helped fuel our excitement and gave us a different look than a normal practice.”
Sackett and the Mountaineers officially open their 2013 season Saturday, Aug. 31, in the Blue/Gold Invitational in Toledo, Ohio.