TOLEDO, OHO – The West Virginia University volleyball team defeated Toledo 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-22) Sunday afternoon, winning the Blue/Gold Invitational.
The Mountaineers (3-0) held the Rockets (2-2) to just a .142 hitting percentage for the match, while WVU hit a .423 percentage as a team.
“I’m proud of the group for having such a consistent weekend,” says coach Jill Kramer. “We did a great job of communicating, and continuing to control the tempo of the match.”
Kramer and the Mountaineers are off to a 3-0 start for the second time in the last four seasons.
“It’s all relative. I’m so much more focused on where we are as a group right now, than the win/loss column,” Kramer says. “The way we’re playing the game, the tempo we create, the decisions we make and competing at crunch time have all been crucial for us.”
Sophomore setter Brittany Sample
was named the Invitational’s Most Valuable Player, registering 119 assists in three matches.
“Brittany did a great job of creating great scoring opportunities for her hitters throughout the entire weekend,” Kramer says. “She led the team well and was very steady.”
The Mountaineers were able to come back in the first set against Toledo and seal the win, 25-19. Senior outside hitter Elzbieta Klein
provided a spark off the bench, tallying seven kills in the set.
Klein would go on to tie a career high with 14 kills for the match.
West Virginia jumped out to an early lead in the second set, behind 13 assists from sophomore setter Brittany Sample
, and held off a late push from the Rockets. Freshman Jordan Anderson
added seven kills in the second set, helping the Mountaineers secure another 25-19 set win.
WVU carried its momentum into the third set, ultimately earning a 25-22 set win. Middle blockers Evyn McCoy
and Caleah Wells
held strong in the middle, blocking numerous Rocket attempts.
Anderson posted 13 kills and 10 digs against Toledo, giving her a double-double in each of her first three matches as a Mountaineer.
Sophomore libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos
led the Mountaineers with 14 digs, and Wells, Anderson and Sample were all named to the All-Invitational team.
“Anna (Panagiotakopoulos) was really steady all weekend,” Kramer says. “She really anchored our passing and defense and did a great job executing.”
West Virginia defeated Eastern Illinois and Loyola-Chicago Saturday, and will return to action this Friday, Sept. 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7, for the Mountaineer Invitational at the WVU Coliseum.