Volleyball to Host Mountaineer Invitational

  • By Nick Arthur
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  • September 05, 2013 02:12 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team will face Norfolk State, Canisius, Fordham and Navy this Friday, Sept 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7, in the Mountaineer Invitational at the WVU Coliseum.

The Mountaineers, who are off to their second 3-0 start in the last four seasons, will face Norfolk State (1-2) at noon Friday and Canisius (0-4) Friday, at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, WVU will face Fordham (1-2) at noon and Navy (1-2) at 6:30 p.m.

West Virginia will be seeking its third 4-0 start since 1991.

“We are looking forward to opening up our first homestand this weekend in the Coliseum,” says coach Jill Kramer. “It's a great chance for the student body to come out and take in some great volleyball, see all of the improvements our team has made in the past year and cheer on their Mountaineers.”

Sophomore setter Brittany Sample and freshman outsider hitter Jordan Anderson helped guide the Mountaineers to a 3-0 start last weekend at the Blue/Gold Invitational in Toledo, Ohio. Sample was named the Invitational’s Most Valuable Player, averaging 11.9 assists per set. Anderson recorded a double-double in each of her first three matches as a Mountaineer and was named the Big 12 Conference’s Rookie of the Week, while ranking second in the conference with 4.3 kills per set.

“The team has continued to work hard in practice,” Kramer says. “It's tough coming back from your first road trip of the year, getting back in the swing of things and getting used to the rhythm of the season again. But they are handling it well.”

Sophomore middle blocker Caleah Wells leads the Big 12 with a .444 hitting percentage, and WVU ranks best in the conference in blocks and opponent hit percentage.

There are several promotional events this weekend, with Friday’s match against Norfolk State tagged as Poster Day, with free admission offered to all fans. The nightcap against Canisius is Coach Kramer’s Student Challenge Night. If more than 500 students are in attendance, coach Kramer will coach in a buckskin skirt against Iowa State on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

The invitational’s final match between WVU and Navy on Saturday evening is Military Appreciation Night. Fans who present a valid Military ID will receive free admission.

“We have a challenge for the students going on Friday night and I'd love to get a bunch of students in the stands for that,” Kramer says. “I'm proud to be a Mountaineer and all that we stand for at WVU. This promotion gives us an opportunity to connect with the students and embrace what being part of the Mountaineer Family is all about.”

West Virginia is 4-0 all-time against participants in the invitational.

2013 Mountaineer Invitational Gametracker Links

Friday, Sept. 6

Fordham vs. Navy, 10 a.m.

Norfolk State vs. WVU, Noon

Fordham vs. Canisius, 2 p.m.

Norfolk State vs. Navy, 4 p.m.

Canisius vs. WVU, 6:30 p.m.

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