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Volleyball Off to Best Start in Program History


By Nick Arthur for WVUsports.com
September 07, 2013 08:49 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team defeated Fordham 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-23) and Navy 3-0 (25-22, 25-10, 25-15) Saturday at the WVU Coliseum in the Mountaineer Invitational.

“We really tried to approach every match exactly the same and I thought the girls did a very good job of doing that,” says coach Jill Kramer. “For you to be able to not drop a set all weekend is a feat in itself.”

The Mountaineers are 7-0 for the first time in program history.

“We’ve been prepping the same way for each match,” Kramer says. “We’re not getting too high, and I think we’ve kept our focus in the right places.”

Sophomores Brittany Sample and Nikki Attea, along with junior Evyn McCoy, were all named to the Mountaineer Invitational All-Tournament Team, while freshman Jordan Anderson was named the invitational’s Most Valuable Player.

“It’s a great feeling, but I wouldn’t have been able to do it without our team passing,” Anderson says. “I just went out there and played volleyball. It’s an honor I was selected.”

A balanced attack in the first set against Navy (3-4) led to a 25-22 set win. Six different Mountaineers combined for 18 kills on 37 attempts for a .351 percentage.

Anderson had her way in the second set, tallying six kills on nine attempts, while leading WVU to a 25-10 win.

The Mountaineers posted a 25-15 win in the third set against the Midshipmen, while Attea recorded eight kills and a .636 hitting percentage for the match.

Anderson would total 13 kills on 26 attempts for a .462 hitting percentage against Navy.

In WVU’s first match of the day against Fordham (4-3), sophomore Hannah Sackett led the way, racking up 14 kills on 32 attempts for a .406 hitting percentage, and Sample continued her recent stretch of stellar play while posting 31 assists.

“Fordham was probably the most physical out the visiting teams that we've played,” Kramer says. “I knew they were going to come out and play hard, but it was more important to me that we came out with more energy than we did yesterday.

“And in each set, I thought we did a great job of doing exactly that. We were alert, followed the gameplan and executed.”
West Virginia took control of the match in the second set, holding the Rams to a -.261 hitting percentage in the set. Sophomore Caleah Wells had her hand in five blocks during the set, and the Mountaineers held Fordham to just six kills.

Sackett and the Mountaineers were able to clinch the straight-set win against Fordham in a competitive third set, 25-23.

West Virginia will travel to Morehead, Ky., for the Eagle Challenge on Friday, Sept. 13





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