Volleyball Improves to 10-0, Wins Eagle Challenge


By Nick Arthur for WVUsports.com
September 14, 2013 07:22 PM
MOREHEAD, Ky. – The West Virginia University volleyball team defeated Hampton 3-2 (23-25, 25-22, 18-25, 25-22, 15-13) and Campbell 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-20) in the Eagle Challenge on Saturday.

“I’m really proud of our girls for the way they played,” says coach Jill Kramer. “They played really hard. They stepped up to the challenge.”

The Mountaineers (10-0) were led by freshman Jordan Anderson’s career-high 17 kills and sophomore libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos’ career-high 28 digs against the Lady Pirates (4-5).

“We had to bring it and everyone picked up their efforts,” Kramer says. “We worked through some things and had to change more things than we had in any other match.”

Anderson also recorded 15 digs, marking her sixth double-double of the season.

Sophomore setter Brittany Sample had a double-double of her own with 43 assists and 13 digs.

The Mountaineers trailed 21-12 in the first set, but stormed back to within one point late in the set. Hampton, though, would use seven kills from Vendula Strakova to win the set 25-23.

“Hampton is very good. They play really hard,” Kramer says. “One of their players (Strakova) was National Player of the Week a few weeks ago and she played that way tonight.”

West Virginia made adjustments in the second set and posted a .325 team hitting percentage. The Mountaineers were able to hold Strakova, who is fourth nationally in kills, to just three kills in the set.

Hampton responded in the third set, however, recording a .345 team hitting percentage and winning the set 25-18.

The Mountaineers would again bounce back in the fourth set. Anderson added five more kills and WVU held the Lady Pirates to just a .022 team hitting percentage.

It was junior Evyn McCoy who helped lead WVU to a fifth set and match win, tallying four kills on five attempts.

McCoy and sophomore Nikki Attea tallied 12 and 10 kills, respectively against Hampton

The Mountaineers defeated Campbell in their first match of the day, behind 15 kills and eight digs from freshman Jordan Anderson.

“This is a much-improved Campbell team from what I’ve seen in the past,” Kramer says. “Coach Greg Goral has done a great job with them, and they play really hard. It was a fun match to play.”

Sample dished out 33 assists for an 11 assists per set ratio, while fellow sophomore Nikki Attea chipped in 10 kills on 21 attempts for a .381 hitting percentage.

Panagiotakopoulos recorded 15 digs for the match.

WVU will be back in action Tuesday, Sept 17 against Duquesne at 7 p.m.


 



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