PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The West Virginia University volleyball team fell to Duquesne 3-0 (18-25, 20-25, 25-27) Tuesday night inside the A.J. Palumbo Center.
The loss was the Mountaineers’ (10-1) first of the season.
“I needed to do a better job of preparing our team for being in the position of being undefeated, and the type of energy your opponent is going to bring in that situation,” says coach Jill Kramer.
“Duquesne played very well tonight and we also had a lot of errors, which is obviously not a good combination,” Kramer says. “We’ll get back into the gym tomorrow and get better.”
West Virginia freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson
led all players with 12 kills, and sophomore setter Brittany Sample
added 30 assists and nine digs.
The Dukes (5-5) claimed the first set, behind a .444 team hitting percentage. Sample led the Mountaineers with seven assists and three kills in the set.
Anderson led the Mountaineers with four kills in the second set, but Duquesne continued to hit at a high percentage and won the set 25-20.
The third set went back-and-forth, as the Mountaineers were able to limit the Dukes to a .127 hitting percentage. WVU held strong for three separate match points, but Duquesne ultimately won the set, 27-25, to win the match.
West Virginia sophomore libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos
led all players with 12 digs.
The Mountaineers are now 28-18 all-time against Duquesne.
West Virginia returns to action this Friday, Sept. 20, as it hosts the Gold & Blue Players Challenge at the WVU Coliseum. The Mountaineers will play at 1 p.m., and 6:30 p.m., on Friday, then at 1 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 22.