MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team swept Liberty 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-15) in its first match of the Gold & Blue Player’s Challenge Friday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum.
“It was great that we showed a performance from our whole team. The girls came together and played really hard,” says coach Jill Kramer. “They made a point that they wanted to come out and compete hard. I was really proud of them.”
The Mountaineers (11-1) have swept eight opponents through their first 12 matches this season.
Liberty (1-10), the Big South Conference preseason favorites, registered just a .030 team hitting percentage for the match.
“We did a good job of making sure that we gained control and kept our composure,” Kramer says. “I’ve been really focused on taking things one match at a time.”
Freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson
led all players with 11 kills on 28 attempts for a .214 hitting percentage. Sophomore setter Brittany Sample
posted 30 assists, eight digs and three kills.
West Virginia won the first set behind sophomores Caleah Wells
and Brittany Sample
. Wells had six kills on eight attempts, and Sample dished out 15 assists in the 25-18 set win for the Mountaineers.
WVU rattled off six straight points to start the second set and never looked back on its way to a 25-17 set win. Anderson had eight kills in the set to guide the Mountaineers.
West Virginia held the Flames to a .000 team hitting percentage in the third set, and sophomore Hannah Sackett
chipped in five kills, giving the Mountaineers a 25-15 set win.
WVU is back in action this evening at 6:30 p.m., against Georgetown (6-5) at the WVU Coliseum.