MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team defeated Kansas State 3-1 (25-16, 18-25, 25-22, 25-22) in its Big 12 Conference opener Friday night at the WVU Coliseum.
The Mountaineers (14-1, 1-0) held the Wildcats (12-2, 0-1) to just a .077 team hitting percentage for the match.
“We played a tough team, and they stuck together,” says coach Jill Kramer. “It says a lot about our team.
“The fact of the matter is they have built so much trust in each other through all the hard work over the spring, the summer and the preseason. I love them to death. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Sophomore outside hitter Hannah Sackett
led all players with 15 kills on 39 attempts, while sophomores Nikki Attea
and Caleah Wells
chipped in 12 and 10 kills, respectively.
Sophomore setter Brittany Sample
registered 42 assists against Kansas State, surpassing 1,500 assists for her career.
A crowd of 912 was in attendance – the third-largest crowd since 2008.
“Honestly, they were a huge part of our success tonight,” Kramer says. “I just want to say thanks to all of them for coming out. Every little bit helps.”
WVU wasted no time, grabbing the momentum early in the first set. The Mountaineers used a .462 team hitting percentage, while holding Kansas State to a .000 team hitting percentage, to win the first set 25-16. Four different Mountaineers recorded at least three kills in the set.
The Wildcats would respond in the second set, though. Kansas State recorded five team blocks, claiming the set 25-18.
Sackett recorded seven kills on eight attempts in the third set, leading the Mountaineers to a 25-22 set win.
After trailing 10-3 to start the fourth set, the Mountaineers rallied. WVU recorded six team blocks, and stormed back to win the set, 25-22, to take the match.
Freshman middle blocker Hannah Shreve
started her first career match Friday night. The Charleston, W.Va., native posted five kills on seven attempts for a .714 hitting percentage, while also providing six blocks.
Sophomore libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos
recorded 19 digs against the Wildcats.
WVU improved to 8-0 at home this season.
West Virginia travels to TCU for a match Wednesday, Oct. 2, then will travel to Texas Tech to face the Red Raiders on Saturday, Oct. 5.