MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team defeated Robert Morris 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-19) on Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum.
The sweep was the Mountaineers' (16-4, 2-3 Big 12) ninth of the season, as they improved to 9-1 at home in 2013.
“Every attacker picked it up. I’m happy with the way we finished. I’m not necessarily happy with the way we started, but we finished well,” says coach Jill Kramer
The Mountaineers, who lead the Big 12 Conference in opponent hitting percentage, held the Colonials (4-18, 3-3 Northeast) to a .062 hitting percentage for the match.
West Virginia's 16 wins are the most it has recorded in a single season since 2009.
Sophomore outside hitter Hannah Sackett
led all players with 13 kills and a .500 hitting percentage, marking her eighth straight match with double-digit kills – the longest streak for a Mountaineer since 2007.
“She’s got teammates passing well and other people attacking well, but she’s definitely doing a better job of reading the block,” Kramer says.
West Virginia trailed 17-19 in the first set, before earning eight of the final 10 points to win the set 25-21. The Mountaineers held the Colonials to just a -.051 hitting percentage for the set.
“We had a little bit of a shaky start. We just weren’t playing at the top of our game,” Kramer says. “Once we started getting it going, I thought the second and third sets were good volleyball on our part.”
WVU dominated the second set, registering a .500 team hitting percentage. Sackett posted four kills on seven attempts in the set, to go along with a .429 hitting percentage. The Mountaineers went on to win the second set 25-13.
West Virginia carried its momentum into the third and final set. Sophomore Caleah Wells
stood tall in the middle, posting four kills and four blocks, leading WVU to a 25-19 set win.
Sophomore setter Brittany Sample
had 31 assists against the Colonials, for a 10.33 assists per set average, and sophomore outside hitter Nikki Attea
recorded seven kills, four digs and three blocks.
The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m., against No. 23 Kansas at the WVU Coliseum.