MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following a non-conference win over Robert Morris on Wednesday night, the West Virginia University volleyball team returns to conference play against No. 23 Kansas on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 6:30 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.
“Kansas is a great team. They’re well-rounded at every position and they don’t have many weaknesses,” says coach Jill Kramer. “Anytime you’re going to play a team in the top 25, it’s going to amp you up a little more. But we’ll prep the same way and keep our focus on us and how we’re playing, so we’re playing to our strengths.”
Saturday’s match has been designated as a Gold Rush, with all fans in attendance encouraged to show support by wearing gold. Admission is free, courtesy of United Bank.
“The Coliseum can be a tough place to play when we have that fan support. That was the difference for us in a win over Kansas State,” Kramer says. “It is fun to be a part of, and it only helps our team.”
The Mountaineers (16-4, 2-3 Big 12) improved to 9-1 at home this season with a 3-0 sweep of Robert Morris Wednesday night, marking WVU’s ninth sweep of the season.
Kansas (15-4, 5-1 Big 12), had a sweep win of its own Wednesday night, knocking off Texas Tech 3-0 on the road. The Jayhawks are No. 11 in the RPI this week and haven’t been ranked outside the top 15 in the RPI since 2011.
West Virginia sophomore outside hitter Hannah Sackett
has recorded double-digit kills in eight-consecutive matches – the longest streak for a Mountaineer since 2007.
Freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson
continues to lead the Big 12 Conference in kills per set for the third-consecutive week.
“For practice, we’ve been working on a lot of serve and pass – that’s something we really need to clean up,” Kramer says. “It’s been nice to get some full practices in. It’s also nice to have the full week here to be able to prep. Two matches in a row doesn’t come around very often.”
Five of the Mountaineers six starters are underclassmen. With 20 matches completed, Kramer believes she is beginning to see her unit mature.
“They’re developing well. They’ve gone through a good half of a semester and can kind of get their feet under them now and know what to expect,” Kramer says. “Our upperclassmen have done a really good job of bringing the younger ones along, and they’re really starting to gel as a group.”
West Virginia is 0-4 all-time against the Jayhawks, with Kansas claiming both meetings between the two schools last season.