MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia volleyball team welcomes No. 1 Texas, the defending National Champions, to the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday night at 8 p.m.
“I think we’re ready and I think we’re excited. It’s nice to have this opportunity. They’re a great team, and we love playing great teams,” says coach Jill Kramer. “We get to play great teams all year long in the Big 12, but when you’re facing one who hasn’t lost yet in the league, it’s even more exciting.”
The match between the Mountaineers and the reigning Big 12 Conference champs will be televised on ESPNU, marking the first time a home WVU volleyball match has ever been nationally televised.
“From a program perspective, I think the girls are excited to show how hard we’ve been working and how far our program has come over the past couple years – it’s all a testament to how hard they’ve been working,” Kramer says.
Wednesday night’s match has been deemed a white out, with all fans encouraged to wear white. There also is a food drive sponsored by Sodexo to benefit the Mountaineer Food Bank. Fans who bring a non-perishable food item to the match will receive a free popcorn and a complimentary ticket for an upcoming match.
West Virginia (16-5, 2-4 Big 12) is coming off a 3-1 defeat at the hands of No. 23 Kansas. Texas (13-2, 6-0 Big 12) has won nine straight matches, most recently a 3-1 win over Iowa State.
The two teams met at the WVU Coliseum last August for the first-ever Big 12 sporting event hosted by West Virginia University. The Longhorns took the match in straight sets in front of 3,112 fans – the largest home crowd ever for a Mountaineer volleyball match.
West Virginia freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson
leads the Big 12 in kills per set for the third consecutive week. Longhorns’ freshman Chiaki Ogbogu ranks second in the conference in hitting percentage, while Texas as a team leads the Big 12 in hitting percentage, surpassing the .300 hitting clip five separate times this season.
The Mountaineers are first in the Big 12 in opponent hitting percentage, holding their oppositions to just a .150 hitting percentage this season, while the Longhorns lead the league in hitting percentage, posting a .270 hitting clip for the season.
West Virginia travels to Norman, Okla., to face the Sooners on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. CT.