Volleyball Falls to Top-Ranked Texas

  • By Nick Arthur
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  • October 23, 2013 10:34 PM
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Brittany Sample
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team fell to No. 1 Texas 3-0 (15-25, 20-25, 29-31) on Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum in front of the second-largest crowd ever to take in a WVU volleyball match.

“I think our team showed a lot of resiliency tonight,” says coach Jill Kramer. “We got off to a little bit of a slow start. Texas didn’t have an attack error in the first set, so we really had to earn everything.”

A crowd of 1,812 took in the Big 12 Conference match, and two of the four largest home crowds in program history have come this season.

“The fans were great,” Kramer says. “They were on their feet when we needed them, and they were behind us 100 percent - kudos to Mountaineer nation for coming out.

The Longhorns (14-2, 7-0 Big 12) extended their win streak to 10 consecutive matches, while the Mountaineers (16-6, 2-5 Big 12) have now dropped four of their last five.

“As we started to sure up our passing a little bit, we were able to run our offense. We stayed with it and I’m really proud of them for that. It shows a lot of growth and maturity on our part,” Kramer says.

WVU freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson led all players with 16 kills, while sophomore setter Brittany Sample had 37 assists for a 12.3 assists per set average.

West Virginia hung around early in the first set, trailing just 8-9 early in the set. The Longhorns, though, hit .517 as a team for the set, while not posting a single hitting error.

The Mountaineers settled down in the second set, registering a .346 hitting percentage as a team. Texas used seven kills from senior Bailey Webster to win the set 25-20. Sophomore outside hitters Nikki Attea and Hannah Sackett each recorded six kills, respectively.

The third set was back-and-forth at the end, with Texas holding match point on five different occasions. The Mountaineers fought until the end, falling in the set 31-29.

Sackett had 11 kills on 23 attempts for a .304 hitting percentage. She has now recorded double-digit kills in nine of last 10 matches.

West Virginia returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 26, as it travels to Norman, Okla., to face the Sooners.