Volleyball to Battle Marshall for Golden Ball

  • By Nick Arthur
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  • October 28, 2013 02:36 PM
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Jill Kramer
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team returns home to face in-state foe Marshall on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., inside the WVU Coliseum.
“We have reached the point in the season where we have 10 matches remaining in the regular season - only five of those will be at home,” says coach Jill Kramer. "Tuesday's match against Marshall is another opportunity for us to play great team volleyball.”  
The two teams battle for The Golden Ball, which is in Marshall’s possession, with the Herd winning the most recent matchup in 2011, and nine of the last 10 meetings overall.
The Mountaineers (16-7, 2-6 Big 12), who hold a 28-17 all-time series record against the Herd (13-11, 7-2 C-USA), are coming off a 3-0 defeat at Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon.
West Virginia freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson recorded 16 kills against the Sooners, who were WVU’s third-straight opponent ranked inside the RPI top 15.
Anderson leads the Big 12 Conference in kills per set (3.98) for the fourth-straight week, while also ranking second in the league in points per set (4.52).  
“It's nice to be back in the Coliseum for a couple of home matches. Our team absolutely loved the environment we had in the Coliseum last Wednesday against Texas - it was a great Big 12 volleyball environment,” Kramer says. “For our program to continue to keep moving forward, we need to keep drawing those kinds of crowds. It helps our team and it helps recruiting. Our fans did a great job of engaging in the match, getting on their feet at the end of the match when it counted and really rallying around our team.”
West Virginia leads the conference in opponent hitting percentage, holding its oppositions to just a .165 hitting clip this season.
Marshall has won four-consecutive matches and five of its last six outings. The Herd is led by junior setter Sammie Bane and her 939 assists this season. Bane has been named the Conference USA Player of the Week on two separate occasions.
WVU is 9-3 at home this season, posting an 8-0 record in nonconference play inside the WVU Coliseum.
There 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.