MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University volleyball team dropped a nonconference home match to Marshall 3-1 (16-25, 25-20, 22-25, 23-25) on Tuesday night at the WVU Coliseum.
“Give credit to Marshall, I thought they played really well. We basically got outplayed tonight,” says coach Jill Kramer. “Marshall played great defense. We were taking some good cracks at the ball. We could have passed better, that’s for sure, which makes it tough to run our offense.”
The Herd (14-11, 7-2 C-USA) has won 11 of the last 12 matchups between the two schools, while also retaining possession of the Golden Ball – the award given out to the winner between the two in-state foes each season.
The Mountaineers (16-8, 2-6 Big 12) had three separate players post double-digit kills, led by freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson
's career-high 24 kills on 50 attempts for a .273 hitting clip.
The 24 kills from Anderson were the second most in a match for a Big 12 Conference player this season.
“She was great. She did what we need an outside hitter to do,” Kramer says. “She became a little bit more of a leader on the court. She was giving the team what she thought they needed. I thought she was great.”
Sophomore setter Brittany Sample
recorded her seventh double-double of the season, registering 54 assists and 11 digs.
Sophomore outside hitter Nikki Attea
and junior middle blocker Evyn McCoy
had 13 and 12 kills, respectively.
The Herd posted a .333 hitting percentage as a team for the match.
Marshall jumped out to a 17-9 lead in the first set and never looked back. The Herd hit .407 as a team, had 16 kills and five service aces to win the set 25-16.
West Virginia bounced back in the second set. Anderson had five kills on 11 attempts for a .455 hitting clip, and Attea chipped in five kills on 10 attempts. The Mountaineers had four team blocks and won the set 25-20.
West Virginia native freshman Hannah Shreve
had four kills in the third set. However, the Herd hit .372 percent as a team. The Mountaineers held a 22-21 advantage late in the set, but the visitors claimed the final four points of the set to win game three 25-22.
The Mountaineers appeared to be poised for a fourth-set win. Anderson had nine kills in the fourth set alone. West Virginia held a 20-15 advantage late in the set, but the Herd came back and won the set 25-23, to win the match.
The Mountaineers finished their nonconference home slate with an 8-1 record.