MORGANTOWN, W.VA. - The West Virginia University volleyball team returns to conference play with a home match against Texas Tech on Saturday, at 1 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.
“We are excited to start the second round of Big 12 Conference play at home,” says coach Jill Kramer. “Round two tends to breathe new life into a team. It’s like another season in itself.”
The Mountaineers (16-8, 2-6 Big 12) dropped a nonconference match to in-state foe Marshall on Tuesday night at the Coliseum, while the Red Raiders (8-17, 1-8 Big 12) stormed back from a 0-2 match deficit before eventually falling to Iowa State, 2-3, Wednesday night in Ames, Iowa.
“It’s nice to see where our team is at in this point in the season compared to last,” Kramer says. “Our team is doing a great job of pushing each other and competing hard in the practice gym to prepare for Texas Tech.”
Freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson
recorded a career-high 24 kills against the Herd Tuesday. The Flower Mound, Texas native continues to lead the conference in kills per set (4.10) for the fourth-consecutive week, also ranking second in points per set (4.62).
Sophomore setter Brittany Sample
recorded a season-high 54 assists on Tuesday night, also posting her seventh double-double of the season. Sample has totaled 883 assists and 219 digs thus far this season.
Texas Tech junior Rachel Brummitt ranks second in the league in digs per set (5.22), registering 480 digs this season. Senior Aubree Piper leads the Red Raiders in kills with a .266 hitting percentage.
West Virginia won the first meeting between the two schools earlier this season. After dropping the first set, the Mountaineers came back and won the match, 3-1, in Lubbock, Texas. It marked the first-ever win for WVU over Texas Tech. The Red Raiders lead the all-time series 4-1.
Two of the Mountaineers’ four-largest crowds in program history have come this season, with both of those occurring in conference play.
Live stats and a free live stream of the match can be found on WVUSports.com