Volleyball Falls on Road to No. 24 Kansas

  • By Nick Arthur
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  • November 06, 2013 09:44 PM
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Jill Kramer 
LAWRENCE, Kan.  - The West Virginia University volleyball team fell to No. 24 Kansas 3-0 (15-25, 18-25, 19-25) on Wednesday night inside the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.
“Kansas played great volleyball, and really made us earn our points and just didn’t make many errors,” says coach Jill Kramer. “However, we did not do a very good job of slowing them down.”
Kansas (19-5, 9-2 Big 12) recorded a .396 team hitting percentage for the match and improved to 6-0 all-time against the Mountaineers (17-9, 3-7 Big 12).
West Virginia freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson led all players with 18 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Hannah Sackett chipped in 13 kills on 26 attempts for a .385 hitting percentage.
“I thought both of our outside (hitters) did a really nice job, but we have to play good team ball to beat a team like Kansas and we did not do that tonight until it was too late,” Kramer says.
Anderson added 11 digs for her 10th double-double of the season.
Sophomore libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos had 16 digs defensively for West Virginia, and sophomore setter Brittany Sample operated the offense, dishing out 29 assists.
Sample has now surpassed 1,900 assists and 500 digs for her young career.
The 24th-ranked Jayhawks came out strong in the first game. Kansas hit .593 as a team and didn't commit a single hitting error in the first set. Anderson led all players with seven kills on 13 attempts, but Kansas claimed the first set 25-15.
West Virginia trailed by as many as 10 early in the second set, but fought back. WVU got back to within four, 18-22, late in the set, but Kansas won the final three points of the second game to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
WVU held an early 8-5 lead in the third set, however, Kansas found its rhythm. The Jayhawks closed out the third game on a 4-0 run to win the set 25-19.
Kansas was led offensively by Chelsea Albers and Tayler Soucie who each posted 10 kills, respectively.
The Mountaineers return to action this weekend as they travel to Manhattan, Kan., to face Kansas State on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. ET.