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Volleyball Travels to Kansas State


By Nick Arthur for WVUsports.com
November 08, 2013 01:22 PM
Brittany Sample  
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University volleyball team continues its road trip as it travels to Manhattan, Kan., to face Kansas State on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET.
 
“It’s been a long week here in Kansas, but it’s been a good one,” says coach Jill Kramer. “Every game is a big game, and right now we are tied with Kansas State and Baylor for fifth place in the Big 12. That is a good spot for us to be in, but this one is a big one.”
 
The Mountaineers (17-9, 3-7 Big 12) fell on the road to No. 24 Kansas in straight sets on Wednesday night, and will look to bounce back against the Wildcats (15-8, 3-7 Big 12).
 
“We had a slow start against Kansas but we came out and ended up playing better volleyball at the end of the match,” Kramer says. “We need to come out against Kansas State and give our best effort. That’s really what we have to bring – our best effort.”
 
West Virginia won the first meeting between the two schools this season, 3-1, on Sept. 27, at the WVU Coliseum, while holding Kansas State to just a .077 team hitting percentage for the match.
 
“We took the first one against them in a hard-fought battle, and we’re expecting another hard-fought one on Saturday,” Kramer says.
 
Kansas State currently leads the Big 12 Conference in blocks per set (2.78), led by junior middle blocker Taylor Johnson’s 1.25 blocks per set average.
 
The Wildcats dropped a match on the road to Texas Tech, 3-1, on Wednesday night, and have now lost three of their last four.
 
West Virginia freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson has recorded double-digit kills in six-consecutive matches, including a game-high 18 kills against the 24th-ranked Jayhawks Wednesday night. Anderson leads in the Big 12 in kills per set (4.10) for the fifth-straight week.
 
Sophomore setter Brittany Sample is just 31 assists shy of 1,000 for the season, and has already surpassed her season total for assists from a year ago with seven matches remaining in the 2013 season.
 
Kansas State leads the all-time series between the two schools 2-1, while the Mountaineers are just one win shy of their most wins in a single season since 2004.
 
West Virginia returns home to face No. 25 Iowa State in a conference match on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.  



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