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By Nick Arthur for WVUsports.com
November 15, 2013 12:51 PM
Brittany Sample 
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University volleyball team continues its two-match homestand with a conference match against TCU on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum.
 
Tickets and select concessions will be available for just one dollar and a free children’s clinic will take place immediately following the match. 
 
“When it starts getting down to the last few weeks of the regular season, our efficiency in the practice gym becomes more and more important,” says coach Jill
Kramer.
 
The Mountaineers (17-11, 3-9 Big 12) fell to Iowa State on Wednesday night, while the Horned Frogs (15-12, 3-9 Big 12) lost in straight sets to Oklahoma.
 
“It’s not only what we are doing, but how we do it – the enthusiasm that we bring onto the court – that is just as important,” Kramer says. “We have played a very competitive schedule the past couple of weeks, which I expect will prepare us for our match tomorrow.”
 
The two teams met on Oct 2, in Fort Worth, Texas. West Virginia won the first set 25-23, but dropped the next three sets by a combined eight points, as TCU won the match 3-1.
 
Sophomore middle blocker Evyn McCoy had a season-high 10 blocks in the loss.
 
WVU sophomore setter Brittany Sample is just 36 assists shy of 2,000 for her young career, and sophomore libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos is two digs from 400 this season and five digs from 700 for her career.
 
TCU is led offensively by Yvonne Igodan’s 248 kills. The Horned Frogs rank second in the Big 12 in service aces and are currently tied with the Mountaineers for seventh place in the conference.
 
Three of the seven largest home crowds in West Virginia volleyball program history have come this season, including a season-high 1,812 fans in attendance against No. 1 Texas, on Oct. 23.  
 
West Virginia is 0-4 all-time against TCU, and returns to action on Thursday, Nov. 21, in Austin, Texas, against the top-ranked Longhorns. 



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