MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University volleyball team defeated TCU 3-0 (25-17, 27-25, 25-20) on Saturday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum, earning its 10th sweep win of the season.
“The most important thing for me with this match is that it was a complete turnaround from Wednesday,” says coach Jill Kramer. “Regardless of who we were playing, I wanted our group to get back on track. I can’t tell you enough how proud of them I am. They regrouped and took a lot of responsibility for what was going on, and fixed it.”
The win was the Mountaineers’ (18-11, 4-9 Big 12) first-ever win over TCU (15-13, 3-10 Big 12). The Horned Frogs now lead the all-time series 4-1.
“I couldn’t be more proud of their fight and the way they pulled through together in this match,” Kramer says.
West Virginia has tied its most wins in a single season since 2004, and is just one win shy of its most victories in a season since 1991.
“A lot of it has to do with the effort put in from everyone involved in the program. From players, to our immediate staff and to our support staff,” Kramer says. “We’ve got people here who believe in our team. Mountaineer Nation is now behind volleyball and that just changes everything.”
Freshman Jordan Anderson
had 13 kills and 12 digs, recording her 10th
double-double of the season. Junior middle blocker Evyn McCoy
had 12 kills and just one hitting error, registering a .611 hitting percentage for the match, and sophomore outside hitter Hannah Sackett
led all players with 15 kills.
Sophomore libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos
had 13 digs in the match, and has now surpassed 700 career digs through her first 52 matches as a
Mountaineer, while sophomore setter Brittany Sample
had 38 assists and has now totaled more than 2,000 assists through her first two seasons.
West Virginia came out strong offensively in the first set. The Mountaineers were led by Anderson's five kills and posted a .324 team hitting percentage for the set, while holding TCU to just a .086 hitting clip, to win the first game, 25-17.
The second set took three set points for the Mountaineers, before WVU claimed the set 27-25. Sackett had nine kills in the second set alone, while Sample dished out 15 assists.
The third set saw a balanced offensive attack from West Virginia. Four different players recorded at least three kills in the set, and Sample added another 15 assists, helping the Mountaineers record a .308 hitting percentage to win the third set, 25-20, and complete the sweep.
The Mountaineers hit the road next week and face No. 1 Texas on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m., in Austin, Texas, then travel to Waco, Texas, to face Baylor on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m.