AUSTIN, Texas - The West Virginia University volleyball team fell to No. 1 Texas, 3-0 (17-25, 10-25, 15-25), on Thursday night inside Gregory Gym.
“I’m proud of our team for coming out so strong in the match tonight,” says coach Jill Kramer. “We did a good job of sticking to the gameplan, but we just made too many unforced errors, which you can’t get away with when you are playing one of the best teams in the country.”
The Mountaineers (18-12, 4-10 Big 12) remain just win shy of their most wins in a single season since 1991.
“I was very impressed with Texas’ defensive effort,” Kramer says. “They’ve always been physical at the net, but the effort they gave on floor defense tonight and keeping balls alive was phenomenal.”
The top-ranked Longhorns improved to 58-2 in Big 12 matches since 2007, while also clinching at least a share of their third-straight Big 12 Conference title and seventh conference championship overall.
Texas (20-2, 13-0 Big 12), who has now won 16 consecutive matches, was anchored offensively by junior outside hitter Haley Eckerman’s 27 kills on 41 attempts for a .634 hitting percentage.
WVU freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson
, who leads the conference in kills per set, had seven kills and seven digs for the Mountaineers.
West Virginia grabbed the first three points of the match and led by as many as four in the first set. Texas settled down and used a 7-0 run in the set to regain the lead and win the first game 25-17. Eckerman had nine kills in the first set on 15 attempts.
The Longhorns carried their momentum into the second set. They used a 9-0 run early in the set to win the game 25-10. UT posted a .311 team hitting percentage in the set.
West Virginia kept it close for most of the third set, but the Longhorns pulled away late. Eckerman added 10 more kills in the third game, and UT won the third set, 25-15, to win the match.
WVU junior middle blocker Evyn McCoy
had three blocks in the match.
“At this point in the season, it’s about playing good team ball, and we need to make sure we continue to do that regardless of who our opponent is,” Kramer says. “We look forward to competing in Waco on Saturday.”
The Mountaineers travel to Waco, Texas, to face Baylor on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m., ET. The Bears won the first matchup between the two schools this season in straight sets and are currently tied for sixth in the Big 12 with West Virginia.