MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University volleyball team defeated Baylor, 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 19-25, 25-22), on Saturday afternoon at the Ferrell Center.
“I’m proud of the group for bouncing back strong after a loss to Texas,” says coach Jill Kramer. “It was one of our strongest serving performances of the year, and we felt that was crucial in this match. It was nice to see them step up their serving.”
The win was the Mountaineers’ (19-12, 5-10 Big 12) first-ever win over Baylor (12-19, 4-11 Big 12) and gives WVU sole possession of sixth place in the Big 12 Conference standings.
West Virginia has now recorded its most wins in a single season since 1991.
“One of the great things about being a part of this program is that it will continue to have a lot of firsts,” Kramer says. “This was our first win over Baylor since joining the Big 12. We’re always looking forward to more and more firsts.”
Freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson
recorded her 11th double-double of the season for the Mountaineers. Anderson finished with 18 kills and 11 digs.
Sophomore setter Brittany Sample
posted her eighth double-double of the season on 46 assists and 12 digs.
Sophomore outside hitter Hannah Sackett
had eight kills before registering a hitting error and finished the match with 11 kills on 32 attempts
Sophomore libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos
and freshman defensive specialist Jordan Lee
had strong performances defensively for WVU. Panagiotakopoulos had 19 digs, and Lee had a career-high 17 digs.
“I thought the great serving performance led to us playing even stronger defense. We executed the gameplan well,” Kramer says. “We played great team volleyball, we communicated well and played with great energy and enthusiasm.”
The Mountaineers trailed 20-14 in the first set. However, West Virginia would claim 11 of the final 14 points in the set. McCoy had three blocks and WVU hit .308 as a team to win the first game, 25-23.
West Virginia’s offense posted a .325 hitting percentage in the second set. Sample had 15 assists and Anderson had seven kills. The Mountaineers pulled away late in the set to win the second game, 25-21.
The Bears’ defense held strong in the third set. West Virginia had a .143 hitting percentage in the set. It took six different set points, but Baylor claimed the third set 25-19.
Lee and Panagiotakopoulos led the defense in the fourth set. WVU held Baylor to just a .071 hitting percentage in the set. The Mountaineers claimed the fourth set, 25-22, to win the match 3-1.
Junior middle blocker Evyn McCoy
led all players with six blocks, while sophomore Nikki Attea
chipped in eight kills, five blocks and four digs for the Mountaineers.
The Mountaineers return to action this Wednesday, Nov. 27, in their Big 12 Conference finale against Oklahoma at the WVU Coliseum. It will be senior night, as seniors Liz Gulick
, Elzbieta Klein
, Anna Stecowska
and Arielle Allen
will be recognized for their accomplishments as a Mountaineers.