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Volleyball Drops Home Finale to Oklahoma


By Nick Arthur for WVUsports.com
November 27, 2013 09:37 PM
Liz Gulick 
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University volleyball team was beaten by Oklahoma, 3-1 (15-25, 22-25, 25-19, 20-25), on Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum in its final home and conference match of the 2013 season.
 
“I liked how we got better as the match progressed tonight. I can’t say I’m very happy with the way we came out. We didn’t communicate very well and weren’t playing our style of volleyball,” says coach Jill Kramer. “I liked how we kept fighting, though, and I liked our effort throughout the match.”
 
The Sooners (22-7, 10-5 Big 12) completed a season sweep of the Mountaineers (19-13, 5-11 Big 12), behind 19 kills from senior Sallie McLaurin
 
“We battled in sets two and three. I like the way our middles stepped up. We had two teams here tonight at different points in their seasons,” Kramer says. “Oklahoma is thinking tournament time, while we’re wanting to end our season on a good note and play our best volleyball.”
 
West Virginia had three players with double-digit kills. Sophomore outside hitter Hannah Sackett led the way with 13 kills, while sophomore middle blocker
 
Caleah Wells and freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson each chipped in 10 kills, respectively.
 
Wells finished with just one hitting error and a .375 attack percentage.
 
WVU sophomore setter Brittany Sample finished with 40 assists and nine digs, marking the second time this season she fell just one dig shy of a double-double.
 
Sophomore libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos led all players with 18 digs.
 
The Sooners came out strong in the first set, behind a .382 team hitting percentage. OU had 17 kills in the set, including seven from McLaurin, to win the first game 25-15.
 
West Virginia settled down in the second set and held a 22-21 advantage late in the set. However, the Sooners claimed the final four points of the second game to win the set 25-22. Panagiotakopoulos had seven digs in the second game.
 
The Mountaineers recorded a .333 team hitting percentage in the third set. Sackett had six kills and sample had 12 assists, as WVU won the third game 25-19.
 
The back-and-fourth fourth set included 22 digs from the Mountaineers. OU claimed an early lead and held off a late comeback from WVU to win the final set, 25-20.
 
West Virginia seniors Arielle Allen, Liz Gulick, Elzbieta Klein and Anna Stecowska played their final home match as a Mountaineer.
 
The four members of the 2013 senior class helped lead the Mountaineers to a 10-0 start this season – the best in program history.
 
The Mountaineers travel to Buffalo, N.Y., for their season finale against Buffalo on Saturday, Nov 30, at 4:30 p.m. WVU is 8-0 all-time against the Bulls. 



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