MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –
WVU outside hitter Jordan Anderson garnered league accolades with a spot on the Big 12 Preseason Team as the Mountaineers opened their 2014 preseason camp Thursday at the
The sophomore from Flower Mound, Texas, is coming off a stellar freshman campaign in which she led the team in kills (394) and kills per set (3.94), and was third on the team in digs (256), digs per set (2.56) and aces (19). In addition, she finished second in the Big 12 in kills per set and ranked in the top 50 in the nation in kills per set and was fifth among all NCAA freshmen in that category. She is the first-ever WVU volleyball player to earn Big 12 preseason honors.
“It’s always nice to see any member of our team be recognized by the coaches in the Big 12. Jordan has come back in great shape and works hard each day to improve,” said head coach Jill Kramer. “She had a tremendous freshman year and scored a lot of points for us - we’d love to have that kind of production out of her again. She has a great group of teammates around her that all help one another to rise to the occasion. Our team is excited to get back out there and compete together.”
Anderson was a three-time Big 12 Rookie of the Week in 2013 before earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and Big 12 All-Freshman Team accolades at the conclusion of the season. She also earned AVCA All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention, marking the first time a Mountaineer has received the award since 1988.
Reigning Big 12 Player of the Year Haley Eckerman of Texas was voted the Big 12 Volleyball Preseason Player of the Year, while Ainise Havili of Kansas was selected as the Preseason Freshman of the Year. Players were selected by the leagues’ coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players. ?
The Mountaineers began the 2014 preseason with a full day of team activities at the WVU Coliseum. Prior to their evening practice, Kramer and select members of the team met with the media.
“It’s a lot of newness, even though they’ve been in the gym a lot this summer. I think you add a coaching staff to that, and it changes some things,” said Kramer. “It’s the first time they’ve been in the gym with us, and most players want to please their coach. We don’t give a whole lot of feedback that first session. We just kind of make sure we’re getting our feet wet and go from there.”
The Mountaineers will close out preseason play with the annual Gold-Blue scrimmage on Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum. The squad opens the season Friday, Aug. 29, when its hosts BYU at 7 p.m. as part of the Gold & Blue Players Challenge.