MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University volleyball team closed out the preseason with its annual Gold-Blue scrimmage, with the Blue team battling back from an early deficit to tie the match 2-2 (16-25, 23-25, 25-19 and 15-11) at WVU Coliseum Saturday afternoon.
The Gold team took the first two sets before Blue claimed the third and went on to take the final set, which was only played to 15 points.
“Once we got some rallies going, I saw a lot of good things,” said coach Jill Kramer. “I thought we saw some more production than we’ve seen in practice, especially out of our middles. We worked on forcing the middle a little bit more and I thought that went well. We put some people in some different spots – We had Nikki (Attea) on the left and on the right. We had all three of the defensive specialists play libero at some point. They’re all different; they all do different things well so we were taking a good look at them. All three setters set. I thought that Jordan (Anderson), Hannah (Sackett) and Morgan (Montgomery) all did a really good job on the outside.”
Freshman Morgan Montgomery
led the Blue team with 10 kills, while Brittany Sample
and Haley Roe
recorded 21 and 15 assists, respectively, at setter. Roe also had 10 digs, though rookie Melvina Brown
led the way with 10 and a trio of aces. Evyn McCoy
led the blocking effort for the Blue squad with a block solo and two block assists.
“Even when you try to put starters and non-starters on one side or the other, we’ve still got a lot of competition,” said Kramer. “There’s not that much that differs one from the other. It can go either way and that’s the nice thing about having a solid, competitive gym”
The Mountaineers will open the season Friday, August 29, when they play host to the No. 9-ranked BYU Cougars at the WVU Coliseum at 7 p.m. The match will be the first of three for WVU at the Gold-Blue Player’s Classic.