MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (August 30, 2014) – An improved blocking effort, combined with four players hitting .400 or above, led the West Virginia University volleyball team it its first win of the season as they topped Toledo 3-0 in the Gold & Blue Player’s Challenge on Saturday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum.
The Mountaineers (1-1) took the match by set scores of 25-10, 25-19 and 25-18 over the Rockets (0-2). The will return to the court at 7 p.m. when they face IUPUI in the tournament finale.
“We had some specific objectives defensively that we wanted to accomplish and I think we did a good job with that,” said coach Jill Kramer. “It’s also good to see that we’re starting to get in more of an offensive rhythm. I’m pleased with the adjustments we made from last tonight to today.”
After getting out-blocked 18-4 in Friday’s loss to No. 9 BYU, WVU was much improved in the net with Evyn McCoy
’s block solo and five block assists leading the way as the Mountaineers put up 10 Nikki Attea
added in four block assists while Jordan Anderson
and Lamprini Konstantinidou
also added in a solo block each.
In addition, the Mountaineers hit at a .265 clip with McCoy (six kills) hitting a team-best .417. Attea put down nine kills to finish at .333, with Caleah Wells
adding in six kills and hitting .400. Freshman Morgan Montgomery
also saw her first action of the season, hitting .300 with six kills.
Konstantinidou was one of four Mountaineers to record an ace on the day, and had 34 assists as the primary setter. She was also the team leader defensively with 14 digs, combined with nine from Anderson.
Alyssa Erhardt led the Rockets with nine kills and nine digs, while Lauren Bakaitis dug a team-high 15 balls. Brooke Frazer and Annie Beasley each had a trio of block assists as Toledo collected three on the day.
The Mountaineers used a 10-2 run to start the first set, hitting at impressive .360 clip. A pair of Attea kills helped WVU take a 19-10 advantage before Montgomery notched the first two kills of her career to make it 22-10. Consecutive errors by the Rockets set up set point for the Mountaineers, and Wells sent one through the pins to claim the set 25-10.
Rolling to a 6-1 lead, WVU struggled to hold on to the momentum and the Rockets used a 7-0 scoring streak to take a 12-9 lead. Three kills from Anderson and a block Konstantinidou erased the WVU deficit, as the Mountaineers took a 17-14 advantage. Two more kills by Attea set up set point, and Hannah Sackett
put on through the pins to end the set with the Mountaineers on top 25-19.
WVU took a 4-0 lead to start the third set, though the Rockets came within one at 8-7. The Mountaineers didn’t back down, with Attea providing a pair of kills and an ace to help WVU to an 18-12 lead. Anderson had three kills to set up set-point for the Mountaineers at 24-17, but it was Attea who found the court to seal the deal as WVU won the set 25-18 to take the match 3-0.