MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (August 30, 2014) – The West Virginia University volleyball team rolled to its second win of the day with a 3-0 victory over IUPUI behind Jordan Anderson
’s 21 kills to close out the Golf & Blue Players Challenge on Saturday evening at the WVU Coliseum. The Mountaineers took the match in set scores of 25-21, 25-21 and 25-21 and hit. 217 as a team while totaling 9.0 blocks.
The Mountaineers moved to 2-1 on the season and in the tournament, having previously beaten Toledo 3-0 earlier in the afternoon. IUPUI (1-2) went 19-14 overall last season and earned the Summit League’s NCAA Tournament berth in 2013.
“I think ball control is their thing,” said coach Jill Kramer. “They’ve got some solid players and went to the tournament last year so I thought it would be a good team for us to play. There are some times in the past where we’ve struggled with ball control stuff and matching up teams that ball control well. I thought this would be good for us and we handled it well. There were a lot of balls that ended up over the net – no matter how- and we stuck with it.”
Falling just shy of her career-high of 24 kills set last season vs. Marshall, Anderson hit .381 on 42 swings. She also came up with a solo block and an ace, helping her earn a spot on the all-tournament team.
joined Anderson on the all-tournament team, putting up 39 assists along with an ace and nine digs. Caleah Wells
, who hit .462 with eight kills and a block, was also honored. BYU’s Jennifer Hamson was selected the tournament MVP after the No. 9 Cougars went 3-0 on the weekend.
Also leading offensively was Hannah Sackett
, who put eight through the pins to hit .333 with a pair of block assists. Evyn McCoy
led the blocking effort with six block assists, while Nikki Attea
posted up for four blocks assists and a block solo. She also added in six digs, with Anna Panagiotakoplous finishing the night with a team-high 11 dug balls.
Kelly Wachtel had 11 kills and a pair of block assists for the Jaguars, while Kaitlyn Hickey finished with 10 kills and eight digs. Alexis Mapes had 24 assists and Beth Howard paced the defense with 24 digs. IUPUI hit .126 with 6.0 team blocks.
Early back-to-back kills from Anderson helped the Mountaineers off to a solid start in set one, thought the Jaguars tied the set 8-8 on a block. The teams traded points before 4-0 run put WVU ahead 14-10 on another kill from Anderson, forcing IUPUI to call timeout. The Mountaineers never looked back, using a 3-0 run set up set point before taking the set 25-21 on a kill from Sackett a few plays later.
The second set was a much closer battle as the teams played to a 17-17 tie with neither team gaining a significant advantage. A 3-0 spurt was capped by a block from McCoy and Sackett to give the Mountaineers the 22-19 lead and forcing the Jaguars to burn a timeout. Though IUPUI threatened to tie things up on several occasions, Anderson found the court and Attea and Wells each put up a solo block to give the Mountaineers the 25-21 win and 2-0 advantage in the match.
WVU used their blocking efforts to take a 4-0 lead in set through, and the Jaguars couldn’t quite make up the ground for the rest of the match. Another late 4-0 run was capped by a kill from Anderson, putting the Mountaineers in front 21-14. IUPUI rallied for a late 3-0 scoring streak to cut the deficit to three at 23-20, but a kill from Attea set up set point before an attacking error on the Jaguars handed the set to the Mountaineers, 25-21, to give them the 3-0 win.
West Virginia will hit the road for the first time this season on Monday when it makes the short jaunt to Moon Township, Pennsylvania, to take on the Robert Morris Colonials in a 6 p.m. match up.