MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Hitting .341 as a team, the West Virginia University volleyball team got off to a good start on their four-game road swing with a 3-0 sweep of Robert Morris on Monday evening at the Charles L. Sewall Center.
It was the Mountaineers’ best hitting performance since September of 2013 when they hit .429 vs. Navy.
recorded a double-double with a team-best 11 kills and 12 digs, hitting .292 in the process. She also had five block assists. Nikki Attea
hit for a .538 clip and put eight balls on the court, while Hannah Sackett
hit .286 with nine kills and a block. Evyn McCoy
finished with an attacking percentage of .714 with five kills to go along with a trio of block assists. The Mountaineers posted up for 7.0 team blocks.
Big 12 Rookie of the Week Lamprini Konstantinidou
came up big a number of times in the match, recording 34 assists and a pair of aces. In addition, she hit .429 with three kills, including a kill to win the third and final set of the night.
Arden Fisher led the Colonials with 12 kills and 11 digs, while Hannah Hoffman put up 16 assists with a pair of aces. Robert Morris hit .117 with 3.0 team blocks.
The Mountaineers cruised to victory in set one. After taking a 7-2 lead on a kill from Attea, WVU increased its advantage to 15-7 after a Konstantinidou ace, her seventh of the season, capped a 5-0 scoring streak. A serving error on the Colonials set up set point for the Mountaineers, who ended the set on a kill from Sackett with a score of 25-15.
“I was really pleased with the way we approached the match tonight,” said coach Jill Kramer. “I thought we distribute dour offense a lot better than we did this past weekend. We did a good job of finishing in sets one and three. There’s a lot of things we still need to be working on – staying focused and competing hard for the duration of the match are a couple of those things.”
The second set was much different than the first as the Mountaineers struggled to take a clear advantage. After trading points to a 9-9 tie, WVU scored three straight on kills from Attea and Wells to take a slim 12-9 lead. However, the Colonials capitalized on several Mountaineer miscues and took a 14-13 lead on a block. Back-to-back kills by Attea pushed WVU in front before a Sackett kill gave them a 20-17 lead and forced RMU to call timeout. An error by the Colonials made it set-point for the Mountaineers, but the RMU was able to keep the set alive. Anderson and Wells came up with the block to cap the set, 25-22, in favor of the Mountaineers to give them the 2-0 lead.
Set three was once again a battle before a kill by Anderson and an ace from Konstantinidou put some breathing room between the two teams with the Mountaineers up 10-6. Attea and Sackett combined with several RMU errors, stretched the WVU lead to seven at 17-10. Following an RMU timeout, the Mountaineers used a 4-0 run, and later a kill from Konstantinidou, on their way to closing out the set. McCoy’s kill set up match point, and Konstantinidou came through the with the kill to put it away as West Virginia took the set 25-15 to win the match 3-0.
The Mountaineers will return to the road later this week when they head to New York to compete in the Niagara Invitational on Friday and Saturday. They will start the tournament with a 1 p.m. tilt vs. Gardner-Webb before facing host Niagara at 7 p.m. The squad will wrap things up with an 11 a.m. match against Providence on Saturday.