Volleyball Wins Thriller over Texas Tech

  • By Nick Arthur
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  • November 02, 2013 04:29 PM
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Jordan Anderson 
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University volleyball team won a five-set thriller 3-2 (25-13, 19-25, 26-24, 23-25, 16-14) over Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum.
“We fought hard in that one. That was great team volleyball,” says coach Jill Kramer. “We spread out our offense very well. Every person on the team stepped up at a different point in time in the match and that’s what we have really wanted to do.
“We have worked really hard to be aggressive at crunch time, and they were aggressive at crunch time today. It’s nice to get to see it pay off for them today. I am really proud of them.”
Four different Mountaineers recorded double-digit kills, led by freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson’s 15 kills and 21 digs – her ninth double-double of the season.
Sophomore outside hitter Hannah Sackett had 14 kills, while sophomore middle blocker Caleah Wells and sophomore outside hitter Nikki Attea each had 13 kills, respectively.
Attea added 12 digs with her 13 kills, marking her sixth double-double of the season, and Sackett recorded just one hitting error, while hitting .448 percent for the match.  
“I thought our crowd was great. It was nice to see that again,” Kramer says. “They got on their feet when they needed to. We needed them today.”
The Mountaineers (17-8, 3-6 Big 12) had 62 team assists, 57 coming from sophomore setter Brittany Sample. Sample’s 57 assists were a season-high and just two shy of her career-high.
The win gave West Virginia a season sweep of the Red Raiders (8-18, 1-9) – the first-ever season sweep for the Mountaineers over a Big 12 conference opponent.
West Virginia came out strong in the first set, posting a .375 team hitting percentage. The Mountaineers claimed the first four points of the game and never looked back, on their way to a 25-13 set win.
The Red Raiders settled down in the second set. They limited the Mountaineers to just a .135 hitting percentage, and erased an early 1-5 deficit to win the game 25-19.
Anderson took control in the third set. The freshman had six kills on 15 attempts and Sample added 13 assists. WVU won the back-and-forth set 26-24.
WVU trailed 3-10 early in the fourth set, but didn't go down easily. The Mountaineers came all the way back to within one, 23-24, but fell to Tech 23-25 in the fourth set.
The fifth set was just as tightly contested as the match. West Virginia won its second match-point opportunity, on a block from freshman Hannah Shreve, to win the final set 16-14.
Shreve had a career-high seven kills off the bench to go with three total blocks.
West Virginia is now just one win away from tying its most wins a single season since 2004.
The Mountaineers hit the road next week with a match at Kansas on Wednesday, Nov. 6, and a match at Kansas State on Saturday, Nov. 9.