Volleyball Finishes Spring on Winning Streak

  • By Abby Norman
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  • April 20, 2013 10:53 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Coming off a three-game winning streak, the West Virginia University volleyball continued its winning ways by snatching victories against George Washington and Marshall, on Saturday at the WVU Coliseum.

In the first match, the Mountaineers defeated the Colonials 3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 25-12, 27-25, 25-18), before sweeping the Thundering Herd 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 28-26) to finish the day and their final competition of the spring season.

“These last two weekends, going 5-0 in match play, is a testament to their hard work,” coach Jill Kramer says. “We talk a lot about as coaches about wins not being a big deal in the spring and things like that, but for this group, it kind of is. We have got to know that we can get it done when our back are against the wall and that is part of what we needed to be better at. We have to challenge ourselves both mentally and physically. That is something I am really proud of them for this spring and they have worked really hard as a team and I think they are starting to get rewarded for that.”

In the match against George Washington, WVU had four players with kills in double figures with freshman outside Hannah Sackett leading the way with 15. Freshman middle blocker Caleah Wells followed with 13 kills, while junior outside hitter Elzbieta Klein and sophomore middle blocker Evyn McCoy each chipped in 10 apiece.

McCoy recorded zero errors on 15 swings for a team-leading .670 hitting percentage, while Wells also had zero errors on 23 swings for a .570 hitting percentage.

“I thought our middles had a really great game against George Washington. We passed pretty well for the most part and we actually got a lot better at things that we have been working on – blocking and defense,” Kramer says. “The best part about that match was that the girls always believed that they were going to pull it out. We were down by a lot in the fourth set and came back and won that 27-25. They put it together when their backs were against the wall. They are getting stronger as a group and individually.”

In their second match of the day, Klein chipped in another double figure match by leading the team with 11 kills against the Thundering Herd. Freshman outside hitter Nikki Attea also had 11 kills, while Wells was one short of double figure kills with nine.

“In our match against Marshall, we were kind of in a ‘no win’ situation. They are a little down on numbers so they basically have their three best attackers in the front row for the entire match,” Kramer says.” That is the thing about the spring and that is great for us. We have got to defend three hitters and they have their best defenders in the back row the whole time, so we still had to find a way to win it. I thought the girls took a great mentality towards that game.”

Today’s competition concludes the 2013 spring volleyball season. The Mountaineers will return to the court in August.

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