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Volleyball: WVU Welcomes Texas


The West Virginia volleyball team is set to open its inaugural Big 12 season by welcoming first-time opponent and the No.2-ranked Texas Longhorns to the WVU Coliseum on Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

            The match is a designated "Dollar Day," with all tickets and select concessions available for one dollar each.           

"It is a great opportunity to see what not only Big 12 volleyball is about for our team, but what the top ranked team in the league is like," coach Jill Kramer says. "Our girls haven't played in the Big 12 yet and they will have an understanding of what they need to bring and the type of level of play we will see game in and game out.

"Texas is big, physical and we are going to need to play really great defense, serve tough and take care of the ball. We need ball control, do the things that we do well and play our game."

WVU started the season with a 2-1 record and a tournament victory at the Mountaineer Invitational. The team lost to St. Francis (2-3) on Friday afternoon before coming back to take the next two matches against Central Connecticut State (3-0) and Loyola-Maryland (3-0).

            Freshman outside hitter Hannah Sackett was named MVP of the invitational after posting 54 kills, 4.91 kills per set and six service aces. For her efforts, the Somers, Mont., native was named Big 12 Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week on Monday. Sackett became only the third person to sweep both awards since they were established in 2008.

            The Longhorns are also coming off a tournament win under the leadership of 26 West Longhorns Classic MVP Haley Eckerman. The reigning Big 12 and AVCA Freshman of the Year currently leads the team with 35 kills, 3.89 kills per set and five service aces.

            Texas swept LSU (3-0), Cal Poly (3-0) and No. 19-ranked San Diego last weekend at the Classic. Nicole Dalton, Sha'Dare McNeal and preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Bailey Webster were also all-tournament team selections. Coach Jerritt Elliott will be looking for his 200th conference win when the Longhorns arrive in Morgantown. Elliott previously complied 29 wins as coach of USC and 170 at Texas.  

Fans unable to attend tomorrow's match can follow the Mountaineers via GameTracker and a free WebStream at WVUsports.com. A full recap of Wednesday's action will be available on WVUsports.com following the match.

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