Written by WVU Sports Communications
The West Virginia University volleyball team fell to No. 1 Texas 3-0 (15-25, 20-25, 29-31) on Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum in front of the second-largest crowd ever to take in a WVU volleyball match.
"I think our team showed a lot of resiliency tonight," says coach Jill Kramer. "We got off to a little bit of a slow start. Texas didn't have an attack error in the first set, so we really had to earn everything."
A crowd of 1,812 took in the Big 12 Conference match.
The Longhorns (14-2, 7-0 Big 12) extended their win streak to 10 consecutive matches, while the Mountaineers (16-6, 2-5 Big 12) have now dropped four of their last five.
WVU freshman outside hitter Jordan Anderson led all players with 16 kills, while sophomore setter Brittany Sample had 37 assists for a 12.3 assists per set average.
West Virginia hung around early in the first set, trailing just 8-9 early in the set. The Longhorns, though, hit .517 as a team for the set, while not posting a single hitting error.
The Mountaineers settled down in the second set, registering a .346 hitting percentage as a team. Texas used seven kills from senior Bailey Webster to win the set 25-20. Sophomore outside hitters Nikki Attea and Hannah Sackett each recorded six kills, respectively.
The third set was back-and-forth at the end, with Texas holding match point on five different occasions. The Mountaineers fought until the end, falling in the set 31-29.
West Virginia returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 26, as it travels to Norman, Okla., to face the Sooners.