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Volleyball Opens Big 12 Play at Home

The WVU women’s volleyball team opens Big 12 Conference play, as the squad hosts Oklahoma for a two-match series, in Morgantown, West Virginia, from Sept. 24-25, at the WVU Coliseum. 

Friday’s match will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a match on Saturday at 5 p.m. Live stats and video for both matches can be found on WVUsports.com

The first of two Dollar Nights of the season is scheduled for Friday’s match. All tickets and select concession items will be just one dollar. The match will also be a Friday Night Happy Hour from 5-6 p.m.
 
Saturday’s match is presented by WVU Medicine Children’s and will be the annual Gold Rush match. All fans are encouraged to wear gold. The Mountaineers will be giving away 150 gold headbands as part of the promotion. Saturday’s contest will also be the Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer match, where the Mountaineers will dawn gold shoelaces courtesy of Go 4 the Goal Foundation and WVU Medicine Children’s. The match will also be a Mountaineer Kids Club t-shirt pickup day with special appearances by MKC mascot Musket as well as Mr. Twister’s Balloon Art and Face Painting. 

“Last week was a good test for us,“ said coach Reed Sunahara. “We played a really good Penn State team. We learned a lot and now we are looking forward to starting the season against Oklahoma this weekend.”

The Mountaineers (10-1) and the Sooners (6-5) will meet for the 20th time since 1999. Oklahoma leads the all-time series, 17-2. West Virginia won its most recent meeting, defeating Oklahoma in four sets on Nov. 20, 2020, in Norman, Oklahoma. 


The Sooners rebounded from a pair of losses at the Georgia Tech Classic to go 2-0 in a pair of midweek battles with Abilene Christian and SMU. OU defeated ACU, 3-0 and SMU, 3-1.  
In its last weekend of competition, West Virginia posted a 2-1 record at the 2021 Mountaineer Invitational. WVU picked up a 3-1 win over George Washington in its opening match of the tournament on Thursday, in set scores of 25-18, 25-18, 24-26 and 25-8. Following the win, West Virginia saw action in a match against UMBC on Thursday. The Mountaineers swept the Retrievers in set scores of 25-15, 25-16 and 25-21. To close out the weekend, the Mountaineers suffered their first loss of the season to No. 20 Penn State and dropped the match, 3-0, in set scores of 22-25, 13-25 and 20-25. 

Senior setter Lacey Zerwas was named to the All-Tournament Team, assisting on 93 of the team’s 132 kills to average 9.30 assists per set. She also notched 23 digs in three matches to average 2.30 per set.

Fifth-year senior middle blocker Briana Lynch led the squad with 35 kills, averaging 3.50 per set, along with seven total blocks.

Fifth-year senior defensive specialist Alexa Hasting averaged 2.70 digs per set, totaling 27 digs in a trio of matches.

As a team, West Virginia concluded the tournament with 132 total kills, 137 total digs and 22 total blocks.

Freshman middle blocker Megan Wilson registered 20 kills and hit .425 in the match against AC, while senior outside hitter Savannah Davison tallied 14 kills to lead the Oklahoma volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep (25-19, 33-31, 25-15) of Abilene Christian. OU recorded eight team blocks and held the Wildcats to a .186 attack percentage for the match. A trio of Sooners finished with double-digit kills in Oklahoma volleyball’s four-set victory (20-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-23) over SMU.  

Davison led the OU (6-5) attack, registering 19 kills on 44 attempts with only two errors to finish with a .386 clip. Davison also tallied eight digs with two blocks to finish with a match-high 20 points. Freshman setter Peyton Dunn paced the Oklahoma offense with 41 assists and recorded a double-double with 11 digs while adding six blocks. 

Looking ahead, the Mountaineers travel to Austin, Texas for a two-match series against Texas, at Gregory Gymnasium, from Sept. 30-31. Thursday’s match will begin at 9 p.m. ET, followed by Friday’s match at 8 p.m. 

Press Release Courtesy of West Virginia University Athletics Communications

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