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West Virginia Overpowered Kansas in First Match of the Series

Morgantown W.Va. – The West Virginia volleyball team (15-7, 5-6 Big 12) beats Kansas (12-10, 4-7 Big 12) for their two-match series, from Nov. 4-5, at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Mountaineers took the initiative and won in set scores of 25-18, 30-28 and 25-15.

WVU and KU meet for the 21st time since 1999. The Jayhawks lead the all-time series, 16-4. In its last meeting, WVU was able to upset KU in five sets on Oct. 10, 2020.

The Mountaineers were led by fifth-year outside hitter Adrian Ell who recorded her seventh double-double of the season including a match-high 13 kills and a match-high 13 digs.

Another four Mountaineers were able to mark double-digit scores to really power over Kansas. Senior setter Lacey Zerwas, who recorded 33 assists. along with senior outside hitter Natali Petrova who added 12 kills.

That wasn’t all for the Mountaineers as fifth-year senior libero Alexa Hastings and sophomore outside hitter Skye Stokes both recorded 10 digs to top off the game.

“I thought it was a great win,” Reed Sunahara said. “Kansas is a great team. I thought we did some really nice things. You know, we have to clean some stuff up. Tomorrow is going to be another battle, and I am looking forward to it. We just need to keep getting better one game at a time.”

WVU wrapped up the match with 44 kills, seven team blocks, and hitting .176.

WVU opened the first set and was able to take a good lead of 10-4 to push Kansas into calling a timeout. While KU made their way into a few scoring runs, the set turned into being in favor of WVU, 17-15. The Mountaineers then went on a 3-0 run to make the Jayhawks call another timeout. A pair of kills from Lux made the score to set point for WVU, 24-17. The Jayhawks tried to hold on for one more point, but unfortunately, the Mountaineers took to win for set one, totaling in 25-18.

The Jayhawks opened set two with a kill off the bat, but the Mountaineers pushed through returning traded points. Kansas made a scoring run lead 3-0, which resulted in WVU calling for a timeout. The Mountaineers came back strong making a scoring from 5-1 with a lead of 14-13. Kansas then responded with a 4-0 scoring run of their own. The two teams went back and forth trading scoring runs until WVU hit a set point. The Mountaineers took set two from the Jayhawks, 30-28.

Kansas opened the third set of the night and continued to take the lead 4-1. Following their run, WVU was able to quickly hit back and went 4-0 to take the lead, 5-4. The two teams then went back and forth again, trading points, till finally, the Mountaineers went on a 7-0 scoring run. During the run, Petrova recorded five straight kills. WVU went on to hold the lead and win set three after a 4-0 scoring run to finish off the final set, 35-15.

The Mountaineers return to the WVU Coliseum on Friday to play their second two-sire match-up. The first set is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET and will continue to be televised live on ESPNU.

Photo by Dale Sparks, All Pro Photography.

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