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WVU Returns Home to Face TCU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Oct. 14, 2020) – Following a pair of top-10 victories at Kansas last week, the West Virginia University volleyball team returns to Morgantown for a two-match series against TCU on Oct. 15-16.

Thursday’s match will air live on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET, with Courtney Lyle and Missy Whittemore on the call. Friday’s contest will be carried live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, starting at 6 p.m. ET, with Jason White and Andrew Caridi on the call. For more information, or to sign up for the digital platform, visit WVUsports.com/Big12Now.

Following Friday’s match, West Virginia will celebrate the careers of its 2020 senior class: Audrey Adams, Alexa Hasting, Briana Lynch and Lindsay Proctor.

Due to safety precautions from the COVID-19 pandemic, only essential game operations personnel and families of the players and volleyball staff will be admitted into the arena.

Live stats and video links for both matches can be found on WVUsports.com.

“Last week was great, but we have to build on what we did,” sixth-year coach Reed Sunahara said. “We can’t be complacent and think about the wins at Kansas because we have TCU coming here. We’re focused on TCU. That was two big wins for us and our program, but that was last week. Now, we are focusing on TCU, so we will see what happens.”

The Horned Frogs hold a 13-4 advantage in the all-time series, with the Mountaineers’ last win taking place on Sept. 20, 2017, in Morgantown. TCU’s coach Jill Kramer coached at WVU from 2010-14, posting a 66-83 overall record. WVU is looking for its first series sweep over TCU in program history. The Mountaineers are 4-4 against the Horned Frogs at the WVU Coliseum.

West Virginia most recently captured a pair of top-10 road wins for the first time in program history, upsetting No. 10 Kansas in five sets on Oct. 9-10, at the Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena, in Lawrence, Kansas.

Following the wins, the Mountaineers received 14 votes in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll. Lynch, a senior middle blocker, also was named WVU’s Student-Athlete of the Week on Monday. The Johns Creek, Georgia, native turned in a team-best .440 hitting efficiency in the two-match series at Kansas.

As a team, WVU sits 14th nationally in kills (13.26 k/s) and blocks (2.15 b/s), 20th in digs (14.33 d/s) 22nd in assists (11.85 a/s) and 27th in hitting percentage (.201). Individually, a pair of Mountaineers sit in the top 10 of two national categories. Lynch is tied for eighth with a hitting percentage of .417, and junior setter Lacey Zerwas ranks ninth with 10.63 assists per set.

The Mountaineers also have been one of the top teams in the conference at the net, sitting third in kills and blocks per set.

Junior outside hitter Natali Petrova leads the team with 3.04 kills per set through six matches. Petrova, a six-rotation player for WVU, has recorded double-digit kills in every match this season, including four straight double-double performances. Adams leads the team’s blocking efforts and ranks seventh in the conference with 1.00 blocks per set.

TCU is coming off a series split with Texas Tech, winning in five sets on Oct. 8, and falling in four frames on Oct. 9, in Schollmaier Arena, in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Horned Frogs are averaging 11.7 kills per set and hitting .149 on the season, with sophomore middle blocker Afedo Manyang pacing TCU’s offense with 3.27 kills per set. Classmate Julia Adams and Manyang averaged 8.55 kills per set in TCU’s last two matches against Texas Tech, the best average by a Horned Frog tandem over the course of two matches in the Kramer era.

Press Release: WVU Athletics Communications

Photo Credit: WVU Sports

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