The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

July 30, 2013

WVU volleyball to play UT in primetime

MORGANTOWN — Most of West Virginia’s athletic teams are used to getting national television time, but this year the Mountaineers’ volleyball team will have its first-ever home match aired on a national network.

The meeting with Big 12 and NCAA champion Texas at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, will be aired live on ESPNU.

“We are excited to be a part of another program first for WVU volleyball this season with our program’s first televised match,” Coach Jill Kramer said in a release. “Joining the Big 12 Conference has certainly elevated the national exposure for our volleyball program, and this nationally televised match gives us yet another opportunity to showcase what the West Virginia University fan base is really like, as well as provide another historical event for our fans to enjoy.”

While WVU has not drawn well with a volleyball team that is in a rebuilding stage, they are hoping for a large turnout for this match.

“Last season, when we hosted Texas in our Big 12 debut, we broke our single-match attendance record by a landslide,” Kramer said. “We’d love to see that happen again as we host the 2012 NCAA defending national champions.”

Last season’s match was played in front of a school-record 3,112 fans at the WVU Coliseum in West Virginia’s first on-campus Big 12 sporting event.

This season, the Longhorns return the 2012 COBRA Magazine National Player of the Year and 2012 Big 12 Player of the Year in junior Haley Eckerman. Texas has won three women’s volleyball national championships.

The Mountaineers will be entering their second season in the Big 12 Conference in 2013, while also celebrating their 40th anniversary of WVU volleyball.

West Virginia will return all six starters, plus its libero this season. Setter Brittany Sample recorded the second-most assists for a freshman in program history, and libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos recorded the fourth-most digs for a freshman, despite missing six games.

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