WVU Downs Herd

West Virginia's volleyball resurgence under first-year coach Jill Kramer continued with a three-game sweep of Marshall on Wednesday.

For the first time since 2001, the "Golden Ball" returns to Morgantown as the West Virginia University volleyball team defeated Marshall Tuesday at the WVU Coliseum. The trophy, awarded to the winner of the annual game, will reside at WVU for the coming year.

"It is nice to finally bring the Golden Ball back to Morgantown," coach Jill Kramer said. "It is a great way for us to start the new era of volleyball here from the get-go, and in the fashion we did it, makes it more important.

"I am really happy for our seniors because it is something that they really wanted to do. We were talking about how we expected it to be a longer match and when we got done we thought ‘wow'. What we need to understand is that we made that happen by playing how we have been playing all season."

The Mountaineers improved to 8-3 on the season after defeating the Herd (4-5) in a 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-23) match.

With the Golden Ball and in-state bragging rights at stake, the Mountaineers came out strong in set one as junior Michelle Kopecky posted seven kills. With the score tied at 24, Kopecky posted one of her kills, while senior Abby Norman and junior Serinna Russo followed with a block to win the set.

The Mountaineers carried that momentum into set two and posted a .429 hitting percentage and 17 team digs, as they closed the set once again on a block from Norman and junior Kylie Armbruster.

WVU continued to dominate in the third set and maintained the lead as Norman posted a kill to end the match.

Kopecky led the team in kills with 12, while Russo posted seven kills and 16 digs and senior libero Bonnie West posted 15 digs.

The Mountaineers return to action on Sept. 17-18, with the Fullerton Classic hosted by Cal State Fullerton.

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