For the second night in a row, West Virginia volleyball knocked off No. 10 Kansas in thrilling fashion.
Just like Friday night, the Mountaineers (3-3 Big 12) and the Jayhawks (1-5) battled each other to the very end, taking Saturday’s match the full five sets.
West Virginia convincingly took the opening set 25-16. The Mountaineers had 20 kills to Kansas’ seven. After that, however, the Jayhawks won sets two and three by 25-22 scores, giving them a 2-1 set lead.
The Mountaineers won a back-and-forth fourth set by scoring the final five points to force a deciding fifth set. In that fifth set, WVU stormed out to a 10-3 lead and was able to hold off a late push to win 15-12 and win the match 3-2.
“That’s what we came here to do,” head coach Reed Sunahara said. “I thought we were locked in, and we were resilient. We never stopped playing. We had some moments where we weren’t very good, but overall, we never stopped executing. Kansas is a good team, and it’s always great to leave here with a win.”
Briana Lynch led the team with 18 kills, but WVU’s overall attack was balanced, with Natali Petrova (16), Audrey Adams (15) and Kristin Lux (12) all also recording double-digit kills.
Lacey Zerwas led both teams with 57 assists. Zerwas also had 12 digs. Alexa Hasting had a team-high 16 digs, followed by Skye Stokes (13), Zerwas and Petrova (10).
Friday’s win was the first win over a top-10 ranked opponent in WVU volleyball program history, Saturday’s win was the first time in program history the Mountaineers have ever secured a season sweep of the Jayhawks.
WVU will return to Morgantown next weekend for a two-game series against TCU on Oct. 15 and 16.