MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University volleyball team defeated BIG EAST foe Seton Hall 3-1 (30-28, 18-30, 30-26, 30-26) on Sunday, Oct. 30, at the WVU Coliseum.
The Mountaineers (15-10, 3-7 BIG EAST) snapped its five-game conference losing streak with the victory. Senior Julie Hockenson led West Virginia with 17 kills, hitting .343 on the day. Senior Stephanie Zolna had a double-double with 13 kills and 15 digs. Junior Gina Cusanelli had a career-high 21 assists and added seven kills and 12 digs.
Game one was close until the Mountaineers used serves from Hockenson to go up 16-11. The Pirates fought back to take the lead at 19-20, but West Virginia prevailed with two key kills from Hockenson before going on to win 30-28.
In game two, Seton Hall (12-13, 2-7 BIG EAST) came out with force, rattling off five straight serves from Tricia Meyers to go up 5-0. Behind Meyers' serving and four kills of the game, Seton Hall went on to win 18-30.
Game three stayed close unitl West Virginia used two service aces from Hockenson and one from Zolna to go up 20-15. The Pirates fought back to come within one until Zolna had key kills to push the Mountaineers to a 30-26 victory.
Game four proved to be the last. West Virginia found themselves down 9-15 before fighting back with huge kills from Cusanelli to even the score 17-17. Cusanelli had 5 kills in game four as the Mountaineers went on to close out the match, winning 30-26.
Jessica King led Seton Hall with 20 kills, while Brittany Rahrer had 45 assists and 19 digs.West Virginia returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. when they host No. 7 Notre Dame.