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VB: Shocks Open Season This Weekend at NIU
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Release:08/23/2012
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NIU Invitational, DeKalb, Ill.
Aug. 24 - Wichita State (0-0) vs. New Mexico State (0-0) - 5 p.m.

Aug. 25 - Wichita State (0-0) at Northern Illinois (0-0) - 2 p.m.

Aug. 26 - Wichita State (0-0) vs. North Dakota State (0-0) - 11 a.m.


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Date: Aug. 24-26, 2012
First Serve: 5 p.m., 2 p.m., 11 a.m. CST
Location: DeKalb, Ill.
Arena: Victor E. Court (800)
Radio: 103.7 KEYN FM (joined in progress on Aug. 24)
Talent: Mike Kennedy
Series: NMSU leads WSU 2-0; NIU leads WSU 2-1; WSU leads NDSU 2-0

Shockers Travel to Illinois
Wichita State hits the road to open the 2012 season in DeKalb, Ill. at the NIU Invitational. The Shockers will play New Mexico State on Aug. 24, face host Northern Illinois on Aug. 25 and take on North Dakota State on Aug. 26.  

Series History vs. Tourney Field
The Shockers are 3-4 all-time against the 2012 tourney field:
New Mexico State -  0-2
Northern Illinois -  1-2
North Dakota State -  2-0

Scouting New Mexico State
The Aggies finished 23-10 in 2011 and 10-4 in the WAC. New Mexico State returns three starters and six letterwinners and is picked to finish first in the WAC.  The Aggies are led by 15th-year head coach Mike Jordan.

Last Meeting vs. NMSU
The last meeting between the two teams was Oct. 28, 1989, in Wichita.  The Aggies won the match 3-1 by scores of 10-15, 15-8, 15-6 and 16-14.

Scouting Northern Illinois
The Huskies finished 28-7 in 2011 and 14-2 in the Mid-American Conference.  NIU earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.  NIU returns three starters and 11 letterwinners and is picked to finish fourth in the West Division of the MAC.  The Huskies are led by 11th-year head coach Ray Gooden.

Last Meeting vs. NIU
The last meeting between the two teams was Sept. 6, 1996, in DeKalb, Ill.  NIU won 3-0 by scores of 15-1, 15-2 and 15-9.

Scouting North Dakota State
The Bison finished 26-9 in 2011 and 16-2 in the Summit League.  NDSU earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Bison return three starters and six letterwinners and is picked to finish first in the Summit League.  NDSU is led by second-year head coach Kari Thompson.

Last Meeting vs. NDSU
The last meeting between the two teams was Sept. 24, 2005, in Springfield, Mo.  The Shockers won the match 3-0 by scores of 30-20, 30-19 and 30-16.

Season Openers
Wichita State is 17-17-2 in season openers overall and 8-4 in season openers under head coach Chris Lamb.  The Shockers had won six-straight openers until last season when WSU lost to Arizona.

Shockers Receive Votes
The Wichita State volleyball team received votes in the AVCA Preseason Poll, which was released Aug. 13.  The Shockers received three points in the poll.
The Shockers will play five teams that are ranked or receiving votes in the preseason poll including Tennessee (15th), Northern Iowa (21st), Colorado State (25th), BYU (RV), and Oklahoma (RV).

Shocks Picked Third in Preseason MVC Poll
The Wichita State volleyball team is picked third in the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. The Shockers received 84 points in the poll.
The Shockers return seven letterwinners and four starters from a team that went 21-11 in 2011 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Two Shockers Named to Preseason Team
Two Shockers were named to the Preseason All-Valley Team. Senior outside hitter Emily Adney and junior middle blocker Ashley Andrade were both named to the team, and were all-Valley selections in 2011.

Four Starters Return
The Shockers return four starters (Emily Adney, Elizabeth Field, Ashley Andrade and Sam Sanders) in 2012 from a team that went 21-11 a year ago and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth-straight season.  WSU also returns Jackie Church, who was a defensive specialist last season.

Three All-Valley Selections Return
Wichita State returns three all-Missouri Valley Conference selections in 2012 including first team pick Emily Adney and second team selections Ashley Andrade and Elizabeth Field.  Adney led the team in kills with 382, while Andrade led the team in blocks with 119 and hitting percentage at .353.  Field finished third on the team in kills with 245, second in blocks with 98 and second in hitting percentage at .349.

Shocks 10th Nationally in Attendance in 2011
WSU volleyball ranked in the top-10 nationally in attendance in 2011.  The Shockers had a total attendance figure of 27,797 and averaged 2,527 fans per match, which was 10th nationally.

Lamb Returns for 13th Season
Head coach Chris Lamb, four-time MVC Coach of the Year, returns for his 13th season after guiding the Shockers to nine-straight 20-win seasons.  Last season, he became the winningest coach in Shocker volleyball history.

Valley Titles
WSU has won four out of the last eight MVC regular-season titles.  The Shockers have collected titles in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008.

Home Schedule
The Shockers have 12 home matches in 2012 including non-conference matches against Colorado State, BYU and Tennessee.  

Shocks on the Radio
All Wichita State volleyball matches will be broadcast on KEYN 103.7 FM in 2012.  WSU Hall of Famer Mike Kennedy will perform play-by-play duties for all of the matches.  

Fall Practice Schedule
The Shockers will practice in the Preferred Health Systems Multi-Purpose Center on Monday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. On the day before a home match, the team will practice on Devlin Court.

Birthdays During the Season
Sept. 2 — Jackie Church
Sept. 23 — Kristin Byers
Oct. 20 — Chris Lamb
Oct. 27 — Sam Sanders
Nov. 8 — Katie Reilly
Dec. 4 — Elizabeth Field
Dec. 4 — Jordan Loney

2011 Review
The Shockers went 21-11 in 2011 and 13-5 in the Missouri Valley Conference.  WSU finished third in the MVC and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Leading the Shockers was first team all-Valley selections Mary Elizabeth Hooper, Camri Zwiesler, and Emily Adney and second team selections Ashley Andrade and Elizabeth Field.


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