DeKALB, Ill. - Wichita State dropped its season opener to New Mexico State, 3-1. The Aggies won by scores of 28-30, 25-16, 25-20 and 26-24.
Ashley Andrade led the Shockers with 12 kills and hit .450, while Katie Reilly had 10 kills and hit .310 in her Shocker debut. Elizabeth Field had 10 kills and hit .412 and Chelsey Feekin had nine kills, 47 assists, two service aces and seven digs. Jackie Church led the Shockers with 15 digs.
Emily Adney and Ashley Andrade started the first set with back-to-back kills. New Mexico State used two-straight points to tie the score at 10 and the two teams continued to trade points. A 4-0 run by the Aggies put them in front 19-16, but the Shockers tied it up at 19 on a block by Andrade and Katie Reilly. An Andrade kill put the Shocks up 22-20 and a kill by Elizabeth Field brought the Shockers to set point at 24-22, but NMSU came back to tie it at 24. The Shockers won the set 30-28 on a kill by Adney.
The beginning of the second set went back-and-forth, but the Aggies grabbed an 11-7 lead with a kill. NMSU ran away with the second set winning 25-16.
A Reilly kill gave the Shocks an early 7-5 lead in the third set. NMSU came back to tie it at 10 and the two teams went back-and-forth until the Aggies took a 22-19 lead on a kill. NMSU scored three of the final four points of the set to win 25-20.
The Shockers took control of the fourth set with back-to-back service aces from Adney for an 18-12 lead. A kill by Sam Sanders gave WSU a 20-14 lead, but the Aggies stormed back to tie the set at 20. WSU answered with a 3-0 run, but NMSU then scored three-straight for a 23-23 tie. The Aggies scored three of the final four points for the 26-24 win.
The Shockers are next in action on Sat., August 25 at 2 p.m. against Northern Illinois.