Wichita State (2-1) vs. No. 24 Colorado State (3-0) - 7 p.m.Fri., Aug. 31, 2012
Wichita State (2-1) vs. BYU (3-0) - 7 p.m.Sun., Sept. 2, 2012Wichita State (2-1) vs. No. 14 Tennessee (2-1) - 1 p.m.
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Date: Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2012
First Serve: 7, 7, 1 p.m. CST
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Arena: Charles Koch Arena
Radio: 103.7 KEYN FM
Talent: Mike Kennedy
Series: CSU leads WSU 3-1; WSU leads BYU 1-0; First Meeting with UT
Shockers Host Tournament
Wichita State will open up the home portion of the schedule with the Shocker Volleyball Classic Aug. 30-Sept. 2. The Shockers will play No. 24 Colorado State on Aug. 30, BYU on Aug. 31 and No. 14 Tennessee on Sept. 2.
Series History vs. Tourney Field
The Shockers are 2-3 all-time against the 2012 tourney field:
Colorado State - 1-3
BYU - 1-0
Tennessee - 0-0
Scouting Colorado State
The Rams finished 24-6 in 2011 and 12-2 in the Mountain West. Colorado State returns four starters and nine letterwinners and is picked to finish first in the Mountain West. CSU earned its 17th-straight NCAA Tournament bid in 2011. The Rams are 3-0 this season and ranked No. 24 with wins over Virginia, Denver and Rhode Island, all in three sets. Dana Cranston had 32 kills in the three matches and hit .307, while Deedra Foss had 90 assists and Izzy Gaulia had 27 digs. The Rams are led by 16th-year head coach Tom Hilbert.
Last Meeting vs. CSU
The last meeting between the two teams was Sept. 9, 2011, in Fort Collins, Colo. The Shockers won 3-1 by scores of 28-26, 19-25, 25-20 and 25-22. Emily Adney led the Shockers with 18 kills, while Camri Zwiesler added 17 kills. Mary Elizabeth Hooper had 42 assists and Sarah Waldorf had 17 digs.
The Cougars finished 21-9 in 2011 and 10-6 in the West Coast Conference. BYU returns six starters and 11 letterwinners and is picked to finish fourth in the WCC. The Cougars are 3-0 this season and receiving 12 votes in the top-25 poll with wins over Arkansas State, Air Force and Rice, all in three sets. Jennifer Hamson had 44 kills in the three matches and hit .528, while Heather Hannemann had 122 assists and Ciara Parker had 48 digs.The Cougars are led by second-year head coach Shawn Olmstead.
Last Meeting vs. BYU
The last meeting between the two teams was Sept. 11, 2010, in Provo, Utah. The Shockers won 3-1 by scores of 25-19, 22-25, 25-21 and 25-21. Camri Zwiesler led the Shockers with 18 kills, while Emily Adney had 14 kills. Mary Elizabeth Hooper had 50 assists and Sarah Waldorf had 36 digs.
The Volunteers finished 28-4 in 2011 and 14-1 in the Southeastern Conference. UT earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Volunteers return six starters and 12 letterwinners and is picked to finish first in the SEC. The Volunteers are 2-1 this season and ranked No. 14 with wins over Cincinnati and No. 10 Iowa State and a loss to No. 12 Florida State. Kelsey Robinson had 55 kills in the three matches and hit .293, while Mary Pollmiller had 107 assists and Ellen Mullins had 42 digs. UT is led by 16th-year head coach Rob Patrick.
Wichita State is 21-14-1 in home openers overall and 10-2 in home openers under head coach Chris Lamb. The two losses were in 2001 and 2004. The Shockers have won the last seven home openers overall.
Church Named MVC Defensive Player of the Week
Wichita State volleyball student-athlete Jackie Church has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player-of-the-Week for the week of Aug. 20-26.
Church, a senior libero from Fairway, Kan., helped the Shockers to a 2-1 record over the weekend at the NIU Invitational and earned all-tournament team honors.
She averaged 4.83 digs, 0.33 service aces, 1.25 assists and 0.17 kills per set. She also had just one reception error in a team-high 88 total attempts on the weekend.
In the opener against eventual tournament champion New Mexico State, Church had a match-high 15 digs along with one kill, five assists and a service ace. Against tournament host Northern Illinois, Church posted a career-high and match-high 31 digs and also had four assists and two service aces. In the final match against North Dakota State, she had 12 digs, one kill, one service ace and a career-high six assists.
It is the first Defensive Player-of-the-Week honor of her career.
Player of the Week - Elizabeth Field helped the Shockers to a 2-1 record over the weekend at the NIU Invitational and earned all-tournament team honors. She averaged 2.67 kills, 0.50 digs, 0.58 blocks and 2.96 points per set while hitting .419 in the three matches. In the opener against New Mexico State, she had 10 kills, two digs and a block while hitting .412. Against tournament host Northern Illinois, Field had 14 kills, three digs and six blocks while hitting .429. In the finale against North Dakota State, she had eight kills and one dig while hitting .412.
Freshman of the Week - Katie Reilly helped the Shockers to a 2-1 record over the weekend at the NIU Invitational. In her Shocker debut, she averaged 1.50 kills, 0.33 service aces, 0.58 digs, 0.67 blocks and 2.17 points per set. She also had a perfect reception percentage in six attempts. Against eventual tournament champion New Mexico State, Reilly had 10 kills in 29 swings with just one error to hit .310. She also added a service ace, two digs and three blocks. She had four kills, one service ace, two digs and four blocks against Northern Illinois and four kills, two service aces, three digs and a block while hitting .364 against North Dakota State.
Feekin Steps Into Setter Role
Junior setter Chelsey Feekin had an impressive weekend for the Shockers at the NIU Invitational. She averaged 1.67 kills, 10.58 assists, 0.17 aces, 1.83 digs and 0.33 blocks per set while hitting .378. She also led the team to a .260 hitting percentage. She totaled nine kills, 47 assists, two aces, seven digs and a block against New Mexico State and hit .294. Against Northern Illinois, she had six kills, 47 assists, eight digs and three blocks and hit .286 and against North Dakota State, she had five kills, 33 assists, and seven digs and hit .833.
Sanders Powers Shocks to Two Wins
Junior outside hitter Sam Sanders came on strong for the Shockers at the NIU Invitational. Sanders had six kills on 22 swings in the opener against New Mexico State and after that helped power the Shockers to two wins. Against Northern Illinois, she had 14 kills on 32 swings along with three service aces and three blocks. In the finale against North Dakota State, she had eight kills on 17 swings with a service ace, two digs and a block. For the weekend, Sanders averaged 2.33 kills, 0.33 service aces, 0.50 digs and 0.75 blocks per set while hitting .254 on the left side.
Freshmen Make Debut
Four freshmen made their Shocker debut over the weekend at the NIU Invitational. Outside hitter Katie Reilly played in all 12 sets and averaged 1.50 kills per set, while defensive specialist Gaby Urban played in four sets, and outside hitters MaryAshton Floyd and Ashlyn Driskill each played in two sets.
Field and Church Named to All-Tournament Team
Junior middle blocker Elizabeth Field and senior libero Jackie Church were both named to the all-tournament team at the NIU Invitational. Field averaged 2.67 kills per set while hitting .419 in the tournament, while Church averaged 4.83 digs and 0.33 aces per set.
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.
WSU has won four out of the last eight MVC regular-season titles. The Shockers have collected titles in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008.
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
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.