Wichita State (6-3, 0-0) at Drake (0-9, 0-0) - 7 p.m.Sat., Sept. 15, 2012
Wichita State (6-3, 0-0) at Creighton (8-1, 0-0) - 6 p.m.
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Date: Sept. 14-15
First Serve: 7, 6 p.m. CST
Location: Des Moines, Iowa & Omaha, Neb.
Arena: Knapp Center & DJ Sokol Arena
Radio: 103.7 KEYN FM
Talent: Mike Kennedy
Series: WSU leads DU 39-17; WSU leads CU 21-20
Shockers Open MVC Play
Wichita State opens up Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend at Drake and at Creighton. Other Valley matchups this weekend include Missouri State at Creighton and Drake, Illinois State and Indiana State at Evansville and Southern Illinois, and UNI at Bradley.
The Bulldogs are 0-9 so far this season. Losses have come against Green Bay, Auburn, Central Michigan, Northwestern, New Mexico State, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Milwaukee and North Dakota State. DU is led by Bentley Mancini who is averaging 2.50 kills per set. Halli Meyer and Rebecca Brown split the setting duties, while Sarah Madden averages 4.83 digs per set. The Bulldogs are led by second-year head coach Tony Sunga.
Last Meeting vs. DU
The last meeting between the two teams was Nov. 5, 2011, in Des Moines, Iowa. The Shockers won by scores of 25-19, 25-12 and 25-13. Emily Adney led WSU with 15 kills, while Camri Zwiesler had 13 kills and 17 digs and Mary Elizabeth Hooper had 39 assists.
Series History vs. the Bulldogs
Wichita State leads the overall series with DU 39-17. WSU also leads the overall series in Des Moines 17-8. WSU head coach Chris Lamb is 23-1 overall against the Bulldogs and 11-1 in Des Moines. The Shockers have won 23-straight against the Bulldogs.
The Bluejays are 8-1 so far this season. Wins have come against Central Florida, South Florida, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Denver, Ball State, Tulsa and Northern Colorado. Their lone loss is to No. 21 Kansas State. CU is led by Leah McNary who is averaging 2.77 kills per set. Kelli Browning averages 2.74 kills and 1.71 blocks per set, while Megan Bober averages 1.81 kills, 9.32 assists, 2.68 digs and 1.10 blocks per set. The Bluejays are led by 10th-year head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth.
Last Meeting vs. CU
The last meeting between the two teams was Nov. 4, 2011, in Omaha, Neb. The Bluejays won in five sets by scores of 19-25, 25-23, 13-25, 25-23 and 15-10. Camri Zwiesler led the Shockers with 17 kills, while Elizabeth Field added 13 kills. Mary Elizabeth Hooper had 49 assists and Sarah Waldorf had 38 digs.
Series History vs. the Bluejays
Wichita State leads the overall series 21-20. Creighton leads the overall series in Omaha 11-7. WSU head coach Chris Lamb is 15-11 overall against the Bluejays and 5-7 in Omaha. The Shockers are 15-7 against the Bluejays since 2002, but haven’t won in Omaha since 2008.
Wichita State opens Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend on the road against Drake. The Shockers are 14-15 overall in conference openers and 8-4 under head coach Chris Lamb. WSU is 12-16 in conference road openers and 7-4 under Lamb. The Shockers are also 12-16 in conference home openers and 7-4 under Lamb.
Player of the Week - Sam Sanders earned MVP honors at the SMU Doubletree Classic by leading Wichita State to a 3-0 record and the tournament championship. She averaged 3.17 kills, 0.17 service aces, 1.00 dig, 0.33 blocks and 3.54 points per set while hitting .429 on the left side. In the opener against host SMU, she had eight kills on 19 swings and hit .421. She also added one service ace, two digs and two blocks. Against Auburn, she totaled 13 kills on 23 swings and hit .522. She also had one assist, one service ace, four digs and one block against the Tigers. In the finale against Texas State, she had a career-high 17 kills on 35 swings and hit .371 while also adding an assist, a block and a career-high six digs.
Defensive Player-of-the-Week - Jackie Church earned all-tournament team honors at the SMU Doubletree Classic as she helped the Shockers to a 3-0 record and a tournament championship. She averaged 4.08 digs, 0.83 assists, and 0.33 service aces per set in the three matches. She also had just one reception error in 60 total chances. In the opener at SMU, she totaled a match-high 22 digs and also added three assists and two service aces. Against Auburn, she had a team-high 13 digs along with two assists and against Texas State, she had a match-high 14 digs along with five assists and two service aces.
Shocks Ranked in Attendance
In the first attendance report released by the NCAA, Wichita State is ranked ninth. The Shockers are averaging 2,592 fans per match. National leader Hawaii averages 6,912 fans per match.
Shocks Ranked 55th
The NCAA released its first statistical report of the season on Sept. 10. The Shockers are ranked 55th in the nation in hitting percentage as the Shockers are hitting .251 as a team.
Let’s Play Five
Wichita State played three-straight five-set matches from Aug. 31-Sept. 6. It was only the second time in school history that the Shockers played three-straight five-set matches. The Shockers lost to BYU on Aug. 31, lost to No. 14 Tennessee on Sept. 2 and defeated SMU on Sept. 6. The last time the Shockers played three-straight five-set matches was in 1998. WSU lost to Evansville on Nov. 6, lost to Southern Illinois on Nov. 7 and lost to Illinois State on Nov. 13.
Feekin Dominates All Over the Court
Junior setter Chelsey Feekin earned all-tournament team honors this weekend at the SMU Doubletree Classic. It was the first all-tournament team honor of her career. She averaged 2.17 kills, 9.00 assists, 0.33 service aces, 2.17 digs and 0.50 blocks per set while hitting .548. She had a career-high 13 digs against Auburn and a career-high 12 kills against Texas State.
With a 3-0 showing at the SMU Doubletree Classic, the Shockers took home the tournament championship. It was the first tournament championship WSU has won since going 3-0 at the BYU Invitational Sept. 10-11, 2010.