WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita State swept Evansville, 3-0, in the Missouri Valley Conference home opener for the Shockers Friday night at Charles Koch Arena by scores of 25-16, 25-16, and 25-17.
Freshman Ashlyn Driskill and junior Emily Adney had 15 and nine kills, respectively to lead Wichita State (8-4, 2-1). Junior Chelsey Feekin added 33 assists, nine digs and six kills.
In the first set the Shockers jumped out to an early 8-4 lead with three kills from Adney. Evansville (5-10, 1-2) closed to within 8-6 before Wichita State reeled of six consecutive points to extend their lead to 14-6. Evansville never closed the Shocker advantage closer than 20-14. The Shockers closed out the set winning six of the final eight points including one of Driskill's six first set kills for the final point. Wichita State out hit the Purple Aces .314-.030 in the set.
The two teams went back-and-forth to open the second set with neither team grabbing more than a one point lead until a kill by junior Sam Sanders gave Wichita State a 10-8 advantage. Consecutive kills by Driskill extended the Shocker lead to 18-12. Wichita State again took control of the latter part of the set winning seven of the final ten points. Driskill, Sanders and senior Elizabeth Field each tallied four kills in the set for Wichita State.
Wichita State dug out of an early 4-1 deficit to open the third set tying the score at 5-5 with a kill from Adney. The Shockers then won eight of the next ten points to take a 13-7 lead getting kills from six different players. Evansville closed the gap to 19-15 on a block by junior Rachel TenHoor. Following a timeout by Wichita State head coach Chris Lamb the Shockers cruised to victory getting a kill from Sanders to close out the match.
Ashley Ring's nine kills led Evansville.
The Shockers are in action next Sat., Sept. 22 against Southern Illinois at 7 p.m. inside Charles Koch Arena.
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