Wichita State (9-4, 3-1) at Bradley (6-8, 0-3) - 7 p.m.Sat., Sept. 29, 2012
Wichita State (9-4, 3-1) at UNI (11-5, 3-0) - 8:30 p.m.
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Date: Sept. 28-29
First Serve: 7, 8:30 p.m. CST
Location: Peoria, Ill. & Cedar Falls, Iowa
Arena: Renaissance Coliseum & McLeod Center
Radio: 103.7 KEYN FM
Talent: Mike Kennedy/Brian Petrotta
Series: WSU leads BU 33-18; UNI leads WSU 45-11-1
Match vs. UNI on TV
The match between Wichita State and Northern Iowa on Sat., Sept. 29 will be televised on Kansas 22. The match is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. and will feature Mike Kennedy with the play-by-play and Cori Meyer Broddle as the color analyst.
The Braves are 6-8 overall and 0-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference. BU is coming off of four-set losses at Indiana State and Illinois State over the weekend. Wins this season have come against Elon, NC Central, Winthrop, Milwaukee, East Carolina and South Dakota State. Losses have come against Western Michigan, Saint Louis, Green Bay, Northern Iowa, Northern Illinois, Arkansas State, Indiana State and Illinois State. BU is led by Alise Tupuritis who is averaging 2.98 kills per set. Madison Kamp averages 9.90 assists per set while Lauren Zerante averages 4.04 digs per set. The Braves are hitting .195 as a team while holding opponents to a .227 clip. BU is led by second-year head coach Jenny Maurer.
Last Meeting vs. BU
The last meeting between the two teams was Oct. 28, 2011 in Wichita. The Shockers swept the match by scores of 25-20, 25-19 and 25-16. Emily Adney led the Shockers with 15 kills, while Mary Elizabeth Hooper had 41 assists and Sarah Waldorf had 22 digs.
Series History vs. the Braves
Wichita State leads the overall series with the Braves 33-18. WSU leads the series in Peoria 14-12. WSU head coach Chris Lamb is 19-6 overall against the Braves and 9-4 in Peoria. The Shockers have won the last 18 meetings overall.
Scouting Northern Iowa
The Panthers are 11-5 overall and 3-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference. UNI is coming off of sweeps at Illinois State and Indiana State over the weekend. Wins this season have come against Pittsburgh, George Washington, Boston College, Mississippi State, WAke Forest, Marquette, Northern Illinois, Bradley, Long Beach State, Illinois State and Indiana State. Losses have come against No. 9 Purdue, No. 5 USC, No. 18 Iowa State, No. 23 Michigan and Arkansas State. UNI is led by Megan Lehman who averages 3.29 kills per set. Molly Turk averages 10.80 assists per set, while Candice Burke averages 4.77 digs per set. As a team, the Panthers are hitting .225 while holding opponents to a .169 clip. UNI is led by 13th-year head coach Bobbi Petersen.
Last Meeting vs. UNI
The last meeting between the two teams was Nov. 26, 2011, in Cedar Falls, Iowa in the MVC Tournament championship match. The Panthers swept the match by scores of 25-23, 29-27 and 25-20. Emily Adney led the Shockers with 15 kills, while Mary Elizabeth Hooper had 36 assists and Sarah Waldorf had 24 digs.
Series History vs. the Panthers
UNI leads the overall series with the Shockers 45-11-1. The Panthers also lead the series in Cedar Falls 20-6. WSU head coach Chris Lamb is 10-18 overall against the Panthers and 6-8 in Cedar Falls. UNI has won eight-straight in the series.
Adney Named Valley Player of the Week
Wichita State volleyball student-athlete Emily Adney has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player-of-the-Week for the week of Sept. 17-23.
Adney, a senior outside hitter from Golden, Colo., led the Shockers to a 2-0 record including Missouri Valley Conference wins over Evansville and Southern Illinois.
Adney averaged 4.17 kills, 0.33 aces, 3.83 digs, 1.17 blocks and 5.08 points per set while hitting .362 on the left side. In the sweep over the Aces, she had nine kills, one assists, one ace, 11 digs and four blocks. In the match, she became the 11th player in Shocker history to record 1,000 kills in a career.
In the sweep over the Salukis, she had a match-high 16 kills on 33 swings without an error and hit .485. She also added three assists, one ace, 12 digs and three blocks. It was her fifth double-double of the season.
It is the fourth MVC Player-of-the-Week honor of her career, which ties her with Sara Younes for the third-most all-time by a Shocker. Emily Stockman had eight in her career, while Abby Harsh had five.
Defensive Player-of-the-Week - Emily Adney helped the Shockers to wins over Evansville and Southern Illinois over the weekend. She averaged 3.83 digs, 1.17 blocks, 0.33 aces and 4.17 kills while hitting .362. She also had just one reception error in a team-high 36 chances. In the sweep of Evansville, she had 11 digs, four blocks, one ace and nine kills. In the sweep over Southern Illinois, she had a double-double with 16 kills and 12 digs and also added three assists, one ace, and three blocks while hitting .485.
Freshman of the Week - Ashlyn Driskill helped the Shockers to two Missouri Valley Conference wins over the weekend. She averaged 4.17 kills, 0.17 aces, 1.17 digs, 0.17 blocks and 4.50 points per set while hitting .293 on the left side. In the sweep of Evansville, she had a career-high 15 kills along with one ace and five digs and hit .286. In the sweep of Southern Illinois, she had 10 kills, two digs and a block while hitting .304. She had just eight hitting errors in 58 swings on the weekend.
Feekin Keeps Rolling
Chelsey Feekin continued her impressive streak at the net this weekend. She has had at least five kills in each match this year and has hit .350 or better in 11 of 13 matches this season. In two wins over Evansville and Southern Illinois, Feekin averaged 2.33 kills, 11.17 assists, 0.17 aces, 2.50 digs and 1.17 blocks per set while hitting .684. She also led the team to a .336 hitting percentage in the two matches. In the sweep of the Aces, she had six kills, 33 assists, nine digs and three blocks while hitting .625. In the sweep of the Salukis, she had eight kills, 34 assists, one ace, six digs and four blocks while hitting .727.
Keeping the Errors Low
The Shockers hit a season-best .374 against Southern Illinois on Saturday. WSU had 48 kills on 107 swings with just eight hitting errors. It was the lowest number of hitting errors for the Shockers since Nov. 19, 2011 when WSU had just six against Indiana State.
Seniors Emily Adney and Jackie Church lead the Shockers in service aces with 15 each. Adney has had an ace in nine of 13 matches this season, while Church has had one in 11 of 13 matches. As a team, the Shockers have 70 aces this season and have had at least three in every match. WSU had a season-high eight aces against Colorado State on Aug. 30.
Adney Reaches 1,000
Senior outside hitter Emily Adney had 25 kills over the weekend to become the 11th player in Shocker history with 1,000 career kills. She now has 1,020 for her career and needs 32 more to move into 10th-place on the all-time Shocker kills list.
Shocks Ranked in Attendance
In the third attendance report released by the NCAA, Wichita State is ranked 11th. The Shockers are averaging 2,506 fans per match. National leader Hawaii averages 6,912 fans per match.
Shocks in the Top 100
The NCAA released its third statistical report of the season on Sept. 24. Chelsey Feekin is third in the nation in hitting percentage. The Shockers are ranked 38th in the nation in hitting percentage, 87th in assists per set, 93rd in aces per set and 72nd in kills per set.