Wichita State (13-5, 6-2) at Missouri State (11-9, 5-3) - 7 p.m.
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Date: Oct. 12
First Serve: 7 p.m. CST
Location: Springfield, Mo.
Arena: Hammons Student Center
Radio: 103.7 KEYN FM
Talent: Mike Kennedy
Series: MSU leads 42-21
Scouting Missouri State
The Bears are 11-9 overall and 5-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference and are coming off of a win against Central Arkansas on Monday. Wins this season have come against Oral Roberts, Arkansas-Little Rock, Austin Peay, Connecticut, New Orleans, Drake, Southern Illinois, Evansville, Bradley, Indiana State and Central Arkansas. Losses have come against Oklahoma, Tulsa, Western Michigan, No. 11 Dayton, No. 22 Kansas State, Northern Illinois, Creighton, UNI and Illinois State. MSU has five players averaging over 2.00 kills per set including Christine McCartney (2.96), Kaitlin Jaeger (2.58), Amber Doolittle (2.36), Andrea Beaty (2.33) and Olivia Brand (2.32). Carly Thomas averages 11.36 assists per set while Ashley Mason averages 4.51 digs per set. The Bears are hitting .214 as a team while holding opponents to a .197 clip. MSU is led by 17th-year head coach Melissa Stokes.
Last Meeting vs. MSU
The last meeting between the two teams was Nov. 25, 2012, in Cedar Falls, Iowa in the MVC Tournament. The Shockers swept the match by scores of 25-16, 25-23 and 25-13. Emily Adney led the Shockers with 16 kills, while Mary Elizabeth Hooper had 34 assists and 15 digs and Camri Zwiesler had 15 digs.
Series History vs. the Bears
Missouri State leads the overall series with the Shockers 42-21. The Bears also lead the series in Springfield 21-9. WSU head coach Chris Lamb is 15-15 overall against the Bears and 6-6 in Springfield. The Shockers are 15-7 against the Bears since 2004.
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 Oct. 1-7.
Church, a senior libero from Fairway, Kan., helped the Shockers to a 3-0 week with wins over Oklahoma, Illinois State and Indiana State. She averaged 5.55 digs, 1.09 assists and 0.18 aces per set.
At OU on Wednesday, she had a match-high 25 digs and also added six assists, which tied her career-high. Against ILS, she had a match-high 21 digs along with three assists and against INS she had a match-high 15 digs along with three assists and two service aces.
It is the second MVC Defensive Player-of-the-Week honor of her career.
Player of the Week - Chelsey Feekin led the Shockers to a 3-0 record last week including wins at Oklahoma and against Illinois State and Indiana State. She averaged 2.18 kills, 10.27 assists, 0.27 aces, 2.73 digs and 0.64 blocks per set, while hitting .561. She also led the team to a .262 attack percentage on the week. At OU on Wednesday, she had eight kills, 42 assists, two aces, nine digs and five blocks and hit .571. She also led the team to a .247 hitting percentage. Against ILS, she had seven kills, 43 assists, and 13 digs and hit .400 and against INS she had nine kills, 28 assists, one ace, eight digs, two blocks and hit .750 while leading the team to a .340 hitting percentage.
Freshman of the Week - Ashlyn Driskill helped the Shockers to a 3-0 record last week. She averaged 2.55 kills, 0.18 aces, 0.73 digs, 0.45 blocks and 2.95 points per set in wins over Oklahoma, Illinois State and Indiana State. At OU on Wednesday, she had nine kills, two aces, three digs and three blocks. Against ILS, she had 11 kills, one dig and two blocks and against INS she had eight kills and four digs.
Shocks in the Top 100; Feekin First in Hitting %
The NCAA released its fifth statistical report of the season on Oct. 8. Chelsey Feekin is first in the nation in hitting percentage. The Shockers are ranked 42nd in the nation in hitting percentage, 93rd in assists per set, 81st in aces per set and 73rd in kills per set.
Shocks in the RPI
The NCAA released its second RPI report of the season on Oct. 8. The Shockers are 39th. WSU is 4-4 against the top 75 with wins over Oklahoma (17), Auburn (45), Colorado State (36) and Southern Illinois (74) and losses to BYU (11), Creighton (29), Tennessee (21) and UNI (52).
Shocks Ranked in Attendance
In the fifth attendance report released by the NCAA, Wichita State is ranked 11th. The Shockers are averaging 2,480 fans per match. National leader Hawaii averages 6,748 fans per match.
Streak vs. OU
With the win at Oklahoma on Wednesday, the Shockers have now won seven of the last eight meetings overall. WSU is 3-1 in Norman during that stretch. Head Coach Chris Lamb is 7-1 overall against the Sooners.
No Blocks Allowed
Indiana State recorded just 1.5 blocks in the match against the Shockers on Saturday. The last time Wichita State was blocked less than that in a match was Sept. 17, 2010, when Bradley had just one block against the Shockers.
Adney Getting Started
Senior outside hitter Emily Adney has stepped up her game in the last six matches. She is averaging 4.00 kills, 0.32 aces, 2.41 digs and 0.55 blocks per set, while hitting .250 in the last six matches. She has totaled double-digit kills in all six matches and had double-digit digs in three of them. She has also collected a service ace in five of the six matches.
Feekin With the Triple-Double
Chelsey Feekin recorded her first career triple-double on Sept. 28 at Bradley. It was the first triple-double by a Shocker since 1999. Feekin had 10 kills, 37 assists and 13 digs against the Braves. Caitlin Fiandt had 10 kills, 55 assists and 18 digs against San Francisco on Sept. 4, 1999. Feekin’s triple-double was just the eighth all-time at Wichita State and just the third kills/assists/digs triple-double in school history.
Service Aces for Everyone
On Sept. 30 at Bradley, the Shockers had a season-high nine service aces. It was the most service aces in a match since WSU had 10 against Indiana State on Sept. 16, 2011. Six different Shockers had a service ace in the Bradley match, which was the first time that has happened since the Indiana State match in 2011.
Feekin Keeps Rolling
Chelsey Feekin continued her impressive streak at the net this week. She has had at least four kills in each match this year and has hit .350 or better in 15 of 18 matches this season.
Seniors Emily Adney and Jackie Church lead the Shockers in service aces as Church has 20 and Adney has 21. Adney has had an ace in 13 of 18 matches this season, while Church has had one in 13 of 18 matches. As a team, the Shockers have 96 aces this season and have had at least three in 16 of 18 matches. WSU had a season-high nine aces at Bradley on Sept. 28.
Adney Reaches 1,000
Senior outside hitter Emily Adney had 25 kills the weekend of Sept. 21-22 to become the 11th player in Shocker history with 1,000 career kills. She now has 1,092 for her career and needs two more to move into ninth-place on the all-time Shocker kills list.