Wichita State (14-5, 7-2) at Southern Illinois (16-4, 6-3) - 7 p.m.Sat., Oct. 20, 2012Wichita State (14-5, 7-2) at Evansville (7-15, 2-7) - 5 p.m.
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Date: Oct. 12
First Serve: 7, 5 p.m. CST
Location: Carbondale, Ill. & Evansville, Ind.
Arena: Davies Gym & Carson Center
Radio: 103.7 KEYN FM
Talent: Mike Kennedy
Series: WSU leads SIU 34-18; WSU leads UE 29-9
Scouting Southern Illinois
The Salukis are 16-4 overall and 6-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference and are coming off of a win at Bradley and a loss at UNI over the weekend. Wins have come against Memphis, Austin Peay, South Alabama, Saint Louis, Valparaiso, Nicholls State, UALR, UT Martin, SEMO, Indiana State, Illinois State, Creighton, Drake, Murray State, Evansville and Bradley. Losses have come against Eastern Michigan, Missouri State, Wichita State, and UNI. SIU is led by Alysia Mayes who is averaging 3.85 kills and 1.44 blocks per set while hitting .412. Amy Drabant averages 11.58 assists and Bailey Yeager averages 5.36 digs per set. The Salukis are led by first-year head coach Justin Ingram.
Last Meeting vs. SIU
The last meeting between the two teams was Sept. 22, 2012 in Wichita. The Shockers swept the match by scores of 25-20, 25-15 and 25-22. Emily Adney led the Shockers with 16 kills and 12 digs, while Chelsey Feekin had 34 assists and Jackie Church had 15 digs.
Series History vs. the Salukis
Wichita State leads the overall series with the Salukis 34-18. WSU also leads the series in Carbondale, 13-11. WSU head coach Chris Lamb is 23-3 overall against the Salukis and 10-2 in Carbondale. The Shockers have won the last 21 meetings overall.
The Purple Aces are 7-15 overall and 2-7 in the Missouri Valley Conference and are coming off of losses at UNI and Bradley over the weekend. Wins this season have come against Utah Valley, Alabama A&M, Murray State, Indiana State, SIUE, Drake and UTM. Losses have come against Arizona, Cal State Northridge, Morehead State, Northern Kentucky, Saint Louis, South Florida, SEMO, Belmont, Illinois State, Wichita State, Missouri State, Creighton, Southern Illinois, UNI and Bradley. UE is led by Ashley Ring who is averaging 3.60 kills and 2.81 digs per set. Jenn Murphy averages 7.65 assists and Katie Klages averages 5.21 digs per set. The Aces are led by 10th-year head coach Mike Swan.
Last Meeting vs. UE
The last meeting between the two teams was Sept. 21, 2012 in Wichita. The Shockers swept the match by scores of 25-16, 25-16 and 25-17. Ashlyn Driskill led the Shockers with 15 kills, while Chelsey Feekin had 33 assists and Kelsey Banwart had 13 digs.
Series History vs. the Purple Aces
Wichita State leads the overall series with the Purple Aces 29-9. The Shockers also lead the series in Evansville 11-7. WSU head coach Chris Lamb is 21-4 overall against the Purple Aces and 9-3 in Evansville. The Shockers have won 21 of the last 22 meetings overall.
Player of the Week - Chelsey Feekin led the Shockers to a road win at Missouri State. She averaged 1.25 kills, 11.25 assists, 0.50 aces, 2.75 digs and 1.00 blocks per set. In the four-set win, she collected five kills, 45 assists, two service aces, 11 digs and four blocks, while hitting .273. It was her team-leading ninth double-double of the season and she also guided the Shockers to a .221 hitting percentage.
Defensive Player of the Week - Jackie Church helped the Shockers to a 3-1 road win at Missouri State. She averaged 4.00 digs, 0.25 assists and 0.25 service aces per set. In the four-set win, she collected a team-high 16 digs and also added one assist and one service ace.
Freshman of the Week - Ashlyn Driskill helped the Shockers to a 3-1 road win at Missouri State. She averaged 1.75 kills and 0.50 digs per set. In the four-set win, she had seven kills and two digs and hit .182.
Shocks in the Top 100; Feekin First in Hitting %
The NCAA released its sixth statistical report of the season on Oct. 15. Chelsey Feekin is first in the nation in hitting percentage, while Jackie Church is 100th in digs per set. The Shockers are ranked 44th in the nation in hitting percentage, 86th in assists per set, 74th in aces per set and 66th in kills per set.
Shocks in the RPI
The NCAA released its third RPI report of the season on Oct. 15. The Shockers are 36th. WSU is 4-4 against the top 76 with wins over Oklahoma (19), Auburn (49), Colorado State (40) and Southern Illinois (76) and losses to BYU (11), Creighton (29), Tennessee (18) and UNI (43). WSU is also 6-5 against the top 100 with wins over Missouri State (90) and Illinois State (95) and a loss to New Mexico State (96).
Shocks Ranked in Attendance
In the sixth attendance report released by the NCAA, Wichita State is ranked 11th. The Shockers are averaging 2,480 fans per match. National leader Hawaii averages 6,793 fans per match.
Winning in Springfield
Wichita State came into the season with just a 9-21 record against Missouri State in Springfield. The Shockers earned a four-set win on Friday to improve to 10-21. WSU started the series just 3-19 overall in Springfield, but has won seven of the last nine meetings against the Bears on their home floor.
Sanders Impressive Against Bears
Junior outside hitter Sam Sanders put up great numbers in the win at Missouri State. She had a match-high 15 kills and hit .278 along with three digs and two blocks. She had just five errors in 36 swings in the four-set match.
First Half of MVC Play
Wichita State finished the first half of Missouri Valley Conference play with a 7-2 record. The only two losses came on the road at co-leaders Northern Iowa and Creighton. The Shockers will have five home matches in the second half of Valley play including matches with UNI, Creighton, Drake, Bradley and Missouri State.
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 19 matches this season.
Seniors Emily Adney and Jackie Church lead the Shockers in service aces as Church has 21 and Adney has 23. Adney has had an ace in 14 of 19 matches this season, while Church has had one in 14 of 19 matches. As a team, the Shockers have 103 aces this season and have had at least three in 17 of 19 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 1,102 for her career and needs 17 more to move into eighth-place on the all-time Shocker kills list.