Wichita State (19-7, 12-4) vs. No. 23 Creighton (24-3, 15-1) - 7 p.m.Sat., Nov. 17, 2012Wichita State (19-7, 12-4) vs. Drake (5-22, 4-12) - 7 p.m.
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Date: Nov. 16-17, 2012
First Serve: 7, 7 p.m. CST
Location: Wichita, Kan.
Arena: Charles Koch Arena
Radio: 103.7 KEYN FM
Talent: Mike Kennedy
Series: WSU and CU Tied 21-21; WSU leads DU 40-17
The Bluejays are 24-3 overall and 15-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference and are coming off of wins over Indiana State and Illinois State over the weekend. Wins have come against Central Florida, South Florida, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Denver, Ball State, Tulsa, Northern Colorado, Missouri State, Wichita State, Drake twice, South Dakota, Evansville twice, UNI twice, Bradley twice, Illinois State twice, Indiana State twice, and Southern Illinois. Losses have come against No. 21 Kansas State, Kansas and Southern Illinois. CU is led by Kelli Browning who averages 2.90 kills and 1.63 blocks per set. Megan Bober averages 1.87 kills, 9.71 assists, 3.10 digs and 0.97 blocks per set. Kate Elman averages 5.02 digs per set. The Bluejays are hitting .254 as a team while holding opponents to a .139 clip. The Bluejays are led by 10th-year head coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth.
Last Meeting vs. CU
The last meeting between the two teams was Sept. 15, 2012 in Omaha, Neb. The Bluejays won 3-1 by scores of 25-19, 21-25, 25-18 and 25-23. Emily Adney led the Shockers with 14 kills, while Chelsey Feekin had 34 assists and Jackie Church had 25 digs.
Series History vs. the Bluejays
The overall series with CU is tied 21-21. WSU leads the overall series in Wichita 13-6. WSU head coach Chris Lamb is 15-12 overall against the Bluejays and 9-3 in Wichita. The Shockers are 15-8 against the Bluejays since 2002.
The Bulldogs are 5-22 overall and 4-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference and are coming off of a loss to Illinois State and a win over Indiana State over the weekend. Wins this season have come against Nebraska-Omaha, Bradley, Indiana State twice and Evansville. Losses have come against Green Bay, Auburn, Central Michigan, Northwestern, New Mexico State, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Milwaukee, North Dakota State twice, Wichita State, Missouri State, Creighton twice, Evansville, Southern Illinois twice, UNI twice, Illinois State twice, and Bradley. DU is led by Bentley Mancini who is averaging 2.65 kills per set. Halli Meyer and Rebecca Brown split the setting duties, while Sarah Madden averages 5.93 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 Sept. 14, 2012, in Des Moines, Iowa. The Shockers won 3-0 by scores of 25-20, 25-16 and 25-17. Emily Adney led WSU with 15 kills, while Chelsey Feekin had 39 assists and Jackie Church had 18 digs.
Series History vs. the Bulldogs
Wichita State leads the overall series with DU 40-17. WSU also leads the overall series in Wichita 20-6. WSU head coach Chris Lamb is 24-1 overall against the Bulldogs and 12-0 in Wichita. The Shockers have won 24-straight against the Bulldogs.
Player of the Week - Elizabeth Field led the Shockers to a four-set win over Missouri State on Friday. She averaged 4.75 kills, 0.75 assists, 0.75 digs, 0.75 blocks and 5.25 points per set and hit .571 in the match. She totaled 19 kills on 28 swings with just three errors. She also added three assists, three digs and three blocks. The 19 kills tied her career-high.
Defensive Player of the Week - Ashley Andrade helped the Shockers to a four-set win over Missouri State on Friday. She averaged 1.50 blocks per set along with 0.75 digs and 2.00 kills per set. She totaled a team-high six blocks along with eight kills, one ace and three digs in the match.
Freshman of the Week - Katie Reilly helped the Shockers to a four-set win over Missouri State on Friday. She averaged 2.75 kills, 1.50 digs, 0.75 blocks and 3.38 points per set while hitting .458 on the left side. She totaled 11 kills on 24 swings with no errors in the match. She also added six digs and three blocks. The 11 kills was a new career-high along with the two solo blocks.
Shocks in the Top 100; Feekin Second in Hitting Percentage
The NCAA released its 10th statistical report of the season on Nov. 12. Chelsey Feekin is second in the nation in hitting percentage. The Shockers are ranked 48th in the nation in hitting percentage, 84th in assists per set, and 65th in kills per set.
Shocks in the RPI
The NCAA released its seventh RPI report of the season on Nov. 12. The Shockers are 42nd. WSU is 8-6 against the top 100 with wins over Oklahoma (27), Auburn (49), Colorado State (35), Southern Illinois twice (78), Missouri State twice (89) and Illinois State (98) and losses to BYU (12), Creighton (31), Tennessee (16), UNI twice (44) and Illinois State (98).
Shocks Ranked in Attendance
In the 10th attendance report released by the NCAA, Wichita State is ranked seventh. The Shockers are averaging 2,909 fans per match. National leader Hawaii averages 6,652 fans per match.
Looking for 20
Wichita State won its 19th match of the season on Friday against Missouri State. The Shockers need just one more win to reach another 20-win season. WSU is looking for its 10th-straight 20-win season.
The Shockers have clinched the No. 3 seed in next week’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. Wichita State has finished in the top three of the Valley standings every year since 2003 for a streak of 10-straight years.
Field and Reilly Get Career-Highs
Two Shockers posted career-high numbers on Friday against Missouri State. Junior middle blocker Elizabeth Field tied her career-high with 19 kills, while freshman outside hitter Katie Reilly posted a career-high 11 kills.
Feekin Records Her Third Triple-Double
Junior setter Chelsey Feekin recorded her third career triple-double on Nov. 3 at Illinois State. She is now the all-time leader in triple doubles at Wichita State. Terri Brown is second with two triple-doubles, while Kari James, Janelle Watton, Kristin Carr, Julia Schnurstein and Caitlin Fiandt each have one.
Wichita State had a season-high crowd of 5,812 against UNI on Oct. 26. It ranks as the fourth-best crowd in Shocker history and the largest since 2008. The school record is 6,122 set against Missouri State on Nov. 2, 2007.
Bradley did not record one block against the Shockers in the Oct. 27 match. It is the first time the Shockers have not been blocked in a match since 2009. Illinois State did not record a block against the Shockers on Sept. 19, 2009.
Adney Has Eighth-Career 20-Kill Match
Senior outside hitter Emily Adney had her eighth career 20-kill match on Oct. 19 at Southern Illinois. She totaled 21 kills on 35 swings in the four-set win with just three errors for a .514 hitting percentage, which was a career-high for her in her 20-kill matches. It was her second 20-kill match of the season as she had 22 against Illinois State on Oct. 5.
Lamb Reaches 100 Wins on the Road
Head coach Chris Lamb recorded his 100th-career road victory on Oct. 19 at Southern Illinois. Lamb is now 102-58 in career road matches and 80-37 in Valley road matches.
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 20 of 25 matches this season.
Seniors Emily Adney and Jackie Church lead the Shockers in service aces as Church has 22 and Adney has 30. Adney has had an ace in 19 of 25 matches this season, while Church has had one in 15 of 25 matches. As a team, the Shockers have 131 aces this season and have had at least three in 24 of 26 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 1,178 for her career and needs 21 more to move into seventh-place on the all-time Shocker kills list.