Fri., Dec. 7, 2012
Wichita State (24-9) vs. No. 4 USC (29-5) - 5 p.m. (ESPN3)
No. 15 Florida (27-4) vs. No. 3 Texas (25-4) - 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Sat., Dec. 8, 2012Winners of Each Match - 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
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Date: Dec. 7, 2012
First Serve: 5 p.m. CST
Location: Austin, Texas
Arena: Gregory Gym
Radio: 98.7 FM/1240 KFH AM
Talent: Shane Dennis
Series: First Meeting
Shocker Quick Hits
• The Shockers are making their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance and sixth-straight (2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).
• It is the Shockers sixth-straight at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament.
• This is the first Sweet Sixteen appearance for the Shockers in school history.
• WSU holds a 6-6 record in the NCAA Tournament. The Shocks are 5-2 in the first round and 1-4 in the second round.
• WSU is 5-8 this season against the 2012 NCAA Tournament field. Wins have come against Colorado State, Oklahoma, UNI, Arkansas and Kansas with losses to Creighton (3), New Mexico State, BYU, UNI (2) and Tennessee.
• The Shockers have never faced a Pac-12 team in the NCAA Tournament and are 1-0 against the SEC and 1-6 against the Big 12 (including Nebraska).
• WSU has won 20 or more matches for 10-straight years.
• The Shockers have lost the first set in 16 of 33 matches this season. Of those 16, WSU has come back to win 10 of the matches.
• Junior middle blocker Ashley Andrade is the Collegiate Volleyball Update National Player of the Week.
• Senior Emily Adney and junior Chelsey Feekin both earned first team all-Central Region honors.
• WSU came back from a 0-2 deficit to beat Arkansas on Nov. 30. It was the first time the Shockers came back to win a match after losing the first two sets since Sept. 14, 2011 against Oklahoma.
• Ashley Andrade broke the school record for kills in a NCAA Tournament match with 23 against Arkansas and tied the record for block assists in a match with nine against Kansas.
• Chelsey Feekin broke the school record for assists in a NCAA Tournament match with 54 against Arkansas.
• Elizabeth Field broke the school record for hitting percentage in a NCAA Tournament match with a .619 hitting percentage against Kansas.
• Seniors Jackie Church and Emily Adney tied the school record for career matches played in the NCAA Tournament. Each have played in six matches.
• Four Shockers earned all-Valley honors including senior Emily Adney and junior Chelsey Feekin on the first team, junior Elizabeth Field on the second team and freshman Ashlyn Driskill on the All-Freshman Team.
• Senior Emily Adney is seventh in the Shocker career record books in kills, fifth in attack attempts and eighth in points. Senior Jackie Church is seventh in digs.
• Jackie Church has 573 digs this season which ranks third-best all-time for digs in a season.
• WSU is ranked seventh in the nation in attendance (2,899 average) and had a season-high crowd of 5,812 Oct. 26 against UNI at Charles Koch Arena.
• The Shockers are ranked 44th nationally in hitting percentage (.245) and Chelsey Feekin is tied for third in the nation in hitting percentage (.438).
• Chelsey Feekin leads the Shockers with 18 double-doubles and three triple-doubles, while Emily Adney has 11.
• WSU has 11 road wins and five wins on a neutral court this season.
• The Shockers have five players on their roster from the state of Texas. Junior Sam Sanders is from Rhome, sophomore Hannah Eakin is from Wichita Falls, freshman Katie Reilly is from Cypress, freshman MaryAshton Floyd is from Fort Worth and freshman Jaclyn Roddy is from College Station.
Shockers to Play No. 6 Overall Seed USC
Wichita State will face No. 6 overall seed USC (29-5) in the Regional Semifinals of the NCAA Tournament at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. No. 14 seed Florida (27-4) will face No. 3 seed Texas (25-4) at 7 p.m. Dec. 7, or 30 minutes following the conclusion of the 5 p.m. match. Winners of the two semifinal matches will meet at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 in the Regional Finals.
Series History vs. the Austin Field
The Shockers are 0-2 against the Austin field in school history. WSU’s overall record against the Austin field is listed below:
USC - 0-0
Texas - 0-2
Florida - 0-0
Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament
The Shockers are making their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance and will play in the tournament for the sixth season in a row. The Shockers lost in the first round of the 2011 tournament to Kansas State, 3-0. In 2010, the Shockers lost at Oklahoma, 3-0. In 2009, Wichita State beat Saint Louis, 3-1, in the first round, but lost to Iowa State, 3-0, in the second round. In 2008, the Shockers advanced to the second round, where they lost to Texas, 3-0. Nebraska defeated Wichita State, 3-0, in the second rounds of both the 2004 and 2007 tournaments.
The Trojans are 29-5 overall and the No. 6 overall seed. USC finished 15-5 in the Pac-12 and earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. It is their 29th NCAA Tournament appearance. The Trojans are led by Samantha Bricio’s 4.10 kills per set, while Hayley Crone averages 10.97 assists per set and Natalie Hagglund averages 5.03 digs per set. USC is hitting .264 as a team while holding opponents to a .178 clip. The Trojans are led by 12th-year head coach Mick Haley.
The Longhorns are 25-4 overall and the No. 3 overall seed. UT finished 15-1 in the Big 12 and earned the league’s automatic bid. It is their 26th NCAA Tournament appearance. The Longhorns are led by Haley Eckerman’s 4.51 kills per set, while Hannah Allison averages 10.11 assists per set and Sarah Palmer averages 3.42 digs per set. UT is hitting .320 as a team while holding opponents to a .172 clip. The Longhorns are led by 12th-year head coach Jerritt Elliott.
Last Meeting vs. UT
The last meeting between the two teams was Dec. 6, 2008, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Austin, Texas. The Longhorns swept the match by scores of 25-14, 25-18 and 25-20. Lindsey Eckenrode led the Shockers with nine kills, while Mary Elizabeth Hooper had 26 assists and Kelly Broussard had 12 digs.
The Gators are 27-4 overall and the No. 14 overall seed. UF finished 19-1 in the Southeastern Conference and earned the league’s automatic bid. It is their 23rd NCAA Tournament appearance. The Gators are led by Ziva Recek’s 4.01 kills per set, while Taylor Brauneis averages 11.61 assists per set and Taylor Unroe averages 4.42 digs per set. UF is hitting .302 as a team while holding opponents to a .161 clip. The Gators are led by 22nd-year head coach Mary Wise.
Andrade Named CVU.com National Player of the Week
Wichita State volleyball student-athlete Ashley Andrade has been named the National Player of the Week by Collegiate Volleyball Update.
Andrade, a junior middle blocker from Glendale, Ariz., led the Shockers to NCAA Tournament wins over Arkansas and No. 20 Kansas to advance to the first Sweet Sixteen in school history. She averaged 4.56 kills, 0.22 aces, 0.67 digs, 1.56 blocks and 5.56 points per set, while hitting .507 in the two matches.
In the five-set comeback against Arkansas in the first round, she had a match-high and career-high 23 kills on 39 swings with just one error for a .564 hitting percentage. She also added two assists, three digs and five blocks. She collected three kills in the first set, six in the second, five in the third, six in the fourth and three in the fifth.
In the four-set win against No. 20 Kansas, she had a match-high 18 kills on 32 swings and a .438 hitting percentage. She also had two assists, two service aces, three digs and a career-high nine block assists. She had seven kills in the first set, five in the second, three in the third and three in the fourth.
She set school NCAA Tournament records for kills in a match with 23 against Arkansas, for block assists in a match with nine against Kansas and for points in a match with 25.5 against Arkansas.
Her 23 kills against Arkansas were also the most by a Shocker middle blocker since Elizabeth Meyers had 23 against Bradley on Nov. 14, 2003.
Shocks in the Top 100; Feekin Third in Hitting Percentage
The NCAA released its 13th statistical report of the season on Dec. 3. Chelsey Feekin is tied for third in the nation in hitting percentage. The Shockers are ranked 44th in the nation in hitting percentage, 70th in assists per set, and 57th in kills per set.
Shocks in the RPI
The NCAA released its ninth RPI report of the season on Nov. 25. The Shockers are 40th. WSU is 12-9 against the top 100 with wins over Oklahoma (27), Auburn (62), Colorado State (34), UNI (44), Southern Illinois twice (93), Missouri State three times (95), Illinois State (80), Arkansas (30) and Kansas (7) and losses to BYU (11), Creighton three times (26), Tennessee (21), UNI twice (44), New Mexico State (91) and Illinois State (80).
Shocks Ranked in Attendance
In the 13th attendance report released by the NCAA, Wichita State is ranked seventh. The Shockers are averaging 2,899 fans per match. National leader Hawaii averages 6,675 fans per match.
Feekin and Field Named to Valley All-Tournament Team
Two Shockers earned all-tournament team honors at the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. Chelsey Feekin averaged 2.00 kills, 10.10 assists, 0.30 aces, 3.00 digs and 0.60 blocks while hitting .424 in the tournament and Elizabeth Field averaged 2.70 kills and 1.10 blocks and hit .352.
Four Earn All-Valley Honors
Four Wichita State volleyball players earned all-Valley honors. Emily Adney and Chelsey Feekin were both named to the first team, while Elizabeth Field earned second team honors and Ashlyn Driskill was named to the All-Freshman Team.
Four Named Scholar-Athletes
Four Shockers were named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete team. Elizabeth Field was named to the first team, while Emily Adney, Jackie Church and Chelsey Feekin were named honorable mention.
Feekin Sets Record
Junior setter Chelsey Feekin set a school record on Nov. 16 against Creighton for the most digs by a setter in a match in school history. She totaled a career-high 30 digs in the five-set match. She broke the record of 27 digs, which was held by Yu-Chyi Yang who did it against Bradley in 1990 and Eastern Illinois in 1989.
Three With 20 or More Digs
On Nov. 16 against Creighton, three Shockers posted 20 or more digs in the match. Chelsey Feekin had 30, Kelsey Banwart had 24 and Jackie Church had 22. The last time that three Shockers had 20 or more digs in a match was Nov. 23, 2007 against Illinois State in the MVC Tournament. Kelly Broussard had 34, Emily Stockman had 30 and Abby Harsh had 22.
Another 20-Win Season
Wichita State won its 20th match of the season on Nov. 17 against Drake. It is the 10th-straight season of 20 or more wins for the Shockers.
Wichita State has finished in the top three of the Valley standings every year since 2003 for a streak of 10-straight years.
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.
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 104-58 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 25 of 33 matches this season.
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 1,237 for her career and needs 33 more to move into sixth-place on the all-time Shocker kills list.