Shocks Travel to ILS and INS This Weekend
The Wichita State volleyball team travels to Normal, Ill., and Terre Haute, Ind., this weekend for the final two matches of the regular-season. The Shockers (21-5, 12-4) play Illinois State (12-15, 7-9) at 7:05 p.m. on Friday and play Indiana State (7-23, 3-13) at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Both matches will be broadcast on KEYN 103.7 FM with Mike Kennedy calling the action.
Scouting Illinois State
The Redbirds are 12-15 overall and 7-9 in the Missouri Valley Conference and are coming off of a a four-set win over Indiana State on Thursday night. Wins this season have come against Gardner-Webb, Texas Arlington, Loyola, Wake Forest, SIU Edwardsville, Creighton, Southern Illinois, Bradley twice, Indiana State twice, and Evansville. Losses have come against Oral Roberts, Dayton, Western Michigan, No. 16 Saint Louis, No. 14 Illinois, Cincinnati, Missouri State, No. 20 Wichita State, Drake twice, Evansville, UNI twice, Creighton and Southern Illinois. ILS is led by Mallory Leggett’s 3.57 kills per set, while Jessica Pratapas averages 8.44 assists per set and Kasey Mollerus averages 4.11 digs per set. The Redbirds are hitting .175 as a team while opponents are hitting .180 against them. ILS is led by second-year head coach Melissa Myers.
Series History vs. the Redbirds
Illinois State leads the overall series with the Shockers 30-20. ILS also leads the series in Normal, Ill. 16-8. WSU head coach Chris Lamb is 15-6 overall against the Redbirds and 7-2 in Normal. The Shockers have won 15 of the last 17 meetings overall.
Last Meeting vs. ILS
The last meeting between the two teams was Sept. 19, 2009 in Wichita. The Shockers won by scores of 25-19, 25-18 and 25-9. Emily Stockman led WSU with 16 kills while Mary Elizabeth Hooper had 32 assists and Melissa Granville had 10 digs.
Scouting Indiana State
The Sycamores are 7-23 overall and 3-13 in the Missouri Valley Conference and are coming off of a four-set loss against Illinois State on Thursday night. Wins this season have come against SIU Edwardsville, Eastern Illinois, Chicago State, Loyola, Drake, and Bradley twice. Losses have come against North Dakota, Akron, UMKC, UMBC, Long Beach State, Montana, Ball State, Wichita State, Missouri State, Creighton twice, IUPUI, Evansville twice, Southern Illinois twice, UNI twice, Valparaiso, Illinois State twice, Drake and Butler. INS is led by Jodilynne Stoker’s 2.79 kills per set, while Whitney Fromm averages 8.07 assists per set and Kiya James averages 4.72 digs per set. The Sycamores are hitting .173 as a team while opponents are hitting .242 against them. INS is led by second-year head coach Traci Dahl.
Series History vs. the Sycamores
Wichita State leads the overall series with the Sycamores 32-12. WSU also leads the series in Terre Haute, Ind. 13-9. WSU head coach Chris Lamb is 15-4 overall against the Sycamores and 6-3 in Terre Haute. The Shockers have won 14 in a row against INS.
Last Meeting vs. INS
The last meeting between the two teams was Sept. 18, 2009 in Wichita. The Shockers won by scores of 25-21, 25-15 and 25-21. Emily Stockman led WSU with 15 kills and 12 digs while Mary Elizabeth Hooper had 33 assists.
Last Time Out
The Shockers defeated Bradley in three sets on Friday and lost to UNI in five sets on Saturday. Emily Stockman led WSU with 25 kills while Mary Elizabeth Hooper had 81 assists and Melissa Granville had 31 digs.
Shocks 25th in RPI
The NCAA released its sixth official RPI list of the season on Nov. 16. The Shockers are 25th. WSU was 20th last week. The Valley has three teams in the top-50 as UNI is 19th and Missouri State is 48th. WSU is 10-5 North Carolina (53), Oklahoma (42), Missouri State (48), Louisville (63), Rice (59), Creighton (89), Drake (93) and Southern Illinois (94). Losses in the top-100 include Pittsburgh (38), Missouri State (48), UNI (19) and Creighton (89).
Wichita State hit a season-best .506 in the Nov. 13 match against Bradley. It was the first time the Shockers hit over .500 in a match since they did it against Chicago State (.511) on Sept. 25, 2007.
Wichita State honored its five seniors on Saturday night. The senior class of Melissa Granville, Katie Niggemeyer, Emily Stockman, Stephanie Tokarz and Kim Wadsworth currently has an overall record of 103-20 and a 62-8 record in Missouri Valley Conference play and has led WSU to four-straight 20-win seasons. They have also won two Missouri Valley Conference regular-season titles and participated in two NCAA Tournaments.
Adney Has Career Weekend
Freshman Emily Adney had a career-night on Friday against Bradley. She tied her career-high with nine kills and also hit a career-best .750 in the match. She also collected the first solo block of her career. On Saturday against UNI, she tied her career-high with three digs.