Wichita State (7-4, 1-1) vs. Evansville (5-9, 1-1) - 7 p.m.Sat., Sept. 22, 2012
Wichita State (7-4, 1-1) vs. Southern Illinois (11-1, 2-0) - 7 p.m.
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Date: Sept. 21-22, 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 leads UE 28-9: WSU leads SIU 33-18
The Purple Aces are 5-9 overall and 1-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Wins this season have come against Utah Valley, Alabama A&M, Murray State, Indiana State and SIUE. Losses have come against Arizona, Cal State Northridge, Morehead State, Northern Kentucky, Saint Louis, South Florida, SEMO, Belmont and Illinois State. UE is led by Ashley Ring who is averaging 3.86 kills and 2.94 digs per set. Jenn Murphy averages 8.94 assists and Katie Klages averages 5.12 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 Nov. 12, 2011, in Wichita. The Shockers won 3-0 by scores of 25-20, 25-18 and 25-21. Emily Adney had 23 kills, while Mary Elizabeth Hooper had 46 assists and Sarah Waldorf had 19 digs.
Series History vs. the Purple Aces
Wichita State leads the overall series with the Purple Aces 28-9. The Shockers also lead the series in Wichita 16-2. WSU head coach Chris Lamb is 20-4 overall against the Purple Aces and 11-1 in Wichita. The Shockers have won 20 of the last 21 meetings overall.
Scouting Southern Illinois
The Salukis are 11-1 overall and 2-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Wins have come against Memphis, Austin Peay, South Alabama, Saint Louis, Valparaiso, Nicholls State, UALR, UT Martin, SEMO, Indiana State and Illinois State. Their lone loss was to Eastern Michigan. SIU is led by Alysia Mayes who is averaging 3.85 kills and 1.44 blocks per set while hitting .461. Amy Drabant averages 11.63 assists and Bailey Yeager averages 5.56 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 Nov. 11, 2011, in Wichita. The Shockers won 3-0 by scores of 25-15, 25-19 and 25-23. Emily Adney had 12 kills, while Mary Elizabeth Hooper had 33 assists and Sarah Waldorf had 12 digs.
Series History vs. the Salukis
Wichita State leads the overall series with the Salukis 33-18. WSU leads the series in Wichita 18-7. WSU head coach Chris Lamb is 22-3 overall against the Salukis and 11-1 in Wichita. The Shockers have won the last 20 meetings overall.
Player of the Week - Chelsey Feekin led the Shockers to a 1-1 record over the weekend. She averaged 2.29 kills, 10.43 assists, 2.14 digs, 0.86 blocks and 2.86 points per set while hitting .464. In Friday night’s win at Drake, she had five kills, 39 assists, seven digs and one block while hitting .444. In Saturday night’s loss at Creighton, she had 11 kills, 34 assists, eight digs and five blocks while hitting .474.
Defensive Player-of-the-Week - Jackie Church helped the Shockers to a 1-1 record over the weekend. She averaged 6.14 digs, 1.00 assist and 0.29 aces per set. In Friday night’s win at Drake, she had a match-high 18 digs along with two assists and a service ace. In Saturday night’s loss at Creighton, she had a match-high 25 digs along with five assists and a service ace. She also had just one reception error in 31 total chances over the weekend.
Nine-Straight Conference Opening Wins
With the win at Drake on Friday night, Wichita State is now 15-15 overall in conference openers and 9-4 under head coach Chris Lamb. WSU has also won nine-straight conference openers. The last time the Shockers lost a conference opener was in 2003 in five sets against Missouri State.
Adney Closing In on 1,000
Senior outside hitter Emily Adney had 29 kills over the weekend and moved into 11th place in the Shocker record books in career kills. Adney has 995 during her career and needs just five more to become the 11th player in Shocker history with 1,000 career kills.
24-Straight vs. Drake
With the win at Drake on Friday night, the Shockers have now won 24-straight against the Bulldogs. It is the longest current streak against a Valley opponent. The last time the Bulldogs beat the Shockers was in 2000 in Des Moines, Iowa. Of the 24 wins, 21 of them have been sweeps.
Shocks Ranked in Attendance
In the second attendance report released by the NCAA, Wichita State is ranked 10th. The Shockers are averaging 2,592 fans per match. National leader Hawaii averages 6,912 fans per match.
Shocks in the Top 100
The NCAA released its second statistical report of the season on Sept. 17. The Shockers are ranked 57th in the nation in hitting percentage, 85th in aces per set and 96th in kills per set. Individually, Chelsey Feekin is 10th nationally in hitting percentage.
Let’s Play Five
Wichita State played three-straight five-set matches from Aug. 31-Sept. 6. It was only the second time in school history that the Shockers played three-straight five-set matches. The Shockers lost to BYU on Aug. 31, lost to No. 14 Tennessee on Sept. 2 and defeated SMU on Sept. 6. The last time the Shockers played three-straight five-set matches was in 1998. WSU lost to Evansville on Nov. 6, lost to Southern Illinois on Nov. 7 and lost to Illinois State on Nov. 13.
With a 3-0 showing at the SMU Doubletree Classic, the Shockers took home the tournament championship. It was the first tournament championship WSU has won since going 3-0 at the BYU Invitational Sept. 10-11, 2010.
Three Shockers Named to All-Tournament Team at SMU
Junior outside hitter Sam Sanders earned MVP honors at the SMU Doubletree Classic. Junior setter Chelsey Feekin and senior libero Jackie Church were also named to the all-tournament team. Sanders averaged 3.17 kills per set and hit .429 in the tournament, while Feekin averaged and Church averaged 4.08 digs and 0.33 service aces per set.