Sept. 6 - Wichita State (2-1) vs. Utah State (2-1) - 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 6 - Wichita State (2-1) at Portland (0-3) - 9:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 - Wichita State (2-1) vs. Fresno State (1-2) - 7 p.m.
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Date: Sept. 6-7, 2013
First Serve: 12:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 7 p.m. CST
Location: Portland, Ore.
Arena: Chiles Center
Radio: 103.7 KEYN FM (Internet only for Utah State match)
Talent: Mike Kennedy
Series: First Meeting vs. USU; Portland leads WSU 2-1; First Meeting vs. FSU
Shockers Travel to Oregon
Wichita State hits the road for the Portland NIKE Invitational in Portland, Ore. The Shockers will play Utah State and host Portland on Sept. 6 and take on Fresno State on Sept. 7.
On the Radio
Wichita State’s match against Utah State on Sept. 6 will be on the internet only on www.shockerradio.com, while the matches against Portland on Sept. 6 and Fresno State on Sept. 7 will be on the internet as well as 103.7 FM.
Series History vs. Tourney Field
The Shockers are 1-2 all-time against the 2013 tourney field:
Utah State - 0-0
Portland - 1-2
Fresno State - 0-0
Scouting Utah State
Utah State went 2-1 last weekend at Utah’s tournament. The Aggies lost to Utah in five sets and then defeated Northern Iowa in four sets and Fairfield in five sets. USU is led by Rachel Orr who averages 3.29 kills per set, while Paige Neves averages 8.91 assists per set and Ashlan Rogers-Court averages 4.57 digs per set. The Aggies are led by eighth-year head coach Grayson DuBose.
Portland went 0-3 last weekend at UNLV’s tournament. The Pilots lost in five sets to Kansas State and then lost in three sets to UNLV and three sets to Cal State Fullerton. UP is led by Autumn Wedan who is averaging 5.45 kills per set, while Monica Jordan averages 9.73 assists per set and Katie Mardesich averages 4.27 digs per set. The Pilots are led by sixth-year head coach Joe Houck.
Last Meeting vs. UP
The last meeting between the two teams was Sept. 4, 2010, in Wichita. The Pilots won 3-1 by scores of 17-25, 26-24, 25-23 and 25-22. Camri Zwiesler led the Shockers with 12 kills, while Mary Elizabeth Hooper had 31 assists and Sarah Waldorf had 23 digs.
Scouting Fresno State
Fresno State went 1-2 last weekend at the Fresno State Classic. The Bulldogs defeated Rice in five sets and then lost to Santa Clara in five sets and to Cal State Northridge in five sets. FSU is led by Korrin Wild who averages 3.53 kills per set, while Cori Ehmen averages 11.27 assists per set and Christina Lee averages 3.87 digs per set. The Bulldogs are led by sixth-year head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell.
Shocks Receive Votes in Sept. 2 AVCA Poll
The Wichita State volleyball team is receiving 20 points in the Sept. 2 AVCA Top-25 Poll.
The Shockers went 2-1 on opening weekend with wins over North Dakota State and Utah Valley and a loss to Arizona State, who is now receiving votes.
WSU was ranked 24th in the preseason poll.
Player of the Week - Elizabeth Field led the Shockers to a 2-1 opening weekend and earned all-tournament team honors at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational. She averaged 3.11 kills, 0.22 assists, 0.33 digs and 0.56 blocks per set, while hitting .540. She had a team-high nine kills on 14 swings with no errors and hit .643 against North Dakota State. She also added one dig and three blocks. Against Arizona State, she had a team-high six kills on 14 swings and hit .429 and against Utah Valley, she had a team-high 13 kills on 22 swings with just one error and hit .545. She also added an assist, two digs and two blocks against the Wolverines.
Defensive Player of the Week - Ashley Andrade helped the Shockers to a 2-1 opening weekend. She averaged 1.44 blocks and 2.33 kills per set and hit .277. She had eight blocks and six kills in the opener against North Dakota State and had five kills and one block against Arizona State. In the finale against Utah Valley, she totaled four blocks and 10 kills.
Freshman of the Week - Alyssa Carney made her Shocker debut in the third set as the libero against Arizona State on Saturday. She totaled six digs in that set and then was the starting libero against Utah Valley that night. Against the Wolverines, she had seven digs.
Field and Feekin Named to All-Tournament Team
Seniors Elizabeth Field and Chelsey Feekin were named to the all-tournament team at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational. Field averaged 3.11 kills and 0.56 blocks per set while hitting .540 in the three matches. Feekin averaged 1.44 kills, 9.89 assists, 0.11 aces, 1.67 digs and 0.56 blocks per set while hitting .407.
Reilly Posts Career-Highs
Sophomore outside hitter Katie Reilly set several career-highs over the weekend. She hit a career-best .471 against Utah Valley and had a career-high two assists against Arizona State and Utah Valley. She also had a career-high 11 digs and five block assists against North Dakota State.
Freshman Alyssa Carney started the Utah Valley match as the libero. She made her Shocker debut in the third set against Arizona State earlier in the day and had six digs. She totaled seven digs in three sets against UVU. She is the first true freshman to start a match at libero for the Shockers.
Wichita State is now 18-18-2 in season openers overall and 9-5 in season openers under head coach Chris Lamb.
Feekin Named Candidate for Senior CLASS Award
Wichita State volleyball student-athlete Chelsey Feekin has been named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award.
Feekin, a senior setter from Papillion, Neb., earned AVCA All-America honors last season and was also named first team all-Valley and all-Valley Scholar-Athlete. She averaged 9.90 assists, 1.94 kills, 0.18 aces, 2.70 digs and 0.60 blocks per set, while hitting .435.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Of the 30 candidates, 10 have grade point averages of 3.5 or higher and 19 are American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Americans.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in December.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
Shockers Ranked 24th in Preseason Poll
The Wichita State volleyball team is ranked 24th in the AVCA Preseason Poll, which was released Aug. 12. The Shockers received 172 points in the poll.
The Shockers open the season on the road Aug. 30, at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Invitational in Orem, Utah, against North Dakota State.
WSU returns five starters and 10 letterwinners to a team that went 24-10 in 2012 and advanced to the first Sweet 16 in school history.
The Shockers will play four teams that are ranked or receiving votes in the preseason poll including Hawaii (11th), Louisville (19th), Creighton (25th) and Northern Iowa (RV).
Shocks Picked First in Preseason MVC Poll
The Wichita State volleyball team is picked first in the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. The Shockers received eight first-place votes and 98 points in the poll.
The Shockers return 10 letterwinners and five starters from a team that went 24-10 in 2012 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament and the first Sweet 16 in school history.
Two Shockers Named to Preseason Team
Two Shockers were named to the Preseason All-Valley Team. Senior setter Chelsey Feekin and senior middle blocker Elizabeth Field were both named to the team and were all-Valley selections in 2012.