WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita State and Creighton concluded the Shocker volleyball classic with a five-set thriller that saw the Blue Jays down the Shockers 3-2. Creighton won the match by scores of, 16-25, 25-18, 25-20, 18-25, 15-9.
Ashley Andrade led the Shockers with 17 kills while Ashlyn Driskill, who earned all-tournament team honors, added 14 kills and Sam Sanders had 12 kills. Chelsey Feekin racked up 52 assists and Jordan Hinkle had 13 digs to lead the Shockers.
Wichita State scored six consecutive points to open up a 10-6 lead in the first set by taking advantage of three hitting errors by the Blue Jays and kills by Driskill and Sanders. A Feekin service ace followed by a ball handling error by Creighton gave the Shockers a 17-12 lead and forced the Blue Jays to call their second timeout of the set. Sanders seventh kill of the first set gave Wichita State a commanding 24-16 lead as the Shockers took the first set, 25-16.
In the second set, the Blue Jays broke an 8-8 tie with three consecutive points, taking advantage of back-to-back hitting errors by the Shockers. Creighton would take a 14-9 lead after a kill by Kelli Browning and would take a 22-16 lead after Browning’s third kill of the set. Wichita State would drop the second set by the score of 25-18.
Coming out of the locker room, Wichita State and Creighton traded one point leads throughout the first half of the third set until a service ace by Creighton’s Lizzy Stivers gave the Blue Jays a 14-12 lead. Creighton expanded their lead to 21-15 after a Leah McNary kill but the Shockers battled back and were within four at 23-19 after a Sanders kill. A service error by the Shockers and a Blue Jay kill ended the third set with Creighton taking the set 25-20.
The Shockers opened up the fourth set with a 5-2 lead that was highlighted by a Driskill kill, but Creighton scored the next four points and took a 6-5 lead. Katie Reilly gave the Shockers the lead at 8-7 with her seventh kill of the match and back-to-back hitting errors by Creighton put Wichita State up 10-7. Blocks by Driskill and Feekin gave the Shockers a 16-12 lead, and later, a service error by Creighton gave Wichita State a 21-15 advantage. Andrade tied the match at 2-2 with her 15th kill of the match. Wichita State won the fourth set 25-18
Both teams traded points to begin the fifth set. Creighton broke the pattern and took a 4-3 lead but Wichita State scored the next three points behind two Elizabeth Field kills and owned a 6-4 lead. The Blue Jays answered the Shocker run by scoring seven of the next eight points to take an 11-7 advantage. Andrade stopped the Creighton run with her 17th kill and Driskill followed with her 14th kill to pull Wichita State within 11-9 but a kill by the Blue Jays and a hitting error by the Shockers gave Creighton a 13-9 lead. Creighton scored the final two points of the fifth set and won by a final score of 15-9.