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Date: Nov. 1-2, 2013
First Serve: 7, 5 p.m. CST
Location: Evansville, Ind. & Carbondale, Ill.
Arena: Carson Center & Davies Gym
Radio: 103.7 KEYN FM
Talent: Shane Dennis
Series: WSU leads UE 31-9; WSU leads SIU 36-18
On the Radio
Both of Wichita State’s matches this weekend will be on 103.7 FM as well as on the internet at shockerradio.com.
Evansville is 8-14 overall and 3-8 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Wins this season have come against Murray State twice, NC Central, SIUE, UM, Bradley twice and Drake. Losses have come against Hampton, UT Martin, Miami, Northern Kentucky, Valpo, Belmont, Illinois State, Indiana State, Loyola twice, Missouri State, Wichita State, Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois. As a team, the Purple Aces are hitting .173, while holding opponents to a .214 clip. UE is led offensively by Ashley Ring who averages 3.46 kills per set, while Jenn Murphy averages 9.07 assists per set and Katie Klages averages 5.73 digs per set. The Purple Aces are led by first-year head coach Manolo Concepcion.
Series History vs. the Purple Aces
Wichita State leads the overall series with the Purple Aces 31-9. The Shockers also lead the series in Evansville 12-7. WSU head coach Chris Lamb is 23-4 overall against the Purple Aces and 10-3 in Evansville. The Shockers have won 23 of the last 24 meetings overall.
Last Meeting vs. UE
The last meeting between the two teams was Oct. 5, 2013, in Wichita. The Shockers won 3-0 by scores of 25-16, 25-11 and 25-18. Ashley Andrade led the Shockers with 11 kills, while Chelsey Feekin had 32 assists and Jordan Hinkle had 13 digs.
Scouting Southern Illinois
Southern Illinois is 12-11 overall and 7-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Wins this season have come against Connecticut, Siena, Saint Louis, Eastern Kentucky, Muray State, Indiana State, Loyola twice, Missouri State, Drake, Northern Iowa and Evansville. Losses have come against IPFW, Duquesne, Middle Tennessee, Kansas State, SEMO, Marshall, Kent State, Illinois State, Bradley twice, and Wichita State. As a team, the Salukis are hitting .198, while holding opponents to a .191 clip. SIU is led offensively by Jessica Whitehead who is averaging 4.06 kills per set, while Hannah Kaminsky averages 10.27 assists per set and Alex Rivera averages 4.14 digs per set. The Salukis are led by second-year head coach Justin Ingram.
Series History vs. the Salukis
Wichita State leads the overall series with the Salukis 36-18. WSU also leads the series in Carbondale, 14-11. WSU head coach Chris Lamb is 25-3 overall against the Salukis and 11-2 in Carbondale. The Shockers have won the last 23 meetings overall.
Last Meeting vs. SIU
The last meeting between the two teams was Oct. 4, 2013, in Wichita. The Shockers won 3-0 by scores of 25-23, 25-19 and 25-21. Ashley Andrade led the Shockers with 11 kills, while Chelsey Feekin had 37 assists and Katie Reilly had 11 digs.
Lamb Reaches 300 Victories
Wichita State head coach Chris Lamb earned his 300th career victory on Oct. 5 against Evansville. He is the winningest volleyball coach in school history and now has a record of 305-127 for a winning percentage of .706.
Wichita State is 50th in the fourth NCAA RPI update of the season, while Evansville is 240 and Southern Illinois is 143. WSU is 7-5 against the top-100 with wins over VCU (49), Louisville (55), Missouri State (81), South Dakota (95), UNI (58), Utah State (73), and Fresno State (82) and losses to Hawaii (15), Creighton (7), Arizona State (56), UNI (58) and Illinois State (78).
Shocks Ranked in Attendance
Wichita State is ranked 14th in average attendance this week. The Shockers are averaging 2,593 fans per match, while national leader Nebraska averages 8,155.
Shocks in the NCAA Stats
The Shocks are ranked in the top-50 in several statistical categories. WSU is 48th in kills per set, 40th in blocks per set, 13th in hitting percentage and 28th in match win-loss percentage. Individually, Ashley Andrade is sixth in hitting percentage and 28th in blocks per set.
20 Wins Again
Wichita State earned its 20th win of the season on Oct. 25 against Drake. It is the 11th-straight season that the Shockers have reached 20 wins, which is a school record. WSU is 20-5 this season.
Senior setter Chelsey Feekin continues to have an impressive senior season. She is averaging 10.58 assists, 1.40 kills, 2.55 digs and 0.79 blocks per set and hitting .416. She has improved those numbers in Valley play by averaging 11.26 assists, 1.69 kills, 3.23 digs and 0.69 blocks per set, while hitting .515.
Valley Halfway Point
Wichita State was 8-1 at the halfway point of the Missouri Valley Conference season. It was the best start for the Shockers at the halfway point since the 2008 team started 9-0. The Shockers have gone 8-1 or 9-0 in the first half of Valley play five times (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2013). In the previous four, WSU went on to win the regular-season title.
Senior Middles Moving Up the Charts
Senior middle blockers Ashley Andrade and Elizabeth Field continue to move up the Wichita State career blocking records list. Andrade is currently sixth in block assists (340) and sixth in total blocks (385), while Field is ninth in block assists (301) and 10th in total blocks (338).
Andrade’s Sensational Senior Season
Senior middle blocker Ashley Andrade is having a senior season to remember. She is averaging a team-best 3.17 kills and 1.32 blocks per set and also hitting a team-best .458. She has had 10 or more kills in 16 of 25 matches this season. She has hit under .300 just three times in 25 matches as well.