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Date: Nov. 22, 2013
First Serve: 7 p.m. CST
Location: Springfield, Mo.
Arena: Hammons Student Center
Radio: 103.7 KEYN FM
Talent: Mike Kennedy
Series: MSU leads WSU 42-25
On the Radio
Wichita State’s match this weekend will be on 103.7 FM as well as on the internet at shockerradio.com.
Scouting Missouri State
Missouri State is 21-9 overall and 12-5 in the Missouri Valley Conference and has won eight in a row. Wins this season have come against Northeastern, No. 22 Dayton, Northern Illinois, St. John’s, Brown New Hampshire, Middle Tennessee, Alabama A&M, Drake twice, Evansville twice, Indiana State twice, Loyola twice, Bradley twice, SEMO, Southern Illinois and Illinois State. Losses have come against Tulsa, Colorado State, Oklahoma, Wichita State, Kansas State, Northern Iowa twice, Southern Illinois and Illinois State. Karen Rivatto leads the Bears averaging 2.89 kills per set, while Carly Thomas averages 11.42 assists per set and Ashley Mason averages 4.77 digs per set. The Bears are led by 18th-year head coach Melissa Stokes.
Series History vs. the Bears
Missouri State leads the overall series with the Shockers 42-25. The Bears also lead the series in Springfield 21-11. WSU head coach Chris Lamb is 19-15 overall against the Bears and 8-6 in Springfield. The Shockers are 19-7 against the Bears since 2004.
Last Meeting vs. MSU
The last meeting between the two teams was Sept. 19, 2013, in Wichita. The Shockers won 3-0 by scores of 25-20, 25-19 and 25-23. Ashley Andrade and Ashlyn Driskill each had 14 kills for the Shockers, while Chelsey Feekin had 46 assists and Dani Mostrom had 12 digs.
Andrade and Mostrom Honored by The Valley
Wichita State volleyball student-athletes Ashley Andrade and Dani Mostrom have been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week for the week of Nov. 11-17.
Andrade, a senior middle blocker from Glendale, Ariz., and Mostrom, a freshman libero from Springfield, Mo., led the Shockers to two road wins last week over Loyola and Bradley.
Andrade averaged 3.75 kills, 1.62 blocks and 4.56 points per set, while hitting .481.
In the four-set win at Loyola, she had a team-high 14 kills on 27 swings and hit .370. She also added one dig and a match-high five blocks. In the four-set win at Bradley, she had a match-high 16 kills on 25 swings and hit .600. She also added one assist, two digs and a match-high eight blocks.
It is the fifth MVC Player of the Week honor of the season for Andrade.
Mostrom averaged 5.25 digs and 0.62 assists per set over the weekend. In the four-set win at Loyola, she had a team-high 12 digs along with two assists. In the four-set win at Bradley, she had a match-high and career-high 30 digs along with three assists.
Wichita State earned its 25th win of the season on Nov. 16 at Bradley. It was the first time the Shockers have reached 25 wins since the 2009 team won 26. It is the ninth time in program history that the Shockers have collected at least 25 wins.
Shocks Clinch Bye
With its two wins over the weekend, the Shockers have clinched a first round bye in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. This is the seventh time under Head Coach Chris Lamb that Wichita State has earned a bye in the tournament.
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 310-128 for a winning percentage of .708.
Wichita State is 49th in the seventh NCAA RPI update of the season, while Missouri State is 67. WSU is 8-5 against the top-100 with wins over VCU (64), Louisville (30), Missouri State (67), UNI (58), Utah State (71), ETSU (76), Illinois State (89) and Fresno State (81) and losses to Hawaii (10), Creighton (12), Arizona State (46), UNI (58) and Illinois State (89).
Shocks Ranked in Attendance
Wichita State is ranked 11th in average attendance this week. The Shockers are averaging 2,702 fans per match, while national leader Nebraska averages 8,157.
Shocks in the NCAA Stats
The Shocks are ranked in the top-50 in several statistical categories. WSU is 11th in hitting percentage, 48th in kills per set and 25th in match win-loss percentage. Individually, Ashley Andrade is third in hitting percentage and 38th in blocks per set.
Hitting Over .500
Wichita State hit a season-best .541 in the three-set win over Indiana State on Nov. 8. It was the first time the Shockers hit over .500 in a match since Nov. 13, 2009 against Bradley when they hit .506. The .541 hitting percentage ranks second-best in the Shocker record books for hitting percentage in a match. The school record is .583, which was set on Nov. 7, 2003 against Drake.
Finishing Up the Regular-Season
Wichita State finished the home portion of its regular-season schedule over the weekend with wins over Indiana State and Illinois State. The Shockers are 10-3 at home this season and will host the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Nov. 28-30. The Shockers are 9-2 in road matches this year and finish the regular-season with three-straight on the road. The Shockers need one more win to clinch the first regular-season title since 2008.
Feekin Second in Hitting Percentage
On Nov. 1 at Evansville, Chelsey Feekin had nine kills with no errors on 10 swings for a .900 hitting percentage. That mark ranks second in the Shocker record books for hitting percentage in a match. The record is .917 held by Janelle Watton who had 11 kills on 12 swings with no errors against Tulsa on Nov. 16, 1991.
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 25-6 this season.