Wichita State wins Shocker Volleyball Classic opener

Wichita State opened the volleyball season with a new videoboard in Koch Arena. (Photo by KSN's Joe High)
Wichita State opened the volleyball season with a new videoboard in Koch Arena. (Photo by KSN's Joe High)

WICHITA, Kansas  – Sam Sanders had 12 kills and Ashley Andrade and Katie Reilly each had 11 kills as Wichita State swept South Dakota to open the Shocker Volleyball Classic, 25-22, 25-14, 26-24. Chelsey Feekin added 39 assists and Dani Mostrom had 10 digs in the win.

South Dakota took an early three-point lead in the first set after a kill by Tori Kroll made it 5-2 Coyotes. Wichita State battled back and tied the first set at 9-9 after a kill by Katie Reilly, and would gain their first lead of the set at 16-15 on a kill by Elizabeth Field. Back –to-back blocks by Sanders and Andrade gave the Shockers a two-point lead at 21-19. An Ashlyn Driskill kill and a hitting error by South Dakota gave Wichita State the first set, 25-22.

In the second set, both teams traded points until a block by Andrade and Sanders and a hitting error by the Coyotes gave the Shockers a two-point lead at 13-11. A Feekin kill put Wichita State up 17-13 and Field followed the Feekin kill with a solo block and to give the Shockers a five-point lead late in the second set. Reilly gave Wichita State a 23-14 lead after her seventh kill of the match and another Field kill ended the second set, 25-14.

Wichita State jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in the third set forcing South Dakota to call a timeout. Out of the timeout, Reilly served her third ace of the game and Gaby Urban served her first ace to give the Shockers a 10-4 lead. The Coyotes rattled off three straight points to cut the Shocker lead to three at 13-10 but an Adrade kill stopped the Coyote run and gave Wichita State a four-point advantage. South Dakota cut Wichita State’s lead to 18-16 after a kill by Kendall Kritenbrink forced the Shockers to call a timeout.  A service error and hitting error by the Coyotes put the Shockers back up 20-17 but a kill by Kelsey Biltoft and a block by Melissa Firtko and Tori Kroll tied the third set up at 23-23. A kill by Driskill and a hitting error by South Dakota gave Wichita State the sweep, 26-24.

The Shockers are next in action Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. when they take on seventh ranked Hawaii in Charles Koch Arena.

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