WICHITA, Kan. – The Wichita State volleyball team stands alone at the top of the Missouri Valley Conference after defeating Southern Illinois, 3-0 on Monday night inside Charles Koch Arena. The Shockers won by scores of 25-21, 25-15 and 25-18.
Mikaela Raudsepp and Katy Dudzinski each had 11 kills in the Wichita State victory, with Dudzinski hitting .846, the fourth best mark in Shocker history. Jody Larson added 10 kills and Emily Hiebert had 42 assists.
Back-to-back points early in the first set gave the Shockers a 4-2 in the opening frame. Tabitha Brown‘s solo block put the Wichita State lead at 6-4, and Hiebert got into the attack with a kill that saw the Shocker lead stay at two, 9-7. Katy Dudzinski put a swing down to stretch the Shocker lead to 13-10 and forced Southern Illinois to take a timeout. Later, Brown’s ace forced Salukis to take another timeout, as Wichita State went ahead 19-13. Hiebert’s kill out of a Shocker timeout kept the Salukis at bay, 24-20, and the Shockers won the set, 25-21.
Early in the second set, Raudsepp’s kill put Wichita State ahead 6-4. Abbie Lehman then gave the Shocker’s momentum with three consecutive solo blocks to put the home team up, 11-5. Dudzinski’s kill saw Wichita State go ahead 19-10, and Hiebert’s kill won the set for Shockers, 25-15.
Alex Koon‘s service ace gave Wichita State a 4-2 lead to open the third set. Later, Brown’s kill capped a 3-0 run for the Shockers to push the lead to 10-5 and force the Salukis to take a timeout. Later, Southern Illinois fought to cut its deficit to one, before Raudsepp’s kill ended the rally to put Wichita State up two, 16-14. A kill by Larson kill made the score 21-17, and the Shockers won the set, 25-18.
The Shockers are next in action on Fri., Oct. 14 at Indiana State at 6 p.m. CT.