Wichita State’s volleyball team swept Missouri State out of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Thursday in JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo.
The Shockers will face second-seeded Northern Iowa on Friday in the semifinals. Third-seeded WSU (21-8) added another top-100 (RPI) win to its NCAA Tournament resume by defeating No. 91 Missouri State 25-22, 25-12, 25-22. The Shockers are 9-7 against teams in the top 100 of the NCAA’s power ranking.
WSU beat sixth-seeded MSU (16-15) for a third time this season and its middle blockers led the way in all. Elizabeth Field led the Shockers on Thursday with 12 kills and a .476 attack percentage. Ashley Andrade added 11 kills and hit .429. Emily Adney and Ashlyn Driskill both added six kills. Setter Chelsey Feekin recorded 36 assists and libero Jackie Church had 10 digs.
WSU hit .314 for the match and had five aces. The Bears hit .015. Olivia Brand led MSU with nine kills. Christine McCartney added seven.
WSU led 20-15 in the third set before the Bears rallied. Up 21-20, WSU extended its lead with a block by Field and Katie Reilly on Brand, a kill by Feekin and a kill by Field. After an MSU point, WSU won the set on a service error by Brand.
The Shockers dominated the second set, building leads of 8-1, 13-3 nad 21-12. Field recorded five kills in the set with Andrade adding four. The Shockers continued their offensive effiency, hitting .324 with three errors in 34 swings. WSU held the Bears to negative-.028. They committed nine errors and had eight kills in 36 attacks.
WSU scored three straight points to break an 18-all tie in the first set. After MSU narrowed the gap to 24-22, Field ended the set with a kill.
Adney, Feekin honored —Adney and Feekin earned All-Missouri Valley Conference volleyball honors on Thursday.
Adney, a senior attacker, is the fifth Shocker to make the first team three seasons, joining Sara Younes, Emily Stockman, Sarah McGee and Mary Elizabeth Hooper. Entering the MVC Tournament, she led WSU with an average of 3.07 kills a set and 335 kills in 109 sets.
Feekin, a junior setter, led the nation, through Monday’s matches, with a .451 attack percentage and ranks fifth in the MVC in assists at 9.83 a set.
Field, a junior, earned second-team honors. Driskill was named to the All-Freshman team.
Creighton setter Megan Bober, who hits .297 and ranks sixth in the MVC with an average of 9.65 assist, was named Player of the Year.
S Carly Thomas — Missouri State
S Chelsey Feekin, OH Emily Adney — Wichita State
S Megan Bober, MB Kelli Browning, OH Melanie Jered — Creighton
MB Krista DeGeest, OH Megan Lehman, OH Macy Ubben — Northern Iowa
MB Alysia Mayes, OH Laura Thole — Southern Illinois
L Jenny Menendez, OH Ashley Rosch — Illinois State
Player of the Year — Bober
Defensive Player of the Year — Browning
Libero of the Year — Menendez
Freshman of the Year — Rosch
Coach of the Year — Kirsten Bernthal-Booth, Creighton
OH Andrea Beaty, MB/OH Kaitlin Jaeger — Missouri State
MB Elizabeth Field — Wichita State
OH Amy Braun — Northern Iowa
MB LeighAnn Hranka — Illinois State
OH Leah McNary — Creighton
OH Ashlyn Driskill — Wichita State
MB Cassie Effken — Drake
OH Melanie Jereb, L Kate Elman — Creighton
MB Taylor Pippen — Southern Illinois
OH Ashley Rosch — Illinois State