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Wichita State volleyball completes spring with win over Nebraska

  • Eagle correspondent
  • Published Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 8:59 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, April 21, 2013, at 7:40 a.m.

There is no such thing as an exhibition game or a scrimmage for the Wichita State volleyball team.

The Shockers’ mindset is always the same regardless if the outcome is going to be on any official record sheet or not.

“Every game we are like, ‘we are going to win.’ That’s one thing I love about our team,” outside hitter Ashlyn Driskill said. “Every game we always take seriously, even if it’s a scrimmage. We are just really competitive.”

That attitude showed on Saturday, when WSU defeated national power Nebraska in five sets (25-22, 17-25, 25-19, 25-21, 12-15) at Koch Arena in the Shockers’ final exhibition match of the spring. The teams played all five sets even after WSU won three of the first four.

“Beating Nebraska was awesome,” middle blocker Elizabeth Field said. “I think it’s the first time I’ve ever beaten them. We’ve played them every single spring, but this is the first time we’ve ever gotten a win. So that was really nice.”

Katie Reilly led the Shockers with 14 kills, with Field and Ashley Andrade adding 11. Chelsey Feekin led the team with 45 assists.

While the score wasn’t important to WSU coach Chris Lamb, the fact that his team was able to keep pace with Nebraska is a testament to how far this team has already come during the spring.

“They are a big, physical, powerful team, so to be able to keep up with the Huskers in points scoring was kind of a nice thing,” Lamb said. “I’m just happy that we played nothing but great opponents this spring and we were competitive or victorious — not that we really care about the score — just about every match we played. We won a lot of games against a lot of good teams this spring with a lot of new people on the floor. I’m very excited about what we’ve done.”

The Shockers lost libero Jackie Church and outside hitter Emily Adney to graduation. Looking to fill their spots is a plethora of players, many of whom were freshmen or sophomores last season.

For the veterans, like senior-to-be Field, seeing the team’s youth mature so quickly has them excited about the possibilities for the fall season.

“We had to put a lot of pressure on the young kids. And I think they’ve taken that and grabbed it by the horns and never looked back,” Field said. “I’m really proud of these girls. I think we fought really hard and battled really tough with them. I think it’s an important win for us and a nice sendoff into the summer.”

The Shockers’ 2013 season will get under way in August.

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