Wichita State’s volleyball team overcame an epic first-set collapse Friday night at Northern Iowa, rallying to beat the Panthers in four sets to improve to 2-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
WSU lost the first set 25-21, then reeled off sets of 25-21, 25-20 and 25-15 to defeat the Panthers.
Ashley Andrade had 18 kills and a .708 attack percentage to lead WSU. Katie Riley added 14 kills (.250) and Ashlyn Driskill had 13 kills (.267).
The Shockers (12-3) scored three straight points for a 21-18 first-set lead before UNI (8-5, 1-1 MVC) called time-out. From there, Northern Iowa scored seven straight points to capture the game. The Panthers got three kills and a service ace while taking advantage of attack errors from WSU’s Sam Sanders and Andrade, and an Andrade block error.
WSU dominated the third set, building a lead of six points at five times during the set. Elizabeth Field clinched the game with a kill.
Kills by Ashlyn Driskill and Elizabeth Field got the Shockers tied at 17-all in the second set. WSU scored six of the next eight points, clinching the set on a UNI attack error.
WSU never trailed in the fourth set. WSU hit .128 in the first set before reeling off attack percentages in the final three sets of .452, .351 and .500.
The Shockers continue their road trip with a 7 p.m. match Saturday at Drake before playing host to the under-23 Italian national team at 7 p.m. Monday in Koch Arena.