Many of Wichita State's past volleyball stars watched Saturday's match against Drake on Alumni Weekend.
When senior middle Sarah McGee comes back in future years, she will probably think about the final minutes of the second set. None of the former stars in attendance — players such as Emily Stockman and Sara Lungren — ever did it better.
"Complete confidence in her," setter Mary Elizabeth Hooper said. "No matter where I am, I know that if I give her ball, good set or bad set, she will get it over the net. It was awesome."
WSU remained alone in second place in the Missouri Valley Conference with a sweep (25-17, 27-25, 25-16) over Drake at Koch Arena. The Shockers won their seventh straight match — their longest streak this season. They defeated Drake for the 21st straight time, 18 of those sweeps.
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McGee set the stage for a sweep by playing the role of closer in the second set. WSU trailed 24-21 when she took over. Her back-to-back kills pulled the Shockers within a point. Her block against Alisa Deberg Roth tied it.
WSU (18-5, 11-3 MVC) missed a chance to win up 25-24. McGee cleaned up again. Her tip into the middle of the court put the Shockers up 26-25. She ended the set with a block of Angela Bys, capping a seven-kill set.
"We knew we had to get that game, because it would have completely changed the match around," McGee said. "I'm really happy we were able to get that and get out in three."
For the match, McGee totaled 12 kills and .750 attack percentage. Her career high attack percentage is .833, also against Drake (22-8, 7-8) The Bulldogs concentrate their defense on the outside lanes and gave McGee plenty of openings in the middle.
"Sarah knows what's she doing in there," coach Chris Lamb said. "You knew it wasn't going to be doubled. It was a one-on-one situation, and she's just too good for that."
WSU dominated the first set by jumping to an 8-3 lead and forcing a Drake timeout. The Shockers extended that lead to 18-9 and 22-14.
The Shockers out-hit Drake .469 to .205. McGee (three kills on four swings) and Elizabeth Field (three on three) gave WSU threats to complement outside hitter Emily Adney. She had six kills, three digs and an ace in the first set.
After fading in the second set, Drake didn't put up much of a fight in the final set. WSU pulled away midway through and led 19-9 before Lamb began playing his reserves.
Adney and Amanda Backes both added 10 kills for WSU. The Shockers hit .346 for the match and. held Drake to .147.