NORMAN, Okla. —Wichita State carried the momentum from Friday's win over Oklahoma through the first three sets on Saturday morning.
Then the Shockers hit a wall in the final two sets. Miami rallied to defeat WSU 3-2 (19-25, 25-17, 19-25, 25-22, 15-10) in the Nike Invitational at MacCasland FieldHouse.
"This one stings," WSU coach Chris Lamb said.
The Shockers wasted several chances to put away Miami and pick up a second win over a 2009 NCAA Tournament team. In the fourth set, they led 18-17 and tied it 22-all. In the fifth set, WSU took a 7-4 lead and led 9-7 before a collapse.
With redshirt freshman setter Chelsey Feekin ineffective, Lamb switched WSU to a 5-1 alignment for the final two sets. The Shockers hit .103 in the fourth set and minus-.083 in the final set.
"We thought we'd try it," Lamb said. "It seemed inspired in the fourth, but it didn't do anything in the fifth. We fell apart on the left. We stopped scoring, period."
In the fifth, Miami took away WSU's strengths on the left and in the middle. Outside hitter Camri Zwiesler took only two swings and recorded one kill. Middle Sarah McGee didn't get a kill. Setter Mary Elizabeth Hooper attributed some of the problems to the 5-1.
"We had different people doing different things, so it was a little off," she said. "We weren't very focused and we didn't execute."
Meanwhile, Miami got organized on defense. They forced the Shockers into attack errors or into blocks in critical times, especially in the fifth set.
"They're really scrappy," WSU outside hitter Emily Adney said. "They ran down every ball."
The Hurricanes tied the final game 9-all on a kill that sailed long by WSU's Amanda Backes. They took the lead on an attack error by Adney. After a WSU timeout, Adney hit into a double block to give Miami an 11-9 lead.
"We settled down into where we wanted to be, and I also think our block improved and forced them into some errors," Miami coach Nicole Lantagne Welch said.
Miami hurt the Shockers with middle Ariell Cooke, effective on slides, and outside hitter Lane Carico with 17 kills. Cooke recorded 14 kills with a .400 attack percentage.
But setter Katie Gallagher delivered the point that changed the fifth set. After an acrobatic back-and-forth, she dumped the ball into the open middle of the court to cut WSU's lead to 9-8.
"They had been sucking in on me all day, and I looked over there and saw the opportunity," Gallagher said. "I was so excited. From then, we kind of took over."
Backes led WSU with 13 kills and a .300 attack percentage. Zwiesler added 12 kills, hitting .242.
Shockers rebound — WSU finished up its weekend with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 26-24) win over Texas-Arlington.
Zwiesler had 16 kills, Feekin had 17 assists and Sarah Waldorf had 18 digs.