Wichita State outside hitter Camri Zwiesler is a volleyball player made for offensive highlights.
She hits hard, sometimes overpowering defenders with a strong arm and a quick wrist. Her long arms and agility allow her to surprise defenders with smashes off awkward sets.
But it's in the back row that Zwiesler feels most at home. She's happy letting others score.
"I absolutely love the back row," she said. "I like to dig the ball. I'm one of those people with a 'come at me with whatever you have and I'm going to get it' personality."
Early in the season, WSU needed Zwiesler to do too much of the scoring. As other threats developed, WSU (18-5, 11-3 Missouri Valley Conference) improved and is on a seven-match win streak entering tonight's game at Evansville (16-10, 5-9).
Zwiesler, a junior from Newton, leads WSU with 321 kills and an average of 3.87 a set. She is no longer the only consistent Shocker.
"Everybody is producing from every position," she said. "It's making my job easier. It's making (coach Chris Lamb's) job easier."
Zwiesler led WSU in kills in nine of its first 13 matches. Starting in early October, other Shockers stepped up. Sophomore outside hitter Emily Adney led WSU in five straight matches. The middles, led by senior Sarah McGee, started getting more swings and more points.
"You're looking for balance," Lamb said. "You don't want to have force balls to people when they're not ready to hit. To have other people make contributions to the scoreboard is gigantic."
Zwiesler does a lot of jobs for the Shockers. Her 252 digs are second on the team and she leads WSU with 17 aces.
"The six-rotation, scoring outside hitter is the rarest commodity in Division I volleyball," Lamb said. "She's got everything from ball control to scoring to volleyball IQ. She's been a contributor that no one's ever had to worry a thing about."
With WSU on a hot streak and solidly in contention for an NCAA Tournament berth, the season is unfolding much like she dreamed. Zwiesler transferred to WSU from Arizona State to get closer to home. She loves it when former teachers come watch the Shockers. The comforts of home are a short drive away, not a long flight. Her father, who lives in Topeka, drives to most of her matches, home and away.
"I'm having a good time representing Kansas and Wichita State and my hometown," she said. "If I have a bad day, I can go home. It's 15 minutes away."