Wichita State's young volleyball team hoped to have surprise on its side during its match Saturday against 17th-ranked Northern Iowa in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Surprise didn't help.
UNI beat WSU 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-23).
"It's a major disappointment for me," WSU coach Chris Lamb said during a postgame radio interview. "Our best players need to play well for us to have a chance, and most of our best players had near lows."
The Shockers fought from behind the entire third set after UNI built a quick 9-3 lead. A 7-3 WSU run midway through the set cut UNI's lead to 19-16. WSU fought off two match points with a kill by Emily Adney and a UNI attack error to make it 24-23 before the Panthers won the match.
The Shockers battled through a tight first set, led as late as 21-20 and were tied 22-22 before giving way.
Northern Iowa outscored WSU 9-2 to end the second set.
Adney had a team-high 11 kills for WSU. Camri Zweisler had seven kills and three serve aces, MaryElizabeth Hooper had 32 assists and Sarah Waldorf had 18 digs.
The loss dropped WSU to 8-3, 1-1 in the MVC. UNI improved to 10-2, 2-0. On Friday, the Panthers swept Missouri State, the Valley's preseason No. 2 team.