Wichita State dropped out of first place in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 3-1 (14-25, 25-13, 18-25, 18-25) loss at Illinois State on Friday.
The Redbirds (13-4, 6-0 MVC) held Wichita State to its lowest attack percentage (.127) since its second match of the season. The Shockers (15-3, 5-1) committed 24 attack errors and four service errors. WSU lost to the Redbirds for a second straight time after winning nine straight in the series.
“It was just total domination in the serve-and-passing game,” WSU coach Chris Lamb said on his post-match radio show. “We didn’t seem to have a competitive spirit.”
WSU outside hitter Ashlyn Driskill had 12 kills and hit .200. Middle Ashley Andrade added 10 kills and hit .438. Middle Elizabeth Field had three kills, tying her season-low, and hit negative-.166. Illinois State’s Ashley Rosch had 14 kills and LeighAnn Hranka added 13 with a .458 attack percentage. Libero Emily Orrick recorded 30 digs.
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The Redbirds built leads of 7-2, 15-7 and 17-9 in the first set. WSU cut the lead to 9-7 before Illinois State ran off seven straight points, three on blocks by Hranka and Stacey Niao. Hranka finished the set with five kills and four blocks.
A service error and three attack errors by the Redbirds helped the Shockers dominate the early part of the second set. WSU went up 9-2 on a kill by Driskill and Gaby Urban’s ace ended the run to provide a 17-3 lead. Driskill led the Shockers with five kills.
Rosch led the Redbirds with seven kills in the third set. Illinois State led 14-11 when Rosch’s kill started a 5-1 run. The Shockers pulled within 22-18 before the Redbirds scored the final three points of the set. In the final set, the Redbirds led 16-13 before a 5-0 run put away the Shockers.