Wichita State’s volleyball team needed two big rallies to win its first match of the season.
The Shockers defeated Northern Illinois 3-2 (18-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 22-20) on Saturday in DeKalb, Ill., in the second day of the NIU Invitational.
WSU (1-1) trailed 9-5 in the fifth set before scoring four straight points. Scheduled for 15 points, the set stretched on with Shockers surviving five match points before winning 22-20.
A killl by Elizabeth Field broke a 20-all tie. Emily Adney and Ashely Andrade combined on a block to win the match.
The Shockers rallied from a 21-18 deficit to keep the fourth set alive. Sam Sanders recorded a kill and two service aces during a run that gave the Shockers a 22-21 lead. Three kills by Adney gave WSU a 25-22 victory.
“It’s so fun to see Sam Sanders win tough rallies,” coach Chris Lamb said in his post-game radio show. “She sure took big swings down the stretch.”
Adney led WSU with 18 kills, compiling a .222 attack percentage. Sanders and Field both added 14 kills and Field recorded a .429 attack percentage. Chelsey Feekin totaled 47 assists and eight digs. Jackie Church had 31 digs, helping WSU to an 83-71 edge.
WSU finished with a .226 attack percentage and held Northern Illinois (1-1) to .212.
Sarah Angelos led the Huskies with 17 kills.
New Mexico State defeated WSU 3-1 on Friday. The Shockers end the tournament against North Dakota State at 11 a.m. Sunday.