Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State can’t end volleyball woes against Northern Iowa

Wichita State lost a volleyball match to Northern Iowa for the ninth straight time on Saturday in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

The Panthers defeated WSU 3-1 (26-28, 25-11, 25-18, 25-16) to win their 59th straight Missouri Valley Conference regular-season match. WSU (10-5, 4-2 MVC) hasn’t defeated UNI (13-6, 5-0) since 2008.

The Shockers won the first set, hitting .244. They trailed 24-22 before scoring three straight to take a 25-24 lead. WSU survived match point again, down 26-25, on a kill by Sam Sanders. After a kill by Emily Adney, Sanders’ ace won the set.

The Panthers locked down the WSU attack in the next three sets. WSU hit .038 in the second set, .091 in the third and .029 in the final set. The Panthers won the digging battle 99-66.

Emily Adney led WSU with 15 kills, but struggled to a .090 attack percentage. Ashlyn Driskill added 10 kills. WSU got little production from its right-side hitters or its middles.

Macy Ubben led UNI with 16 kills and a .359 attack percentage. Krista DeGeest recorded 14 kills and eight digs.

WSU travels to Oklahoma on Wednesday. Northern Iowa remains in first place in the MVC and is the lone unbeaten.