Wichita State dropped the first two sets to Marquette before rallying to win the match with a 19-17 decision in the final set in the Hampton Inn Invitational in Indianapolis on Saturday morning.
The Shockers trailed 10-8 and 13-11 in the deciding set. Then they escaped match point down 14-13. WSU took an 18-17 lead on an attack error and won the match on Tabitha Brown’s ace.
The 3-2 (20-25, 18-25, 25-20, 25-18, 19-17) extended WSU’s longest season-opening win streak since the 2008 team went 29-0.
Brown led WSU with 21 kills, a career-high that lasted a few hours. Abbie Lehman added 12 kills and five blocks. Setter Emily Hiebert contributed nine kills, 44 assists and 15 digs. Libero Giorgia Civita had a career-high 29 digs.
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Allie Barber led the Golden Eagles (2-3) with 26 kills.
Saturday afternoon, WSU improved to 6-0 with a 3-1 (21-25, 25-16, 25-13, 27-25) win over Miami (Ohio).
Brown topped the morning mark with 24 kills and a .400 attack percentage. Mikaela Raudsepp added 14. Freshman middle Brooke Smith, who made her season debut with five kills against Marquette, contributed seven.
Hiebert totaled 47 assists and eight digs.
Margaret Payne and Taylor Daignault led Miami (4-3) with 15 kills each.