Wichita State’s Volleyball 101 sets high standard

Before Wichita State’s volleyball team practiced Monday, coach Chris Lamb and I tried to identify schools that draw a crowd to compete with Volleyball 101.

WSU’s annual season kickoff drew around 500 people for dinner and a look at the Shockers, who scrimmaged in Koch Arena.

Nebraska and Hawaii, no doubt. Wisconsin. Probably Penn State. Maybe a few others. It’s a short list, without question.

Lamb says those events don’t work unless the coaching staff buys in and wants to be a part of it. An athletic department’s marketing staff can only do so much. At WSU, director of operations Shannon Lamb takes on a large role, as she did in the event’s infancy.

WSU’s Volleyball 101 goal is to raise $60,000 and, while the numbers aren’t final, it appears the goal will be met. When a sport holds a fund-raiser at WSU, that money is used by that sport to provide items, often travel, beyond its budget.