Highlights of the week ahead:
▪ Wichita State’s basketball teams perform media day duties Monday afternoon.
On Thursday, everyone who doesn’t haunt sumer pickup games and obsess over a player heights and weights will get their first look at the 2015-16 Shockers at Shocker Madness (6 p.m.). Scrimmages, dunk contests and rings.
▪ Shockers volleyball hits the road as the MVC’s first-place team. WSU (16-6, 7-1 MVC) plays at third-place Illinois State (15-6, 5-3) on Friday and Indiana State (14-9, 3-5) on Saturday. Indiana State beat Northern Iowa at home and took Missouri State to five sets on the road.
WSU won both meetings 3-1 to open conference play in September.
A sweep puts the Shockers in a great position, especially if Illinois State can handles MSU at home. The Bears are 2-3 since winning at Koch Arena on Oct. 2 and grabbing first place. Second-place Loyola, after a long road trip this weekend, plays Northern Iowa on Tuesday at home.
▪ Game 3 of baseball’s fall scrimmage series is Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Eck Stadium. Game 4 is Thursday and Game 5 is Friday, both at 6 p.m. Gold leads the series 2-0.
▪ Wichita State’s Jody Larson’s role as an attacker diminished early in the MVC season. A recent return to her preferred right-side position put her back in a prominent role. Larson had 13 kills on 19 swings in Friday’s win over Bradley and 15 kills on 44 swings on Saturday.
“I think I see the court differently,” she said. “Maybe the approach — I don’t start out as wide.”
WSU coach Chris Lamb said Larson fits well on the right because she doesn’t need a long runway to attack, which is often the case on the right.
“Jody’s got good eyes, good hands, and she can move it around,” he said. “She doesn’t have to have a ton of time to prepare and she can still create some power. The fact she can be a pass-to-attacker and run some odd routes is also a feather in her cap.”
▪ WSU golfer Grant Bennett won his first college tournament at the Bill Ross Intercollegiate in Overland Park on Tuesday. Bennett shot a career-best 206.
Monday’s reading recommendation
The New York Times takes a long look at the death of an ordinary New Yorker.