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Wichita State volleyball schedule features Texas, Iowa State, Creighton

Wichita State senior Dani Mostrom earned MVC Libero of the Year honors in 2015.
Wichita State senior Dani Mostrom earned MVC Libero of the Year honors in 2015. The Wichita Eagle

Wichita State is one match from completing its volleyball schedule. It is waiting on a contract to fill out the field for its Shocker Volleyball Classic on Sept. 2-3 at Koch Arena.

It’s a strong schedule, one befitting a team that returns most of its rotation from 2015. All-Missouri Valley Conference picks Emily Hiebert (setter), Abbie Lehman (middle) and Dani Mostrom (libero) return. Also back is second-team pick Mikaela Raudsepp (outside hitter). All-Freshman pick Shimen Fayad transferred to Cal State Fullerton.

It includes NCAA runner-up Texas, Sweet 16 team Creighton, round of 32 participants Iowa State and Marquette and NCAA team Colorado State. Valley schools Missouri State, Northern Iowa and Southern Illinois also played in the NCAAs.

It also includes Texas-San Antonio, which finished last season No. 64 in the NCAA power ranking, and IUPUI, which defeated the Shockers 3-1.

With the MVC changing its schedule last season to open a fourth tournament weekend, schools will again play a mid-week game. WSU plays host to two Monday games, meeting Evansville on Sept. 26 and Southern Illinois on Oct. 10.

When volleyball folks discuss attendance, they discuss the issue of fighting high school and college football on the weekends. It will be interesting to see how Monday matches draw (the Chiefs don’t play either night). Southern Illinois, coming off a second-place MVC finish and an NCAA appearance, is likely an important match.

▪  Northern Iowa plays Southern Cal, Kentucky and Creighton in a tournament in Los Angeles, in addition to matches against Kansas and Iowa State.

▪  Missouri State’s schedule includes UCLA, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa State and Marquette.

Paul Suellentrop: 316-269-6760, @paulsuellentrop

Wichita State schedule

August

Iowa State Challenge at Ames, Iowa

26 — at Iowa State, 6:30 p.m.

27 — vs. Creighton, 4 p.m.

September

Shocker Volleyball Classic

2 — TBA, 7 p.m.

3 — IUPUI, 1 p.m.

3 — Marquette, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado State tournament at Fort Collins, Colo.

8 — at Colorado State, 8 p.m.

10 — vs. Texas, TBA

11 — vs. Samford, 1 p.m. at Fort Collins, Colo.

Roadrunners Roundup at San Antonio

16 — vs. Texas Tech, 9 a.m.

16 — vs. Texas State, 3 p.m.

17 — at Texas San-Antonio, noon

23 — at Missouri State, 7 p.m.

26 — Evansville, 7 p.m.

October

30 — at Drake, 7 p.m.

1 — at Northern Iowa, 7 p.m.

7 — Loyola, 7 p.m.

8 — Bradley, 7 p.m.

10 — Southern Illinois, 7 p.m.

14 — at Indiana State, 6 p.m.

16 — at Illinois State, 1 p.m.

21 — Missouri State, 7 p.m.

28 — Northern Iowa, 7 p.m.

29 — Drake, 7 p.m.

November

4 — at Bradley, 7 p.m.

5 — at Loyola, 7 p.m.

11 — Illinois State, 5 p.m.

12 — Indiana State, 7 p.m.

18 — at Southern Illinois, 7 p.m.

19 — at Evansville, 7 p.m.

24-26 — Cedar Falls, Iowa

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