LAWRENCE, Kan. - Wichita State used a career-high 23 kills from Ashley Andrade to come back and beat Arkansas in five sets to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Shockers (23-9) won by scores of 16-25, 25-27, 25-17, 25-23 and 15-10.
The last time the Shockers came back to win a match after losing the first two sets was Sept. 14, 2011 against Oklahoma in Wichita.
Andrade had just one error in 39 swings and hit .564 in the match. Elizabeth Field added 14 kills, while Chelsey Feekin had a career-high 54 assists along with six kills and 16 digs. Jackie Church and Kelsey Banwart each had 17 digs to lead the Shockers while Banwart also added four service aces.
The first sent went back-and-forth early until the Razorbacks used a 7-0 run to take a 14-7 lead. UA increased the lead to 20-11 and won the set 25-16.
A kill by Sam Sanders gave the Shocks a 7-4 lead in the second set, but the Razorbacks used a 7-0 run to go in front 13-8. Both teams traded points until the Shocks pulled to within 22-20 on a kill by Andrade. The Shocks tied it at 23 behind the serving of MaryAshton Floyd, but UA reached set point at 24-23. A kill by Field tied it at 24 and again at 25, but the Razorbacks used a kill from Liz Fortado and a service ace by Monica Bollinger to win the set 27-25.
Back-to-back kills from Emily Adney and Field gave the Shocks a 5-3 lead in the third set, but UA came back to tie it at six. The teams traded points until back-to-back kills gave the Razorbacks a 12-10 lead. Two kills from Andrade put the Shocks in front 13-12 and two-straight kills from Katie Reilly increased the lead to 16-13. A kill by Feekin put WSU up 22-17 and a kill by Ashlyn Driskill ended the set in a 25-17 Shocker win.
The Shockers raced out to an 8-3 lead in the fourth set behind three kills from Andrade. The Razorbacks pulled to within 16-15 and tied it at 17. A kill and service ace by Adney gave WSU a 20-18 lead, but UA took a 23-22 lead on a Shocker error. Kills from Driskill and Andrade brought the Shocks to set point at 24-23 and WSU won the set 25-23 on a block by Reilly and Andrade.
UA took an early 3-1 lead in the fifth set, but a kill by Andrade tied it at four. The teams traded points and UA led 8-7 at the break. A kill by Field tied it at eight and a UA hitting error gave WSU a 9-8 lead. A kill by Fortado tied it at nine, but Andrade answered with a kill to put WSU up 10-9. Fortado tied it at 10, but the Shocks then went on a 5-0 run to win the set 15-10. During the run, the Shocks used two UA errors, a block by Andrade and Reilly and two aces from Banwart to seal the win.
The Shockers are next in action on Sat., Dec. 1 against the winner of the Kansas/Cleveland State match. WSU will play at 6:30 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse and will be looking for the first Sweet Sixteen appearance in school history.