LAWRENCE, Kan. - The Wichita State volleyball team used a 3-1 win over No. 20 Kansas to advance to the first Sweet Sixteen in school history.
The Shockers (24-9) won by scores of 23-25, 25-16, 25-19 and 25-21. The Shockers advance to play USC on Fri., Dec. 7 in Austin, Texas.
Ashley Andrade led the Shockers with 18 kills and nine blocks, while Elizabeth Field had 13 kills, Emily Adney had 11 kills and Ashlyn Driskill had 10. Chelsey Feekin had nine kills, 48 assists and 10 digs, while Jackie Church had 19 digs.
The first set went back-and-forth until a kill by Tayler Tolefree put KU up 18-15. The Shockers pulled to within 21-20 on two-straight Feekin kills and tied the set at 21 on a KU error. WSU took a 23-22 lead on another Jayhawk miscue, but KU scored the final three points to win 25-23.
The Shockers used a 3-0 run to take a 6-3 lead in the second set. A kill by Field increased the lead to 12-8 and an 8-0 Shocker run behind the serving of Feekin gave WSU a 22-10 lead. A 5-0 Jayhawk run made the score 22-15, but WSU scored three of the final four points for a 25-16 win.
The teams traded points early in the third set, before a kill by Caroline Jarmoc gave KU a 12-10 lead. The Shockers used a kill from Field and two KU errors to take a 13-12 lead. The two teams went back-and-forth until the Shockers used kills from Andrade, Katie Reilly, Field and Adney to go in front 22-18. WSU closed out the set 25-19 on a kill from Field.
WSU used a 4-0 run in the middle of the fourth set to lead 17-11. KU pulled to within 20-19, but the Shockers scored five of the seven points including three kills from Adney for the 25-21 win.