No. 11 Wichita State Defeats Southern Illinois in Four Games

11/7/2008

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WICHITA, Kan. - After dropping a close third set, No. 11 Wichita State (25-0, 14-0) outscored Southern Illinois (15-9, 5-8) 20-11 down the stretch to cap a fourth-set win and the match, 3-1, Friday evening inside Charles Koch Arena.

The Shockers won by set scores of 25-15, 25-17, 22-25 and 25-18. WSU was led by a balanced offensive attack, getting 11-kill efforts from Emily Stockman, Lindsey Eckenrode and Katie Niggemeyer. Freshman setter Mary Elizabeth Hooper led all players with 43 assists on the evening.

Southern Illinois was led by Jennifer Berwanger and Kristie Berwanger, who posted 10 kills each. Brooklyn Robbins led the Salukis with 34 assists. Senior Kelly Broussard led all players with 27 digs.

The first set went back-and-forth until the Shockers took a 9-6 lead with a block by Emily Stockman and Sarah McGee. A Stockman kill increased the lead to 11-6, while a Katie Niggemeyer kill put the Shocks up 21-12. WSU won the set 25-15 on a kill by Amanda Backes.

The Shockers jumped out early in the second set, but the serving of Kristy Elswick tied the score at 10 for the Salukis. A Shocker hitting error gave SIU a 12-11 lead, but the Shockers battled back to take a 14-13 lead on a kill by Lindsey Eckenrode. A block by McGee put the Shocks up 18-15 and WSU cruised the rest of the way to a 25-17 win.

SIU took an early 4-1 lead in the third set after a kill by Kristie Berwanger, but the Shockers rallied to tie it at seven after a kill by Backes. A kill by Chandra Roberson put the Salukis back up by three at 10-7 and another kill by Berwanger increased the lead to 16-11. A McGee block pulled the Shocks to within 21-19, but back-to-back WSU hitting errors gave the Salukis a 23-19 lead. WSU scored the next two points, but SIU held on to win 25-22.

The teams traded points in the fourth set until back-to-back blocks put the Salukis up 6-4. A kill by Mary Elizabeth Hooper tied the score at nine and WSU took the lead at 12-11 after a SIU hitting error. Another Hooper kill increased the lead to 15-12 and an ace by Stockman gave WSU a 21-15 advantage. The Shockers finished off the match with a 25-18 win in the fourth set.

The Shockers are next in action on Sat., Nov. 8 against Evansville at 7 p.m.

Article courtesy of Wichita State athletics.

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