Post-match Notes: Kansas vs. Wichita State NCAA Second Round
Dec. 1, 2012
Wichita State def. Kansas, 23-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-21
With 163 miles separating the two campuses, this was the 52nd meeting between Kansas and Wichita State, but the first in NCAA Tournament play. Wichita State starters: Ashlyn Driskill, Elizabeth Field, Emily Adney, Chelsey Feekin, Jackie Church, Jordan Hinkle and Ashley Andrade. Kansas starters: Chelsea Albers, Brianne Riley, Tayler Tolefree, Caroline Jarmoc, Jaime Mathieu, Erin McNorton and Catherine Carmichael. The two-day attendance total of 8,029 made the event in Lawrence, Kan., the most attended first and second round in the NCAA Tournament this year. The match was highlighted with a combined 28 ties and 10 lead changes.
WITH WICHITA STATE’S WIN:
The Shockers improve to 24-9 overall and have won five of their last six matches. Wichita State still trails Kansas, 39-13, in the all-time series. The Shockers improve to 6-6 in the NCAA Tournament and earn the school’s first ever bid to the NCAA Sweet 16. The Shockers are now 11-4 in four-set matches this season. Wichita State improves to 11-3 in road matches this season. WSU is 2-1 this season when leading 2-1 after three sets.
WITH KANSAS’ LOSS:
The Jayhawks fall to 26-8 overall, ending their five-game winning streak. The Jayhawks fall to 3-4 in the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks are now 9-5 in four-set matches this season. The Jayhawks fall to 17-2 in home matches this season. KU falls to 1-5 when trailing 2-1 after three sets.
WICHITA STATE NOTES:
Junior Ashley Andrade set the WSU record for kills in an NCAA Tournament, she posted 41 combined in the two matches. WSU led 22-10 in the second set, which was the largest deficit for Kansas in the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks put forth a late rally, but the Shockers claimed the set, 25-16. Andrade led the charge with give kills on eight attempts. With the third set knotted 18-18, Wichita State used a 7-2 run to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Elizabeth Field collected seven kills to pace the Shockers in the set, including the set winner. The set also featured 13 ties and four lead changes. Junior Chelsy Feekin set the school record for assists in an NCAA Tournament, posting 102 in the two matches. Feekin finished with 48 assists and 10 digs for her fourth-straight double-double and her 18th of the season. Senior Jackie Church recorded 36 digs to establish the school standard for digs in an NCAA Tournament. In the fourth and final set, WSU built a 16-11 lead, but Kansas rallied with an 8-4 run to cut the deficit to 20-19. The Shockers finished the set with a 5-2 run to claim the win and advance to the Austin, Texas Regional. The match was tied at 6-6, but after that WSU led the rest of the way.
Kansas entered the 2012 NCAA Tournament as the No. 11 seed overall and were ranked No. 20 in the last American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll. The Jayhawks had more ties in the first set against Wichita State (11) than they did in the entire match against Cleveland State (7). Leading 20-16 in the first set, Kansas held off a late Wichita State 7-2 run to claim the last three points of the set for the win. Sara McClinton paced the Jayhawks with five kills in the set. Junior Brianne Riley finished with 23 digs, marking the 15th time this season she has posted 20 or more digs in a match. McClinton finished with a combined 34 kills, which is tied for the third-best in Kansas history in an NCAA Tournament with Jana Correa in 2003. Brianne Riley collected 39 digs over the two games, which is second-best in KU history in an NCAA Tournament. She only trails Jill Dorsey (53). Erin McNorton’s 89 combined assists was the third-best total by a Jayhawk in one year of the NCAA Tournament.