Wichita State Earns 30th Win with 3-1 Victory Over Rice in NCAA Opener

12/5/2008

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AUSTIN, Texas - The Shockers earned their first 30-win season in school history with a 3-1 victory over Rice in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Wichita State (30-1) won by scores of 21-25, 25-23, 25-15 and 25-20.

Emily Stockman led the Shockers with 12 kills and also had 16 digs. Mary Elizabeth Hooper had 39 assists, eight kills and eight digs, while Kelly Broussard had a match-high 21 digs.

The teams went back-and-forth in the first set until a kill by Meredith Schamun put the Owls up 12-10. A kill by Mary Elizabeth Hooper gave the Shocks a 14-13 lead, but Rice went back up in front at 15-14 after a Shocker hitting error. Another WSU hitting error increased the Rice lead to 18-15 and the Owls never looked back in the 25-21 win.

A service error gave Rice an early 8-6 lead in the second set, but a kill by Emily Stockman put the Shocks up 9-8. The teams traded points until a Shocker hitting error put Rice up 15-13. An Owl service ace increased the lead to 19-16, but the Shockers tied it at 20 after a Rice hitting error. A kill by Stephanie Tokarz gave WSU a 23-21 advantage and the Shocks held on to win 25-23.

Rice jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third set, but the Shocks came back to tie it at five with a block. A Rice hitting error put WSU up 10-7 and another error increased it to 15-10. An Angela Jakubov kill put the Shocks up 23-15 and WSU won 25-15 on a Rice ball handling error.

An Owl hitting error gave WSU an early 10-7 lead in the fourth set, but a Shocker hitting error made the score 16-14. WSU went back up 21-16 after a Rice hitting error and WSU won the set 25-20 with a block by Stockman and Hooper.

The Shockers will meet the winner of Texas-Lamar at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Article courtesy of Wichita State athletics.

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