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MVC volleyball tiebreakers

Shocker fans, cheer for those Salukis.

Wichita State volleyball clinched one of the top two spots in the MVC Tournament on Saturday. On Friday, it can clinch at least a share of its first MVC regular-season title since 2008 with a win at Missouri State. Finishing in the top two means the Shockers start the tournament in the semifinals, playing a team that played in a quarterfinal the previous day.

Should WSU (14-3 MVC) and Northern Iowa (13-3) tie, the MVC will go to its second tiebreaker – a points system based on wins against other teams.

For example, a road win against the third-place team is worth 16 points and a home win worth 15. Fourth place – 14 and 13; fifth 12 and 11…

Friday’s Illinois State at Southern Illinois match could be crucial to deciding the top seed.

WSU split with SIU, losing on the road. The Saluki swept UNI. On the other hand, UNI swept Illinois State. The Shockers split with Illinois State.

Entering Friday’s matches, SIU (11-5) is ahead of Illinois State (10-6). While WSU travels to MSU to end the regular season, UNI plays home matches against Loyola and Bradley. A Panthers loss, while not likely, would also give WSU the top seed if it can win

Chasing around MVC volleyball

Wichita State middle Elizabeth Field spikes against Kansas in the 2012 NCAA Tournament victory over the Jayhawks.

Like in men’s basketball, Missouri Valley Conference volleyball went to Creighton during the regular season. Then Wichita State stole the spotlight with its NCAA success. Creighton’s departure hurts MVC volleyball, although it doesn’t leave the gaping hole as it does in men’s basketball.

Wichita State, Northern Iowa and Missouri State are more established programs with longer histories of success than Creighton, which made its first NCAA appearance in 2010 and won its first MVC title in 2012. Southern Illinois appears to be on a fast track. While schools need to step up to replace Creighton, that possibility is not a near-impossibility as it appears in men’s hoops.

Valley volleyball hit a high last season in the NCAAs. WSU defeated Arkansas and Kansas before losing to Southern Cal in the Sweet 16. UNI swept Kansas State before losing to Nebraska. Creighton swept Marquette before losing to Minnesota.

Wichita State’s preview starts with middles Elizabeth Field and Ashley Andrade, seniors last seen denting the floor at Allen Fieldhouse.

A look around the MVC as the season begins:

Shocker volleyball in Texas

Wichita State libero Jackie Church.

WSU plays No. 6 Southern California at 5 p.m. Friday. No. 3 Texas plays No. 14 Floriday at 7 p.m. The winners meet Saturday at 8 p.m.

Texas plays in 4,000-seat Gregory Gymnasium.

Tickets available here. I’m sure WSU will get an allotment, as well.

Wichita State volleyball trivia for tickets

We have a winner – Sara Younes in 2004. Read More »

Wrapping up spring volleyball at Wichita State

Wichita State senior-to-be Jackie Church heads into the fall as the team's top libero.

Wichita State  ended its spring volleyball schedule last weekend with a scrimmage day against Kansas. As always, coach Chris Lamb used the spring to try new things and put players in unfamiliar positions. The Shockers played matches against Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and others. “I learned a lot,” Lamb said. “We had some failed experiments. We had some successful experiments.”

  • WSU’s back row will look different with the departure of Sarah Waldorf. Lamb is pleased with the work of Jackie Church, who should assume the libero role. Her defense is improved, Lamb said, and her serving and passing has always been a strong point. She is more assertive on defense, and Lamb said Kansas coach Ray Bechard called her the best defender in the gym last weekend.   Kelsey Banwart, Jordan Hinkle and Gaby Urban all made improvement. “We may go as far as our littles take us next year,” Lamb said. “They’re better than they were two months ago, but they need to get better. The talent is there. When I look at Jackie, I think she can be as good as any in the Valley.” Banwart, Hinkle and Urban, all sophomores-t0-be are behind Church and Lamb wants them to be more aggressive and defer less. Read More »

Wichita State’s banner king

WSU volleyball coach Chris Lamb.

Wichita State volleyball coach Chris Lamb should negotiate a banner bonus.

On Friday, the 2010 NCAA volleyball banner rolled down from the Koch Arena rafters. That’s No. 10 for the volleyball program, all from teams coached by Lamb. No WSU coach is responsible for more.  Read More »

Volleyball opening day around the MVC

In contrast to MVC sports such as men’s and women’s basketball and baseball, volleyball is booming. Four Valley schools played in the NCAA Tournament in 2010, the fifth straight season the conference earned at least one at-large spot.

Here is The Wichita Eagle/ preview for WSU, where liberos Sarah Waldorf and Jackie Church expect to play closer to amazing this season. The Shockers play Arizona tonight in Hawaii. Read More »

Wichita State headed to Hawaii

Wichita State’s volleyball team leaves for Hawaii on Tuesday, starting a stretch of three tournaments in which the Shockers will prove themselves worthy of an NCAA at-large spot, or drop back into the pack. The Shockers start with Arizona (Aug. 26) and No. 10 Hawaii (Aug. 27). The non-conference schedule also includes matches against No. 15 Colorado State, No. 16 Oklahoma (Sept. 14 at Koch Arena), Louisville and Mississippi.

Some thoughts from coach Chris Lamb: Read More »

We interrupt your spring for Shocker volleyball

WSU's Sarah Waldorf (4) and Jackie Church (10).

Some bullets from a few minutes with Wichita State volleyball coach Chris Lamb this morning to wrap up his team’s spring season. The Shockers played in four tournaments, facing competition such as Texas, Nebraska, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Kansas State, UMKC and Baylor. Results are secondary to the experimenting and shuffling that goes on in preparation for the fall.

  • Setter Mary Elizabeth Hooper (stress fractures) and middle Ashley Andrade (knee surgery) didn’t play in tournaments. Hooper did limited practicing, not jumping to protect her legs. Andrade didn’t practice. Read More »

Help with Wichita State volleyball

I am supposed to talk to Wichita State volleyball coach Chris Lamb on Wednesday to do the routine end-of-season story. I need help. Fire away with a question you would like Lamb to answer. I will include a few in the interview and post the answers.

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