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Volleyball in Oklahoma

Wichita State heads to Norman on Friday for the NCAA Tournament.



LSU vs. Tulsa, 5 p.m.

Wichita State at Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m. Read More »

Shocker volleyball No. 32 in RPI

Wichita State’s volleyball team is No. 32 in the NCAA’s first look at its RPI rankings. The improvement of the Missouri Valley Conference is showing up in the rankings. Northern Iowa is No. 4, leading seven MVC teams in the top 80. In 2009, five MVC teams finished in the top 100.

WSU owns a win over No. 19 Oklahoma. The 3-2 loss to Miami (Fla.), ranked No. 24, stings a little more today. The Shockers led that match 2-1 before losing in the first tournament of the season.

This weekend’s road trip offers two chances for WSU to win good RPI games – the Shockers play at No. 46 Drake and at No. 55 Creighton.

Break for Wichita State volleyball

Classes start today at Wichita State, giving the volleyball team the day off after a week-plus of two-a-days. When practice resumes Friday, coach Chris Lamb wants to do some serious work on settling his unsettled lineups. Read More »

WSU picked third in MVC volleyball poll

Third is exactly where the Shockers figured go in the MVC preseason volleyball coaches poll. How many teams losing five seniors would start the next season with those expectations?

Not many.

Middle Sarah McGee and setter Mary Elizabeth Hooper were named to the preseason All-MVC team. Defending champion Northern Iowa is your favorite.

Wichita State volleyball starts practice

The practice gym at Koch Arena is filled with busy players and gizmos, just like Wichita State volleyball coach Chris Lamb wants it. The Shockers, coming off another NCAA Tournament appearance, opened practice with two sessions on Monday. Lamb got his first look of the fall at his 20 players. Read More »

Volleyball schedule is out

WSU announces its volleyball schedule. The Shockers open the season at Oklahoma on Aug. 27.

Wednesday at Koch Arena

  • Melissa Granville and Stephanie Tokarz are practicing. Health returns to the volleyball team. The Shockers leave today for Ames, Iowa.
  • Assistant basketball coach Earl Grant mentioned a series with Tulsa after Monday’s game. The official stance is “working toward it.” Nothing is signed.
  • First Alcorn State coach Larry Smith. Next is Texas Southern assistant Nick Van Exel. It’s NBA week at Koch Arena.
  • Northern Colorado is 7-0 after a win over Colorado State. Former Shocker assistant Tad Boyle also has wins over Hawaii and Air Force. The Bears play at Oklahoma on Dec. 19.
  • Good for Indiana coach Tom Crean. On topic, can we ditch the “You still suck…” chant after the opposing team makes a free throw at Koch Arena. Something clever is available, I just know it.
  • Without doing exhaustive research, I will install Evansville’s Colt Ryan as the leader for MVC freshman of the year. He is top five in the MVC in minutes played (No. 1), steals (No. 1) and assists (No. 5) and ranks ninth in scoring (14.2 ppg) and 13th in rebounding (5.4). Might get an argument from Drake’s Ben Simons.

WSU volleyball in the NCAA Tournament

The Shockers play Saint Louis on Friday in Ames, Iowa. Here is Iowa State’s tournament page, with ticket information.

NCAA volleyball RPI out

Wichita State is No. 32 in the NCAA’s first release of its RPI ranking. Northern Iowa is No. 41 and Missouri State No. 43. Creighton is No. 108. Three MVC teams rank in the top 50 and four (SIU is No. 87) are in the top 100. Eight of the 10 MVC schools are in the top 150.

A win over No. 59 North Carolina ranks as WSU’s best. Louisville, Oklahoma, Rice and South Carolina are all top 100 teams.

What does that mean as far as an NCAA Tournament resume? I can’t find RPI entering past tournaments, but I can locate final RPI for the past three seasons, which should give us a good idea of where teams were on selection day. WSU appears to be very much in the picture, should it need an at-large spot. The Shockers have a few chances for more good wins, and they can’t afford many more losses.

  • In 2008, WSU finished with a No. 19 RPI and Northern Iowa with a No. 48 (after the season). Both received at-large bids. Three MVC teams ranked in the top 50.
  • In 2007, WSU finished No. 38. Missouri State (No. 41) and Illinois State (No. 52) also received at-large bids. Five MVC teams finished the season ranked No. 56 or better.
  • In 2006, MSU ended the season No. 41 after the tournament. WSU, which did not receive an at-large bid, finished the season ranked No. 52.

Signing day

The men’s and women’s basketball signatures are in hand. weighs in with the opinion that WSU point guard signee Kenny Manigault is the top recruit in the Valley. Read More »