Wichita State 3, Nevada
Wichita State 3, Nevada 0ÂDec. 3, 2004
Lincoln, Neb. - The Wichita State Shockers defeated Nevada 3-0 (30-16, 30-24, 30-20) in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at the NU Coliseum in Lincoln, Neb., on Friday. The Shockers (25-5) will face the winner of the match between top-seeded Nebraska and Iona in second-round action Saturday at 7 p.m. (CST).
Jen Ray finished with a game-high 10 kills for Wichita State, which was making its NCAA Tournament debut. Sara Younes and Darci Vohs tallied eight kills for the Shockers, who hit .319 for the match. Younas also recorded six of the Shockers' eight aces.
Salaia Salave'a led Nevada (21-10) with nine kills as the Wolfpack was held to .118 hitting for the match. The Wolf Pack are now winles in four NCAA Tournament appearances.
In game one, Wichita State jumped out to a quick 7-2 advantage and enjoyed a comfortable lead for the rest of the game as Nevada was never able to pull any closer than within four points. Leading 22-16, Younes stepped to the service line for the Shockers and recorded five aces - including the final point - in closing out the Wolfpack, 30-16.
The teams went back-and-forth in game two before WSU grabbed control of the game and the match. With the game tied at 11-11, Wichita State won five of the next six points before Nevada closed the gap to 16-14 on kills by Salave'a and Vohs. The Shockers responded and extended their lead to 26-20 before claiming game two, 30-24.
Wichita State carried its momentum over to game three, where the Shockers jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in the 30-20 win. Nevada was held to .097 hitting in the game, while WSU hit at a .348 mark in cruising to the victory.