Dec. 4, 2009

Courtesy of Wichita State Athleitcs

AMES, Iowa -
Wichita State advanced to the second round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament with a 3-1 win over No. 22 Saint Louis.  The Shockers (26-6) won by scores of 25-20, 25-21, 18-25 and 25-16.

Emily Stockman led the Shockers with 16 kills and 19 digs, while Amanda Backes added 12 kills.  Mary Elizabeth Hooper had 43 assists and Melissa Granville added 21 digs.

The Shockers jumped out to a quick 6-3 lead in the first set after a kill by Amanda Backes.  Back-to-back WSU blocks increased the lead to 12-7, but SLU pulled to within 17-14 after three-straight kills.  Kills from Kim Wadsworth and Katie Niggemeyer gave WSU a 21-14 advantage, but SLU responded with three-straight kills to make the score 21-17.  Back-to-back kills by Emily Stockman brought the Shockers to set point at 24-19 and a kill by Sarah McGee won the set 25-20.

Three-straight Shocker blocks, three by McGee with two assists from Backes and one from Stockman, gave WSU an early 6-2 lead in the second set.  Another block by McGee and Backes made the score 8-4, but SLU responded with a 4-0 run to tie it at eight. A Stockman kill and McGee and Backes block put the Shocks back in front 16-13, but the Billikens took a 20-19 lead after back-to-back WSU hitting errors.  A kill by Katie Niggemeyer put the Shocks back in front 21-20 and WSU won the set 25-21 after kills from Stockman and McGee.

The teams battled back-and-forth in the third set until a kill by Backes put the Shocks in front 12-9.  Back-to-back WSU hitting errors and a SLU kill tied the score at 13 and three-straight kills by the Billikens put SLU up 17-14.  SLU finished the set on an 11-4 run to win 25-18.

A Backes kill gave WSU a quick 8-4 lead in the fourth set, but the Billikens were able to cut it to 9-7 after a WSU hitting error.  Two more Stockman kills gave the Shocks a 12-7 advantage and WSU increased the lead to 20-12 after another Stockman kill.  A 3-0 run by the Billikens pulled SLU to within 20-15, but the Shockers closed out the set on a 5-1 run to win 25-16.

The Shockers will take on the winner of the Iowa State-George Mason match at 6:30 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 5.