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Wichita State Tops UT, 3-0

Sept. 13, 2013


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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- In the second meeting between the Wichita State Shockers and the Tennessee Lady Vols, the Shockers defeated UT (7-2) in straight sets, 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-13), on Friday at Thompson-Boling Arena to conclude the second night of the 2013 Comcast Lady Vol Classic.

"I have to commend Wichita State," head coach Rob Patrick said. "They played a very clean, great match. They really controlled the ball well throughout the match. They have quite a few seniors and a lot of experience on the court."

Senior Whitney Heeres , junior Carly Wishlow and freshman Ashley Mariani led the Lady Vols with seven kills apiece, while freshman Jamie Lea added four. Heeres hit at an even .300 clip. Sophomore Lexi Dempsey dished out 23 assists and added a team-leading eight digs.

"We were struggling and I just needed to be able to be consistent and not make errors," Heeres said. "I was trying to bring energy to the court. The younger players are thinking about other things, so I wanted to bring a lot of talk so they could focus on the things they needed to focus on."

"Whitney is a really consistent performer for us," Patrick said. "She keeps her errors at a low level. That's her job. It's not about how many kills she has, but reducing her errors and trying to put the team in a tough situation. She did that today. We needed a little more consistency all the way around, but she did a nice job."

Wichita State (7-1) forced eight Lady Vol errors and held UT to a .103 hitting percentage in the opening game, as the Shockers went on to take a 1-0 lead with a 25-16 win. Wishlow put down four kills during the set, while Lea added three for the Lady Vols.

The Shockers used accuracy to take a 17-7 advantage in the second stanza and went into the break with a 2-0 lead after a 25-12 victory in the set.

Tennessee battled back in the third set, tying with Wichita State at 4-4 before the Shockers went on a 4-0 run. WSU would end the set on an 8-0 run to take the game, 25--13, and match, 3-0.

Wichita State shutout ETSU, 3-0, in the first match on Friday. VCU defeated Austin Peay, 3-0, and ETSU had a 3-1 victory over Austin Peay.

Comcast Lady Vol Classic action resumes on Saturday morning when VCU takes on Wichita State at 10 a.m. ETSU will play Tennessee at 12:30 p.m. followed by Wichita State and Austin Peay at 4:30 p.m. UT concludes the event at 7 p.m. against VCU.

 

 

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