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  • Shocks Head to UConn and Temple

    GoShockers.com Match Notes and Links.

    Wichita State volleyball begins a four-match American Athletic Conference road swing with contests at UConn and Temple Friday, Oct. 25, and Sunday, Oct. 27. Friday's match at UConn is slated for a 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m. ET) first serve, while Sunday's tilt at Temple is scheduled for noon CT (1 p.m. ET).

    About UConn
    The UConn Huskies enter the weekend at 8-12 overall and 2-6 in The American after dropping two road matches at Memphis, 3-2, and SMU, 3-0, Oct. 18 and 20...Through 20 contests, the Huskies are paced by sophomore outside hitter Caylee Parker (248 kills, 3.49 kills/set, 11 aces, 180 digs, 2.54 digs/set, four block solos, 20 block assists), redshirt sophomore setter Courtney Morris (544 assists, 8.24 assists/set, 12 aces, 133 digs, 2.02 digs/set, two block solos, 24 block assists) and redshirt junior Genna Florig (117 kills, 1.70 kills/set, 15 block solos, 52 block assists, 0.97 blocks/set)...Parker was named to The American Preseason All-Conference Team...UConn was picked to finish 11th in the AAC preseason poll...The Huskies are under the direction of first season head coach Ellen Herman-Kimball.

    About Temple
    The Temple University Owls come into the weekend at 10-9 overall and 1-7 in The American after losing two road contests at SMU, 3-0, and Memphis, 3-0, Oct. 18 and 20...Temple is slated to face Tulsa at home Friday before taking on the Shockers Sunday...After 19 matches, the Owls are led by sophomore outside hitter Gem Grimshaw (171 kills, 3.00 kills/set, 17 aces, 128 digs, 19 block assists), sophomore setter Tyler Lindgren (586 assists, 9.16 assists/set, 150 digs, two block solos, eight block assists), junior DS/libero Averi Salvador (304 digs, 4.75 digs/set, 79 assists, 10 aces) and freshman middle blocker Kayla Spells (five block solos, 48 block assists, 0.83 block/set, 79 kills)...Temple ranks third in The American in overall digs with 15.94 digs per set...Salvador is third in the conference in digs with 4.75 digs per set, while Lindgren is fourth in assists with 9.16 assists per set...The Owls were picked to finish eighth in The American preseason poll...Temple is under the leadership of ninth season head coach Bakeer Ganesharatnam.


    For perhpas the 1st time this season the Shocks have a reasonably good shot of taking both matches expecially if they can continue to play low error rate volleyball like thye did against USF. That said this Shokcer team is also susceptible to losing to just about any team in the AAC on any given day.

    Looking forward to see how the ladies react to picking up a win and playing better against USF.

  • #2
    Originally posted by 1972Shocker View Post
    For perhaps the 1st time this season the Shocks have a reasonably good shot of taking both matches ...
    Pablo: Shockers 64% at UConn and Temple 51% v the Shocks.

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    • #3
      RH: Shockers Start AAC Second Half

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      • #4
        UConn match is available on Huskies All-Access for $6.95.

        https://uconnhuskies.com/watch/purchase.aspx#register

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        • #5
          McKayla Wuensch is still out this weekend under the concussion protocol.

          Nicole and Sina are in the starting lineup. 5 true freshmen are in the starting lineup. Kayce, Sina, Nicole, Sophia and Arianna. Dmadj and Brooke are the starting middles. I assume one of the middles will come off when Arianna takes the floor at the start of the match.

          Dmadj comes off to start.
          Last edited by 1972Shocker; 2 weeks ago.

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          • #6
            Shockers at UConn

            Pre-match comments

            Happy with practice the last two weeks. Kayce's improvement and resulting improvement with the middles has brought more balance to the offense.

            The "best in the gym" changes from day-to-day, but overall, the Shocks are moving upward.

            Some positive remarks about Arianna.

            UConn has the talent, but lots of changes, so it is taking awhile to come together. Played SMU three very tough sets last weekend.

            McKayla not on the trip (concussion protocol) but may be available next weekend.

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            • #7
              Set One

              Five freshmen in the starting lineup including Sina and Nicole. Sophia, Arianna and Kayce are the other freshman along with Damadj and Brooke.

              Megan and Kora rotate in for Kayce and Sophia.

              6-4 before UConn goes on a run to 6-8.

              14-11 is the first three-point lead of the match.

              16-12 and UConn takes a TO.

              Nicole is 3-0-7 for .429.

              19-14 and another TO by the Huskies.

              21-16 is the first two-point "run" for UConn since reaching 6-8.

              A kill by Brooke ends the first set at 25-17.

              .351 v .156

              Sina with six kills - 6-0-10 for .600.

              Only Shocker hitting error was a Huskie block.
              Last edited by flyingMoose; 2 weeks ago.

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              • #8
                Neither team overly impressive to this point with Shocks leading 16-12.

                Shocks keeping there errors down for the 2nd match in a row (at least so far). Only 1 attack error vs 7 attack errors for UConn.

                Shocks win by 8. UConn had 9 attack errors - the Shocks only 1 which pretty much accounts for the scoring margin.

                Thought Kayce looked much better setting than Kora did in that set.

                After a slow start the Shocks finished with a Kill % of .378 which is solid for them and only 1 attack error which is very good as the Shocks outhit UConn .351 to .156.

                Megan not playing 6 rotations in this match so far.
                Last edited by 1972Shocker; 2 weeks ago.

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                • #9
                  Set Two

                  Hmm. It seems that supper will interfere for a bit.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by flyingMoose View Post
                    Set Two

                    Hmm. It seems that supper will interfere for a bit.
                    Shocks lead 16-12 forcing a UConn TO. Same as set 1. Shocks not quite as clean this set.

                    Shocks closing it 25-17 to duplicate the Set 1 score. Shocks outhit UConn .257 to .162. The Shocks had a service ace and 4 blocks while Uconn had a service ace but only 1 block. Kind of a meh set until the Shocks picked it up a bit late.

                    Megan has been pretty quiet in this match only hitting 2-1-10 = .100 otherwise pretty good balance and deccent numbers from everybody else.
                    Last edited by 1972Shocker; 2 weeks ago.

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                    • #11
                      Set Three

                      Shocks off to a poor start. Call timeout at 6-11.

                      Brylee Kelly, who has been struggling lately, and Chinelo have not seen the floor so far in this match.

                      UConn extends their lead to 17-11 Lambo uses his final timeout. Shocks can't get anything going this set offense hitting .037.

                      Uconn calls a TO after a couple of Shocker points but still lead 22-17.

                      UConn takes the set 25-20.

                      Not wild about this particular lineup. Chinelo did come in for a few plays late in Set 3. Shocks hit 12-8-42 = .095 in this set. UConn hit .234.
                      Last edited by 1972Shocker; 2 weeks ago.

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                      • #12
                        Set Four

                        Shocks change up the line up in Set 4. Emma Wright in for the 1st time tonight and Shock in a 5-1 with Kayce serving.

                        Shocks have jumped out to a 6-0 lead with 4 blocks. UConn takes a timeout.

                        Well maybe not in a 6-2 as Kora is in to serve. I though Kayce the match on the front line but I guess not.

                        Shocks extend their lead to 7-0 out of the timeout but the UConn has now pulled to within 2 at 13-11. Shocks simply do not have very much firepower. Shocks call timeout.

                        Shocks extend the lead back to 5 at 20-15 but UConn rallies to make it 20-18 and Lambo takes his final timeout.

                        UConn pulls to within 1 at 21-20 after a hitting error by Megan. A UConn service error, two blocks by Emma and a serivce ace by Arianna to close it out. Shocks win 25-20. Emma with a big blocking game in set 4.

                        Lambo said they did go to the 5-1 because hitters were scoring at a much higher rate with her serving.
                        Last edited by 1972Shocker; 2 weeks ago.

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                        • #13
                          Emma Wright to the rescue with 2 blocks.

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                          • #14
                            Stats:

                            .214 v .178

                            13 blocks v 6

                            Service 4/0 v 3/13

                            Sina 17-3-42 for .333 to lead the hitters

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                            • #15
                              Great to get another win. Not overly impressive with the Shocks tonight. Lambo very happy with the progress Kayce is making.

                              Lambo very happy with his teams attitudes and effort in practice the last couple of weeks. He said a lot of teams in their situation would have folded up their tents by now.

                              Temple lost Tulsa tonight in straight sets but it wasn't easy for Tulsa. Scores were 29-27. 26-24 and 27-25. Temple will probably be a much tougher challenge on Sunday. Would not be surprised to see the Shocker start in a 5-1.

                              UConn had 9 more kills than the Shocks but committed 10 more attack errors than the Shocks. UConn also had 13 service errors to none for the Shocks and the Shocks also outblocked UConn 13-6 thanks in a large part to Emma Wright's 6 blocks in the final set. Maybe we will see more Emma on Sunday.

                              Sina led the Shocker scoring with 17 kills with 4 errors while hitting .333. One of her better matches in a while. The Shocks need that a Megan was not as good tonight as she has been lately.

                              I think the Shocks will need to play a little better than tonight to get a win at Temple.

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