Volleyball still searching for signature win


Joseph Barringhaus

Wichita State Volleyball celebrates after winning a point against Iowa State on Sunday afternoon at Koch Arena. (Sept. 17, 2017)

Wichita State volleyball is sporting a losing record for the first time this season. It’s the first time the Shockers have had a losing record since starting the 2016 season with a loss.

Head Coach Chris Lamb is still searching for a signature win against marquee competition.

“We don’t have a top 50 win, but everybody we’ve got is No. 25 to No. 1,” Lamb said in his radio show Monday.

Saturday, the Shockers lost to No. 14 Cal Poly in their final game of their four-week-long road stretch. Friday, WSU also lost in the first game of a double-header to Stephen F. Austin.

Of WSU’s six losses this season, four of those teams were ranked in the top 25 of the AVCA Coaches Poll. Iowa State, who defeated WSU a week ago, received enough votes in the poll to rank No. 26.

Brigham Young and Stanford, who each defeated WSU, are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the poll.

“We built this schedule for what it’s going to look like two months from now — not right now,” Lamb said.

WSU will finally return to Koch Arena for their first home games of the season on Friday and Sunday.

“We feel like we’ve just been let out of a cage,” Lamb said of his schedule opening up to unranked Tulane and Memphis, who visit WSU next weekend.

Opportunity is slim for the Shockers to capture a marquee win. With American Athletic Conference play on the horizon, only Cincinnati, who finished second in the AAC’s preseason poll, has received votes in the AVCA Coaches Poll this year.

Last season, the Shockers went 20-0 in their inaugural season in the AAC.