Sports in brief — Sept. 24

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Sports in brief — Sept. 24

Fans cheer on the Shockers after winning a point on Friday evening at Koch Arena. (Sept. 21, 2018)

Fans cheer on the Shockers after winning a point on Friday evening at Koch Arena. (Sept. 21, 2018)

Joseph Barringhaus

Fans cheer on the Shockers after winning a point on Friday evening at Koch Arena. (Sept. 21, 2018)

Joseph Barringhaus

Joseph Barringhaus

Fans cheer on the Shockers after winning a point on Friday evening at Koch Arena. (Sept. 21, 2018)

Women's Cross Country runners compete in the 4000 M during the J.K. Gold Classic, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.

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Women’s Cross Country runners compete in the 4000 M during the J.K. Gold Classic, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.

Winny leads XC — Sophomore Winny Koskei led the women’s cross country team to a second-place finish at the Chile Pepper Invitational, hosted Saturday at the University of Arkansas. Koskei placed third, and redshirt junior Rebekah Topham placed fifth. WSU finished with four runners in the top 50.

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Wichita State Men’s Cross Country run the 6000 M during the J.K. Gold Claassic, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.

Men finish fifth — WSU’s men finished fifth at the Chile Pepper Invitational. Three Shockers finished in the top 35 of the 8K, which featured 440 athletes. Redshirt junior Zack Penrod placed twentieth in the competition.

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Wichita State’s Giorgia Civita yells after winning a point during their game against Tulane on Friday evening at Koch Arena. (Sept. 21, 2018)

Volleyball sitting on top — WSU volleyball is tied for first place in the American Athletic Conference after the opening week of conference play. WSU, along with Tulsa and Southern Methodist, started with a 2-0 conference record. Tulsa has the best record in the AAC at 9-4. WSU is 7-6 with all losses on the road and three losses to teams ranked inside the top 10 of the AVCA poll.

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Wichita State’s Bailee Nickerson hits a pitch during their game against Avila on Saturday afternoon at Wilkins Stadium. (Sept. 22, 2018)

Softball blasts runs — WSU softball finished the opening weekend of their fall schedule with two wins. Against Avila on Saturday, WSU blasted 19 runs. Six Shockers had two or more hits. Senior Bailey Lange led with three RBIs in WSU’s 13-2 win over Crowder on Sunday.

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Wichita State senior Taryn Torgerson golfs in the MVC Preview in Oct. 16, 2017.

Teeing off — WSU women’s golf will compete at the Coeur D’Alene Invitational Monday and Tuesday. The tournament features 17 teams. This is the second tournament for the women this season. WSU finished fourth as a team at the Payne Stewart Memorial.