Shocker volleyball on road to Texas A&M Invitational

After their trip to Honolulu last weekend, the Wichita State volleyball team gears up for the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas, Friday and Saturday.

The Shockers will go head-to-head with Abilene Christian (0-3) at 11 a.m. Friday, with New Mexico State (3-1) at 7 p.m., and Texas A&M (1-1) noon Saturday.

Coming off of two wins against Oregon State and No. 18 Hawaii, and a loss to Idaho, the Shockers had one practice Wednesday to prepare for the tournament.

“We didn’t do much about changing anything this week, we just came to practice to compete,” head coach Chris Lamb said. “With only being able to have one practice due to the travelling in this part of our schedule, we felt this was the smartest way to handle it.”

Lamb said the Hawaii tournament showcased the Shocker’s defensive play and that they thrived on converting digs to swings.

WSU’s biggest threat in the coming tournament will be New Mexico State — Lamb expects the team to have 22 to 25 wins this year — as well as Texas A&M, which has every starter returning this season, he said.

Players to watch on the opposing side of the net this week include A&M’s Abbie McGee, outside hitter, along with New Mexico State’s outside hitter Gwen Murphy.

Recently receiving the Hawaii All-Tournament Team award, as well as Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, sophomore outside hitter Abbie Lehman strives to go 3-0 this weekend and get a block per game.

“I am honored to get these awards. It’s something that makes me want to be better each week and to constantly work toward,” Lehman said.

Setter Emily Hiebert received a team high of 43 assists against Hawaii last week.

“To maintain our winning record, we will have to keep being scrappy and play together,” she said. “As a setter it’s my job to keep everyone’s confidence up.”

After a 2014 season with no seniors, seniors Maryashton Floyd, (OH), and Katie Reilly, middle blocker, lead the squad.

“When we were younger we learned from the older girls,” Floyd said. “They taught us what the standard was, and we have taken on that responsibility now on and off of the court. If practices start to die, we try to be the ones to pick the energy back up.”

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