Volleyball sweeps Samford, claims two victories

Grant Cohen

Wichita State volleyball did not get the victory they were hoping for on Saturday, losing to No. 3 Texas 3-1. 

The Shockers did not leave Fort Collins, Colorado, empty-handed, finishing with a sweep against the Samford Bulldogs on Sunday. The sweep put WSU at a 2-1 record for the tournament, defeating Colorado State in three sets on Thursday. 

Junior middle blocker Abbie Lehman helped the Shockers jump out to an early 10-4 lead in the first set with consecutive kills. Samford went on a 6-0 scoring run to cut the Shockers’ lead to 20 to 18. The Shockers managed to hold off the Bulldogs’ run, finishing the first set 25 to 19. 

The Bulldogs took a 10-9 lead early in set two until the Shockers went on a 10-0 scoring run, giving WSU a 19-10 lead. WSU closed out Samford in set two 25-16, scoring four out of their final five points off of four Bulldog errors. 

WSU closed out the Bulldogs by going on a 6-0 scoring run to take a 17-9 lead in set three, scoring off of four straight Samford errors. Back-to back kills from Lehman and junior outside hitter Mikaela Raudsepp helped the Shockers finish off the Bulldogs 25-15 in the third set, giving WSU their fifth win of the season. 

Lehman scored off 11 kills on Sunday, having .667 attacking percentage. Senior outside hitter Jody Larson capped off her All-Tournament Team honors with 10 kills off of a .400 hitting percentage. 

Junior setter Emily Hiebert also earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team at the Colorado State Challenge, coming up with 32 assists and nine digs in Sunday’s win. Hiebert added five kills off 10 total attacks and an error. 

WSU hit a team average of .429 with 44 kills. They committed eight attack errors on offense. 

Raudsepp added to the Shocker’s hitting percentage, scoring off seven kills from a .583 attacking percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Tabitha Brown also added seven kills in the  victory. 

The Shockers forced the Bulldogs to hit an average of.150 on Sunday with 19 attack errors. 

Samford had 11 attack errors in the third set, leading to a zero percent hitting percentage in the final set. 

Freshman libero Giorgia Civita had 13 of the Shocker’s 44 team digs while Lehman had a team-high six blocks. 

Samford’s Erin Bognar led both teams with 16 kills and a .371 attacking percentage. Ericka Pifer had 20 assists and Taylor Anderton had 10 assists for the Bulldogs loss.

WSU (5-3) will travel to San Antonio, Texas, for the Roadrunners Roundup for the final nonconference tournament of the season. 

The Shockers will play two games on Friday; starting with Texas Tech at 9 a.m. followed by Texas State at 3 p.m. WSU will conclude the match against tournament host, University of Texas, at noon Saturday.