The Sunflower

Shockers’ offensive struggles continue in loss to Houston

Shockers’ offensive struggles continue in loss to Houston

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

October 11, 2019

Everything was clicking for the Shockers in the first set of their match against Houston on Friday. Redshirt sophomore Megan Taflinger came out firing with nine first set kills on 1o total attempts. A trio of Sina Uluave, Brylee Kelly, and Chinelo Ogogor combined for eight kills, while the team's hitting...

Taflinger, Shockers grateful for upcoming homestand

Taflinger, Shockers grateful for upcoming homestand

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

October 11, 2019

The Wichita State volleyball team has already knocked out a chunk of their season. They are 16 games in, and according to redshirt sophomore Megan Taflinger, their bodies have been taking a beating. It wasn’t an easy start to the season for the Shockers. They played five top-25 ranked opponents,...

Redshirt year proves vital for Brylee Kelly

Redshirt year proves vital for Brylee Kelly

Kamilah Gumbs, Reporter

October 10, 2019

Redshirt freshman Brylee Kelly has been a breath of fresh air during Wichita State volleyball’s lackluster season. Kelly redshirted last year to gain some experience and develop as a player. She said her redshirt year was beneficial because she got to learn from other players, specifically Megan...

Director of marketing and fan engagement clarifies who he wants in the student section

Director of marketing and fan engagement clarifies who he wants in the student section

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

October 10, 2019

Reggie McIntyre grew up around passionate student sections. He was born in North Carolina, went to North Carolina State University for his undergraduate degree, and received his graduate degree from the University of Louisville. His current role with the Wichita State athletics department is director...

Shockers continue fall success with blowout win against Seminole State

Shockers continue fall success with blowout win against Seminole State

Sean Marty, Reporter

October 8, 2019

The Shocker softball team defeated Seminole State, an Oklahoma junior college, 16-4, in 10 innings Tuesday. With the win, the Shockers improved their fall season record to 5-1. Wichita State fell behind early as the Trojans tallied a run in the top of the first inning. The Shockers responded in the bo...

Shockers snap losing streak against Memphis, fall to SMU in weekend road trip

Shockers snap losing streak against Memphis, fall to SMU in weekend road trip

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

October 7, 2019

The Wichita State volleyball team split their matches during this weekend’s road trip to Memphis and Dallas. On Friday, the Shockers traveled to Memphis (11-3) and defeated the Tigers in five sets, 3-2. As a team, WSU outhit Memphis 61-58. They also tallied 16 blocks on the defensive side of the...

Shockers sweep weekend slate using roster depth

Shockers sweep weekend slate using roster depth

David Leon, Reporter

October 7, 2019

Wichita State softball improved their fall season record to 4-1 over the weekend with victories over Crowder Community College and Emporia State. The Shockers topped the Roughriders 17-5 Saturday and dispatched of the Hornets 5-1 Sunday. The Shockers’ lone loss of the fall season came at the hands...

3 takeaways from the Black and Yellow Scrimmage

3 takeaways from the Black and Yellow Scrimmage

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

October 7, 2019

Fans were able to witness basketball for the first time this school year inside Charles Koch Arena on Saturday at the annual Black and Yellow Scrimmage, which featured both the women’s and men’s basketball teams. In the second year post-Shocker Madness, the women’s team decided to spice things...

Shockers make 2019-20 season debut at the Black and Yellow Scrimmage

Shockers make 2019-20 season debut at the Black and Yellow Scrimmage

Sean Marty, Reporter

October 6, 2019

For the first time this season, the Wichita State men’s and women’s basketball teams played in front of fans at the annual Black and Yellow Scrimmage.  Last season, both teams were marked with inexperience and each lost seniors heading into the offseason. Here’s a recap of what was seen at th...

Know the opponents: Shockers look to snap eight match losing streak during weekend road trip

Know the opponents: Shockers look to snap eight match losing streak during weekend road trip

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

October 4, 2019

Wichita State volleyball carries their eight match losing streak into a pair of matchups on the road against Memphis and Southern Methodist this weekend. The Shockers will first take on the Tigers on Friday at 7 p.m. The game against the Mustangs will take place on Sunday in Dallas. Here’s what’s...

Athletics campaign aims to up student buy-in, get ‘older folks’ out of student section

Athletics campaign aims to up student buy-in, get ‘older folks’ out of student section

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

October 3, 2019

Kylee Sorrells, a marketing and game day operations assistant for the Wichita State athletics department, spoke to the Student Government Association Wednesday to explain why the school’s student section is undergoing a rebranding campaign. Last week, the department announced a student section-naming con...

Wichita State survivors remember the significance of plane crash 49 years later

Wichita State survivors remember the significance of plane crash 49 years later

Marshall Sunner, Sports Editor

October 3, 2019

Bruce Gerleman looked out the window of his plane. What he saw wasn’t a pleasant sight. Oil was spilling from his plane’s engine. Wichita State was traveling to Logan, Utah, for a game against Utah State in the upcoming days. It was a clear and calm day, and Gerleman’s plane, the second of two...