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Men’s tennis duo takes doubles title in opener

Men’s tennis duo takes doubles title in opener

Sports Reporter

September 17, 2012

Wichita State men’s tennis coach Brad Louderback wanted to have his team mentally prepared for the fall season. “We started practice a week earlier than I was going to so we would be ready for this tournament,” he said. “I expect all of them to do well; I think all of them are excited to see...

Shocker softball to host alumni game Saturday

Sports Reporter

September 13, 2012

Wichita State will bring back memories Saturday afternoon when the softball team will host its annual alumni game. The game will start at 2 p.m. at Wilkins Stadium on the WSU campus. It will feature a friendly exhibition game between the current WSU softball players and the WSU alumnae who played on pa...

A fall baseball teaser with junior Erik Harbutz

A fall baseball teaser with junior Erik Harbutz

Sports reporter

September 12, 2012

With the annual Fall World Series coming up on Sept. 29, the Wichita State baseball team is getting back on the field. Junior Erik Harbutz talked with The Sunflower about his shoulder surgery from April 2011, the Fall World Series, baseball and his love of the Boston Red Sox.    What is the Fall Wor...

Shocker volleyball takes home SMU tourney title

Editor-in-Chief

September 10, 2012

With conference play next on the agenda, the Wichita State volleyball team picked a good time to catch fire.  The Shockers spent the weekend in Dallas at the SMU Doubletree Classic, hosted by Southern Methodist University.  WSU (6-3) defeated all three of its opponents to win the tournament championshi...

Fantasy football not just for the boys

Sports reporter

September 10, 2012

Watching sports is a big part of my life, a concept not many people understand. Especially when football is the topic at hand. I mean, I’m a girl, so what do I know about the pigskin? Do I really spend my weekends in the fall watching a split-screen TV, only to spend the rest of the year getting my...

Volleyball takes to Lone Star State for SMU Classic

Sports Reporter

September 6, 2012

The Shockers weren’t satisfied with their recent home stand, but they won’t have to worry about winning at Koch Arena again for two weeks. Not that winning will be any easier against their slate of upcoming opponents. With a challenging early-season schedule, Wichita State will travel to Dallas f...

Women’s tennis ready to defend another MVC title

Women’s tennis ready to defend another MVC title

Sports Reporter

September 6, 2012

Fresh off winning its fourth consecutive Missouri Valley Conference title, the Wichita State women’s tennis team is preparing for the start of its fall season. The quest to defend that title begins with its singles match at the Drake Invite on Sept. 14. “We’ve got a challenging fall individual sch...

Sports Briefs – 9/5/2012

September 5, 2012

Tuliamuk breaks meet record as Shocker men and women win J.K. Gold Classic Senior cross-country athlete Aliphine Tuliamuk was named the Missouri Valley Conference cross-country athlete of the week on Tuesday.  Tuliamuk set a meet record at the J.K. Gold Classic on Saturday to open the Shockers’ sea...

Shocker volleyball shows its potential after solid weekend against nationally-ranked competition

Editor-in-Chief

September 5, 2012

Only a fine line separates Wichita State (3-3) from being 5-1 and nationally ranked.  That line is a pair of five-set losses to BYU and Tennessee at the Shocker Volleyball Classic.  The Shockers hosted three high-profile teams over the weekend, going 1-2 in those matches to get their season record to .500.  “Playi...

Volleyball ready to host first home games of young season

Sports Editor

August 29, 2012

Lots of collegiate athletics fans don't realize that volleyball has RPI rankings just like college basketball does. RPI stands for Ratings Percentage Index and is “a quantity used to rank sports teams based upon a team's wins and losses and its strength of schedule.” In volleyball, just like basket...

Cross country ready to run toward MVC title

Cross country ready to run toward MVC title

Sports Editor

August 29, 2012

Many people don’t realize how much of a team sport cross country actually is. Sure, each athlete runs the race on their own, but the top-five finishers for each school have their places added together to compile a team score. Both the men and women’s cross-country teams at Wichita State are looki...

Cheerleaders are athletes, but cheerleading isn’t a sport

Cheerleaders are athletes, but cheerleading isn’t a sport

Sports Reporter

August 27, 2012

After Quinnipiac University attempted to eliminate its volleyball team and use its cheerleading team as a substitute for Title IX, the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled cheerleading not a varsity sport. This doesn’t end the ongoing debate, however.  “To me, the way people perceive cheer...