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At the end of the fourth set, the Wichita State Shockers huddle together momentarily. The volleyball team won against the Sooners in their first match since 2012 on Aug. 17.

Volleyball drops two matches and win one in Under Armour Challenge

Jacinda Hall, Podcast Editor August 28, 2023

Wichita State volleyball lost two out of three matches during the Under Armour challenge in Lubbock, Texas over the weekend.  Despite losing two of their matches, a few players set new career heights,...

Keenan Lee, a senior studying computer science, plays League of Legends during the Esports Hub Open House. The event was hosted by Campus Recreation in the Heskett Center on Aug. 23.

Esports open house introduces students to competitive college gaming

Jacob Unruh, Reporter August 25, 2023

About two dozen new and returning students huddled around big screens in the Heskett Center esports hub for informal Rocket League and Super Smash Brothers Ultimate tournaments. Campus Recreation...

Outside hitter Brylee Kelly celebrates with her team after a successful play.

Brylee Kelly named Volleyball Preseason Conference Co-Player of the Year

Jacob Unruh, Reporter August 23, 2023

Wichita State volleyball outside hitter Brylee Kelly was picked as an American Athletic Conference Preseason Co-Player of the Year. Kelly, a redshirt senior, is the first Shocker volleyball player to...

After completing the doubles matches, the WSU tennis team gathers for a team huddle.

Wichita State men’s tennis adds two players to their roster

Melanie Rivera-Cortez, Sports Editor August 22, 2023

Wichita State’s head tennis coach Darragh Glavin added Marcelo Sepulveda and Vanja Hodzic to his roster for the fall season. Sepulveda is a graduate transfer from Florida Gulf Coast University. He...

Redshirt Junior Morgan Stout dominates by the net with a stellar spike against OU at Charles Koch Arena, Aug 17, 2023.

Stout leads volleyball to a win in Oklahoma exhibition match

Melanie Rivera-Cortez, Sports Editor August 18, 2023

Volleyball kicked off the year with a win in an exhibition match against Oklahoma at Charles Koch Arena.   The Shockers won in five sets (25-12), (20-25), (23-25), (25-11), (15-9). Morgan Stout...

Director of Athletics Kevin Saal shows The Shocker Way document, which the athletics department uses to achieve its mission. The Shocker Way outlines three components: core values, student athletic experience, and competitve excellence. These are things that have been a part of our program for the last year - our Shocker way, Saal said.

AD Kevin Saal ‘excited for what lies ahead’

Melanie Rivera-Cortez, Sports Editor August 17, 2023

After his first year as athletic director at Wichita State, Kevin Saal is pleased with the amount of progress that has been made in the athletics department but understands that there is a lot of work...

Angie Smith, director of operations, social media and corporate fulfillment for the Wichita Thunder hockey team, listens to a local reporter ask about getting into the sports scene in Wichita.

Women in sports discuss career challenges, offer advice

Mia Hennen, Editor in Chief August 14, 2023

A panel of women in sports all said they had no idea they'd end up where they did in Wichita sports. Now, they're working in a variety of positions, from minor league to college-level sports. Three...

The Shocker volleyball team gathers one more time after their 3 - 1 victory over Memphis on Nov. 26, 2022.

Shocker volleyball releases promotional schedule for 2023

Jacinda Hall, Podcast Editor August 9, 2023

Shocker Volleyball has released its promotional schedule for 2023. This schedule includes giveaways, theme nights and ticket discounts.  There are 13 promotional nights for the Wichita State volleyball...

Shocker fans celebrate from the crowd at the mens basketball game against Mizzou at Charles Koch Arena on Nov. 29.

Men’s basketball non-conference schedule highlighted by renewed in-state rivalries

Trinity Ramm, Reporter August 1, 2023

Just ahead of their departure for Greece, Wichita State men’s basketball has announced their full non-conference schedule. The Shockers will first suit up for an exhibition game in Charles Koch Arena...

Small forward Jordan Parks huddles together with the rest of his team during a timeout during the game against Heartfire. The AfterShocks lost, 76-53.

Aftershocks routed in quarterfinals, break TBT attendance record

Mia Hennen, Editor in Chief July 26, 2023

After a three-year winning streak in Charles Koch Arena, the AfterShocks fell to Team Heartfire, 76-53. After starting the first few minutes of the Tuesday night game with a lead on Heartfire, the AfterShocks...

AfterShocks point guard Tyrus McGee looks to shoot during the game against Team Arkansas on July 23. The AfterShocks won, 63-59.

AfterShocks defeat Team Arkansas, prepare for quarterfinals

Mia Hennen, Editor in Chief July 23, 2023

Now with three games won, the AfterShocks say they still haven’t played their best game offensively. On Sunday afternoon, No. 1 seed AfterShocks won against No. 3 seed Team Arkansas, 63-59.  “In...

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