Wichita State Rallies Past UNI at MVC Tournament, 3-2
It marked only the ninth time in the history of the UNI program that the Panthers had a 2-0 lead and lost the match. UNI is now 648-9 all-time when leading a match, 2-0.
Wichita State (25-8 overall) advanced to its eighth MVC title match and was led by Katie Reilly's 12 kills. Dani Mostrom posted 23 digs.
UNI (19-14 overall) got a career-high 16 kills from junior Amie Held. Freshman Bri Weber also posted a career-high 28 digs. Junior Kayla Haneline notched 14 kills. Freshman Piper Thomas secured 12 kills.
UNI closed the first set on a 9-2 run to take a 25-15 victory. The Panthers outhit the Shockers in the opening set, .209-.000.
UNI built a 2-0 lead with a 25-23 victory in the second set. Wichita State led 9-6 but UNI posted and 8-0 run to take a 14-9 lead midway through the set. UNI would not relinquish the lead and secured the set on a kill from Thomas.
The Shockers turned the match around with victories in the third and fourth sets by the count of 25-17 and 25-11. WSU head coach Chris Lamb inserted freshman Shimen Fayed into the lineup in the third and she registered nine kills in the final three sets.
UNI took a 4-2 lead in the fifth and deciding set only to see Wichita State score five in a row to take a 7-4 lead. The Shockers closed the match on an 8-2 run and edged the Panthers, 15-7.