Shockers prepare for volleyball powerhouse USC
Southern Cal is the next opponent for Wichita State's volleyball team, which is riding the high of its first-ever NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance.
Junior middle blocker Ashley Andrade led the way for the Shockers in a comeback victory of No. 20 Kansas. On Tuesday, Andrade was named National Player of the Week by Volleyball Update.
At a news conference Tuesday, Andrade said she and her teammates are not intimidated by all the big names remaining in the tournament bracket.
"It's all, you know, BYU, Oregon, Florida, Texas," Andrade said. "Wichita State, who's that? We'll show you who we are on Friday."
Aside from BYU, a perennial volleyball power, Wichita State is the only remaining team that is not from a BCS conference.
"All the other dreamers of the Sweet 16, they're no longer on our wave," said Coach Chris Lamb. "We're the only team that has this feeling right now."
USC entered the tournament as the nation's No. 4 team. The Shockers and the Trojans play at 5 p.m. Friday in Austin, Texas. The match will be televised on ESPN3. The other half of the Austin regional final bracket matches Florida and Texas.