Wichita State relishes in its home-court advantage

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) -- The Wichita State Shockers Volleyball team watched Sunday night as their school was called as one of the host sites, a first in school history.

The Shockers accrued a lot of other firsts throughout the 2017 season: first time playing in the AAC, first 20-0 season in the AAC, and first 29-set win streak.

Head Coach Chris Lamb said they're riding the momentum of those firsts into the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

"For us to have a win streak, for us to have this many sets that we've won in a row, this team is playing volleyball at a high level," he said. "I just use my numbers to say that I'm pretty proud of how they've been able to make adjustments and proud of finding a way to 25 before our opponents."

Lamb said he doesn't buy into home-court advantage, as his team has played at a high level on the road, but they deserve to play at home in front of friends and family.

"We did something to earn the right to be here and that doesn't come around, as you all know, very often."

Senior Middle Blocker Abbie Lehman could barely contain her excitement on Thursday after practice.

"For some reason, I thought today was supposed to be gameday and I woke up so excited, and I can't wait for tomorrow."

The Shockers take on Radford (25-4, 13-3 Big South) Friday night at 8:00 in the first round.

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