MORGANTOWN, W. VA. - Baylor volleyball (16-6, 4-2 Big 12) powered through the West Virginia Mountaineers (11-10, 2-5 Big 12), 25-22, 25-16, 22-25, 25-21, on Saturday afternoon in the WVU Coliseum.
BU notched 11.0 blocks, the highest blocking output by the Bears in Big 12 play this season, led by seven from Camryn Freiberg.
In the first frame, after trailing at 13-9, the Bears used an 8-2 run to take a two point lead at 17-15. The Bears kept the lead through the back half of the set, closing out the frame on a kill by Katie Staiger.
In the second, the Bears dominated from start to finish, cruising to a 25-16 victory, taking the 2-0 lead in the match.
In the third set, the Bears fought back from a 23-19 deficit, forcing three WVU errors to pull to within one at 23-22. The Mountaineers notched back-to-back kills to clinch the set, forcing the fourth.
In the fourth, BU and WVU traded points through the first half of the set, with Baylor using a 6-2 run to take control. A late push from the Mountaineers cut the lead to three at 22-19, but the Bears pushed back to clinch the 25-21 fourth set win and the match.
• Katie Staiger logged a match-high 18 kills with a .277 attack percentage.
• Morgan Reed recorded a match-high 42 assists.
• BU, led by a match-high 24 digs from Jana Brusek, held the edge in digs, 55-51.
• Camryn Freiberg led the blocking effort for the Bears, dropping in seven kills for BU.
QUOTE OF THE MATCH
“Always glad to get a win on the road anywhere in the Big 12. I was disappointed that we didn’t play sharp down the stretch and finish that off in three. Camryn was able to do some good things on offense and defense and help us close it out. Jana did a good job of digging out their attacks and keeping us on top.” –Baylor head coach Ryan McGuyre
STAT OF THE DAY
11.0 – the number of team blocks for the Bears, the first time Baylor has logged double-digit blocks in a Big 12 match since Nov. 7, 2015 against West Virginia in Waco.
Baylor continues on the road to face the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames, Iowa on Wednesday, Oct. 19.