Baylor Volleyball Notches Big Wins over Washington State, Charleston

WACO, Texas – Baylor volleyball (10-4) earned two wins Saturday to win the 2016 Baylor Classic at the Ferrell Center. BU swept College of Charleston (7-5) and edged Washington State (10-2) to take home the tournament title.

 

With the tournament field sweep, Baylor is currently on a six-match win streak.

 

Baylor 3, Washington State 2 (25-23, 21-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-9)

 

Baylor earned a five-set win over Washington State on Saturday evening to cap off the tournament, 25-23, 21-25, 25-21, 22-25, 15-9. It’s the first win in the McGuyre era over a team who has received votes in the AVCA Coaches’ Poll.

 

BU jumped out to a 6-1 lead behind the serving of freshman Tara Wulf, prompting an early Cougar timeout. The Bears held off a late WSU run, taking the opening frame 25-23.

 

Baylor got off to a strong start in the second set for a 7-4 lead, but WSU went on a series of runs to create separation in the middle of the set. The Bears could never recover, dropping set two, 25-21.

 

Set three was tightly contested, and Baylor was forced to burn a timeout after three straight hitting errors dropped the Bears behind, 15-11. BU clawed its way back into the frame with kills from redshirt junior Katie Staiger and sophomore Ashley Fritcher. A kill by senior Morgan Reed ended the third set for a 25-21 win and the 2-1 match advantage.

 

The Bears were outhit in the fourth frame .279-.068 and recorded eight kills and five errors as WSU ran away late to force a fifth set, 25-22.

 

BU took an early 6-3 lead in the fifth set, but the Cougars went on a 4-0 run to grab the lead at 7-6. After the changeover, sophomore Aniah Philo provided a spark for the Bears with three straight kills, and the Bears held WSU to one point the rest of the way, clinching the match in the decisive fifth set, 15-9.

 

Baylor 3, College of Charleston 0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-17)

 

Baylor opened the second day of the Baylor Classic with a sweep over College of Charleston, 25-23, 25-21, 25-17.

 

BU could not create any separation early in set one, but the Bears used back-to-back kills by redshirt junior Katie Staiger to claim a 23-21 edge. BU sealed the net to take the first frame, 25-23.

 

A kill by junior Camryn Freiberg got the Bears out to a 7-3 lead that they never relinquished in set two. Staiger snapped a late Charleston run with a kill to end set two, 25-21.

 

The Bears fell behind early in set three, but an ace by junior Jana Brusek tied up the set at 13-13 to bring BU back into the game. Baylor then went on a 4-0 run en route to a 25-17 third-set win for the sweep.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

·        Baylor wins its second straight Baylor Classic tournament title with a perfect 3-0 record this weekend. Washington State finished in 2nd (2-1), followed by the College of Charleston (1-2) and Virginia (0-3).

·        Katie Staiger (MVP) and Morgan Reed (Best Setter) earned all-tournament honors for BU. WSU’s Claire Martin (Best Blocker) and Kyra Holt (WSU) and Charleston’s McKala Rhodes (Best Libero) rounded out the all-tournament team.

·        Staiger posted two double-doubles this weekend, finishing with 45 kills and 32 digs in three matches, respectively.

·        Baylor hit .345 for 11 kills and one error in the decisive fifth set vs. Washington State.

·        Baylor’s current six-match winning streak dates back to Sept. 9 where BU swept Little Rock and Florida A&M on the road.

 

STAT OF THE DAY

90 - the amount of digs Baylor posted to win the Baylor Classic over Washington State.

 

WHAT’S NEXT

Baylor will host North Texas Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Ferrell Center. The match with the Mean Green will be the last nonconference home match for BU before starting Big 12 play.


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