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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Baylor then went on a 4-0 run en route to a 25-17 third-set win for the sweep.
· 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.
STAT OF THE DAY
90 - the amount of digs Baylor posted to win the Baylor Classic over Washington State.
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.