NORMAN, OKLA - Baylor volleyball (21-9, 9-5 Big 12) came back from a big deficit to sink the Oklahoma Sooners (14-14, 5-10 Big 12), 25-21, 12-25, 21-25, 32-30, 15-11, Saturday afternoon at the McCasland Field House.
BU picked up the series sweep over the Sooners, a first for the program since 2001. The Bears also notched the team’s first win in Norman since 2011.
With its ninth win in Big 12 play, the Bears will finish above .500 in conference play for the first time since going 11-9 in 2009, and for just the third time in program history.
The Bears got off to a hot start, opening an early lead in the first and pulling away late to take the 1-0 match advantage.
From there, the Sooners settled in, claiming a big 25-12 win in the second and 25-21 mark in the third, putting the Bears’ back in the corner, trailing 2-1.
After opening a big lead in the fourth at 13-7, the Bears peppered in a pair of 3-0 runs and a 4-0 run to tie the set late at 23-23.
BU held off two match points from the Sooners, while being denied four-straight set points, with OU forcing a third match point at 30-29. BU got the sideout to start a 3-0 run, with a kill from Katie Staiger, a Camryn Freiberg-Staiger block, and a dump kill from Morgan Reed to close out a chaotic 32-30 set win to force a fifth.
In the fifth, the two sides traded points, with BU pushing its lead to two at 10-8, closing the match on a 6-3 run to claim the fifth set, 15-11, and a 3-2 match win.
· Baylor had three players log double-doubles, with Katie Staiger (20 kills, 13 digs), Aniah Philo (13 kills, 10 digs), and Morgan Reed (51 assists, 11 digs) all logging double-doubles.
· Staiger (1,255 career kills) moved into No. 8 on Baylor’s career-kills list, passing Jenny DeLue (1990-93).
· BU logged 15.0 blocks, a first for the team since logging 15.0 blocks vs. Cal Poly on Sep. 5, 2015.
QUOTE OF THE MATCH
“Good to have great performances, now in back-to-back matches, from Camryn, both with her attack and her blocking. We snagged that first set, but after that we weren’t really hitting well. Our blocking and hitting paid off down the stretch. I think this was the first match this year that we’ve won where Katie struggled. I’ve been waiting to see what that might look like. We showed good resiliency to finish off the fourth. With back-to-back five-setters, we needed to execute better and improve our attack in the fifth. We did that and were able to keep the pressure on them.” – Baylor head coach Ryan McGuyre
STAT OF THE DAY
32 – the points scored in Baylor’s fourth-set win, the most scored in a set since scoring 33 in a third-set win on Sep. 23, 2009 vs. Iowa State.
Baylor opens its final week of the regular season, hosting Iowa State on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Ferrell Center.