WACO, Texas - The Baylor Bears hit .287 and took a 25-19, 25-17, 21-25, 25-23 victory over Northwestern State Friday
afternoon at the Ferrell Center. Baylor improved to 3-6 on the season
dropping the Demons to 1-7 on the season, using a balanced offensive
against its first opponent in the Baylor Invitational.
Adrien Richburg had a
career-high 15 kills in the match on a .357 hitting percentage and
added six total blocks to aid the Bears. Thea Munch-Soegaard had her
third consecutive double-double with 10 kills and
10 digs, Zoe Adom added 10 kills and Laura Jones hit .615 with nine
kills for Baylor.
head coach Jim Barnes said he was disappointed with the Bears effort as
Baylor couldn't finish the sweep in set three. The Bears had to fight to
tie the score at 20 after trailing 19-14,
but the Demons scored five of the last six points of the set to force
set four. Baylor also suffered 12 service errors one match after
collecting 10 in a loss to Texas State.
The Bears are now 3-2 at the Ferrell Center this season after the home victory.
STAT OF THE GAME I
22 – The Bears have combined for 22 service errors in their last two matches, averaging 2.75 for set. In the previous seven matches, Baylor had 37 and only averaged 1.48 per set.
STAT OF THE GAME II
.287 – Baylor's hitting percentage against Northwestern State; the highest since its last victory, a win over SMU, Sept. 3.
Jim Barnes and his mixed emotions after the Bears defeated Northwestern State
"Offensively, we did some things better that we worked on in practice. We had a good rightside and middle attack. Unfortunately that was overshadowed by our inconsistency on defense and at the service line. We still have a long way to go."
The Bears take on their second opponent at the Baylor Invitational, Appalachian State (6-2), Friday night at 7 p.m. The Mountaineers lost in five sets to Colorado Friday morning.