WACO, Texas – Morgan Reed started at setter, Laura Jones & Zoe Adom
played all the way around for the first time in their respective
careers, and Sam Hill made her first impact on the team in Baylor's 3-1
win over Kansas State Wednesday. The Bears will look to use the overhauled lineup to their advantage Saturday when the team heads to Lubbock to face Texas Tech at 1 p.m.
With a likely end to Thea Munch-Soegaard's season due to injury and a 1-5 start in Big 12 play, Baylor shuffled the deck Wednesday night starting the true-freshman Reed, playing Jones and Adom around the entire rotation, moved Nicole Bardaji to rightside, and inserted Hill at middle blocker.
For Wednesday, the change provided a spark that helped Baylor to its second win in conference play with Reed and Jones posting double-doubles while receiving solid outings from Adom and Hill.
"You don't usually see that many changes in a lineup at anytime, but due to injury and freshmen playing well in practice, we made the changes, and it paid off," said Baylor head coach Jim Barnes. "But, we realize that was one match, and we need to build on it and continue to have that attacking mentality."
The Bears (10-13, 2-5) turn their attention to the Red Raiders (8-15, 1-6), who earlier in the year, defeated TCU Oct. 12, who Baylor lost to Oct. 16.
"We won't take anything for granted, Tech can really play well in spurts, so it's important that we play consistent," said Barnes.
Reed, who hadn't played since Sept. 14 until Wednesday, had 41 assists, 13 digs, three kills and three blocks in her first college start, while Hill posted career-highs in kills with eight, and blocks with seven. Jones had her first career double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs while Adom had nine and nine respectively.
Barnes said he expects to see the new faces and the rotation changes again Saturday.
"We are continuing to focus on maximizing the new changes we have made," he said. "It gives us a more diverse offense, so we are focused on repetition of all the options."
Baylor has taken 15 of the last 16 meetings against Tech, but the Red Raiders won in Lubbock just two seasons ago, Oct. 26, 2011.