WACO, Texas — No. 24 Baylor volleyball (12-7, 4-4 Big 12) had a late lead but ultimately fell to Kansas State (12-7, 2-6 Big 12) in three sets Saturday afternoon at the Ferrell Center, 25-23, 27-25, 28-26.
The Bears were swept at home for the first time since the 2017 NCAA Tournament Second Round where Colorado won in straight sets.
Baylor was led by sophomore Yossiana Pressley who produced her 10th 20-kill match of the season, racking up 22 putaways on a .275 efficiency. Joining her in double-digit kills was redshirt junior Shelly Fanning who had 10.
Sophomore Hannah Lockin recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 38 assists and 10 digs in the loss. Braya Hunt was the other Bear in double digits with 10 digs.
Baylor came out firing in set one and held a 10-4 advantage after a Pressley kill. K-State went on a run and took the lead at 15-14, but the Bears would bounce right back with back-to-back kills by freshman Bri Coleman. K-State closed out the set with a kill for the early advantage, 25-23.
Hitting .179 in the second frame, the Bears had to climb out a 17-14 hole but would tie up the set with a kill from Lockin followed by a Wildcat attack error. Baylor fell down 2-0 after a K-State block ended the frame, 27-25.
Baylor came out quick in set three and held a 20-16 lead after a Coleman kill. K-State went on a late 4-1 run to tie it up. At set point, 24-22, Baylor dropped five of the last seven points to end the match, 28-26.
• The Bears started Yossiana Pressley, Shelly Fanning, Jaelyn Jackson, Hannah Lockin, Braya Hunt, Marieke van der Mark and libero Tara Wulf for the second consecutive match.
• Aniah Philo missed her third consecutive match while Gia Milana missed Saturday’s match due to injury.
• Yossiana Pressley has posted 20 or more kills in 10 matches this season, including two straight.
• Shelly Fanning posted her 15th double-digit kill match of the season.
• Hannah Lockin posted her fifth double-double of the season and 14th of her career.
• Yossiana Pressley became the 12th player in program history to record a 20-20 match with 21 kills and a career-high 20 digs.
• Hannah Lockin and Braya Hunt led the Bears with 10 digs.
• Taylor Marburger posted the team’s only service ace of the match, improving her season total to 15.
• Baylor dropped its first home match to K-State for the first time since the 2014 season.
• Baylor finishes the first half of conference play with a 4-4 record.
• Baylor moved to 17-29 all-time against Kansas State and 5-3 against the Wildcats under head coach Ryan McGuyre.
• Baylor is 21-10 as a ranked team under McGuyre.
STAT OF THE MATCH
10 – the amount of 20-kill matches for sophomore Yossiana Pressley in 19 matches.
Head coach Ryan McGuyre
On the loss…
“They were all two-point sets. It was pretty even. We had some good rotations, some not-so-good rotations. (Kansas State) was pretty steady. We would go up and then couldn’t get through some of these rotations. We’ve got to be able to take better swings and score some points. We need to make sure blocking is doing some damage and stopping the middle a little more.”
The Bears (12-7, 4-4 Big 12) heads up I-35 to face TCU Wednesday night at 7 p.m. CT in Fort Worth. The match will air live on FOX Sports Southwest Plus.