Aug. 25, 2007
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Baylor had four players reach double-digits in kills, and four record double-figures in digs as the Bears defeated North Carolina 3-1 (30-21, 25-30, 30-20, 30-22) on Saturday afternoon at the University at Buffalo Classic.
The Bears (2-0) were led by Katie Sanders (Katy, Texas) who set career-highs in kills (21) and digs (15) to record her second straight double-double. Haley Thomas (Jewett, Texas) registered 12 kills, while Ashlie Christenson (Cleburne, Texas) and Anna Breyfogle (Buda, Texas) recorded 10 kills apiece.
"Katie has had two great games so far, and we knew that she was capable of that after spring practice," said head coach Jim Barnes. "She has really taken control of our matches, and has been really aggressive with her hitting. I thought Ashlie Christenson played really well too. She had three points to close out the match in game four."
Sophomore setter Taylor Barnes (Arlington, Texas) flirted with a triple-double as she recorded seven kills, 52 set assists, and 13 digs.
"Our play is really dictated by Taylor's play," said Barnes. "When she is focused and playing well, then our team follows suit. She did a good job running the offense and getting a lot of players involved."
"Kristen had a really good match after struggling last night," said Barnes. "They (North Carolina) were hitting a lot of balls into her zone and she was doing a good job of digging those balls. Sarah has had two good games in row and will get her chance to play libero in our match tonight."
North Carolina (1-1) was led by Sue Haydel with 12 kills. Lauren Prussing and Courtney Johnson reached double-digit kills with 11 and 10, respectively.
After battling back and forth to open the match, Baylor held a three point lead at 21-18. The Bears then outscored North Carolina 9-2 to take game one.
Game two progressed much like the first, with neither team gaining more than a three-point lead until North Carolina stretched its lead to five at 25-20. The teams traded the last 10 points with the Tar Heels taking a 30-25 victory heading into the break.
Baylor came out of the lockerroom on fire as they score the first six points of the game behind the serve of Breyfogle. The Bears led by as many as seven before North Carolina cut into the lead, trimming the margin to three points at 11-8. Baylor the responded by running off eight of the next 10 points to take a 19-10 lead. The Bears led by as many as 10 points at 26-16 before taking the game 30-22.
Baylor returns to action on Saturday afternoon as the Bears face Stony Brook at 5 p.m. Eastern.