Attendance: 704 | Records: Portland (2-1), Baylor (2-1)
WACO, Texas – Portland’s volleyball team went 0-27 in 2013, but under first-year head coach Brent Crouch, the Pilots took victories over Abilene Christian and Baylor Saturday to win the Hampton Inn Waco North Baylor Invitational at the Ferrell Center. Portland defeated the Bears 25-19, 29-27, 25-20 to close the tournament Saturday evening.
Emily Liger was named the tournament’s offensive MVP, and she earned those stripes in the final match as her 14 kills and 10 digs helped sink Baylor in the three-set win.
Baylor’s Andie Malloy had 20 kills in the loss for Baylor on a .250 hitting percentage, but the Bears hit just .178 for the match, including a .070 effort in the first set.
Trailing 23-17 in set two, Baylor battled back and even took 26-25 and 27-26 leads, but the Pilots scored the final three points of the set to take a 2-0 advantage. Then, in the third set, the Pilots used a 10-3 run to build a 20-14 lead, which effectively sealed Baylor’s fate.
Portland’s Katie Mardesich led the tournament with 5.90 digs per set and was named the tournament’s defensive MVP; she had 19 vs. Baylor. Malloy and Tola Itiola earned all-tournament honors for Baylor while Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Brianna Brink and Abilene Christian’s Jennifer Loerch earned all-tournament honors as well.
Portland, Baylor and TAMCC all finished 2-1 at the tournament, but the Pilots lost the fewest combined sets to earn the tiebreaker.
- Andie Malloy led the Bears with 20 kills and had 49 for the three-match tournament.
- Malloy was named all-tournament along with Tola Itiola who had 20 kills and led the tournament with 13 total blocks.
STAT OF THE GAME I
0 – Portland had zero serve-receive errors compared to Baylor’s seven to help in the win.
THEY SAID IT
Jim Barnes on Baylor’s loss
“We passed a little better than them, which is discouraging because we didn’t create any offense out of passing pretty defensively. We just didn’t have any dynamic hitters tonight. We played so tight, afraid to make a mistake. Andie is the only one who’s really swinging away, and you just can’t a game if you don’t have people putting the ball away.”
Baylor plays host to Rice Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.