Sept. 1, 2007
WACO, Texas - After dropping the first two games, Baylor made a strong run to draw even at 2-2, before falling in game five to Mississippi State 3-2 (30-27, 31-29, 17-30, 28-30, 15-10) on Saturday at the Baylor Invitational.
The Bears headed to game five with all the momentum after taking games three and four, but Mississippi State used a kill, two hitting errors and two blocks to jump out to a 5-0 lead. The two teams traded points until the score reached 10-5 in favor of the Bulldogs. Mississippi State went on a run to push the lead to 14-6 before Baylor came back with four straight points. The Bulldogs then put the game away with an Eva Kriegel kill.
"It's tough to start out a match by giving the other team the first two games," said head coach Jim Barnes. "Our serve-receive was shaky, and that's been the theme of our team right now. If the pass is there then we have a lot of options on offense."
Baylor was led by Katie Sanders who recorded a match-high 21 kills, but she struggled to find her rhythm, committing 15 hitting errors. She also recorded nine digs, falling just short of her sixth straight double-double performance. Haley Thomas tallied a career-high 14 kills and hit .400 (14-4-25) for the match. She also recorded five total blocks (one solo).
"Katie got a lot of kills, but had a tough match with 15 hitting errors," said Barnes. "She can't have so many of the unforced errors. Haley (Thomas) had a really good game too, but all together our offense just wasn't in sync."
Anna Breyfogle had her best game of the season, recording the first double-double of her season with 12 kills and 11 blocks (three solo). She also tallied a career-high eight digs. Ashlie Christenson also reached double-figures in kills with 10.
Sarah Grace recorded a match-high 17 digs, while Kristen Schramek recorded 13 digs for the Bears.
Mississippi State placed four players in double-digit kills as Ioana Demian and Cristina Jucan each recorded 16 kills. Kriegel and Jamie Joyner each tallied 15 kills for the Bulldogs.
Baylor returns to action at 7 p.m. as the Bears play host to Oregon in the final match of the Baylor Invitaitonal.