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Volleyball Rally Falls Short Against Mississippi State

Haley Thomas recorded career highs in kills (14) and hitting percentage (.400).

Haley Thomas recorded career highs in kills (14) and hitting percentage (.400).

Sept. 1, 2007

Box Score

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.

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