Sept. 3, 2011
WACO, Texas- Senior setter Brittany Ridenour was named the Fairfield Inn North Baylor Classic MVP, leading Baylor to wins over Northern Colorado and McNeese State on Saturday in Waco, Texas.
Ridenour racked up a career-high 49 assists in the title match against UNC to earn the tournament's top honor, while her teammates Allison King, Briana Tolbert and Zoe Adom were also honored. King was named the Top Defensive Player, recording 49 digs in three matches, while Tolbert and Adom were named to the All-Tournament team. Tolbert led BU in kills in each of the first two matches, while Adom had a career-high 19 against UNC.
"That was sheer teamwork and energy and will," head coach Jim Barnes said. "Zoe came out and did what we knew she could do and now it'll be up to her to put those matches together. Brittany (Ridenour) has worked as hard as anybody I've ever coach, and I was proud to see her get that (MVP). She's a special player and she's starting to put it together."
Baylor will finish its four-match homestand with West Virginia on Tuesday at the Ferrell Center. The match is set for 7 p.m. against the Mountaineers.
For the second match in a row, Baylor dominated the first set, beating UTPA 25-9 in the first frame on the way to a sweep (25-9, 25-19, 25-19). The BU defense held its third consecutive opponent under a .100 hitting percentage, keeping the Broncs to .000 with 20 kills and 20 errors in 112 total attempts.
Baylor's block combined for just five on the day, but the back-row play of senior libero Allison King and sophomore defensive specialist Kayci Evans combined for nearly half of the team's 62 digs. King racked up 17, giving her 1,532 on her career to move her into second place all-time at Baylor, trailing only Cory Sivertson's 1,575. Evans had a career-high and her first double-digit dig effort with 12.
On offense, senior Briana Tolbert continued her great start to the season with 11 kills and zero errors in 16 attempts to hit .579. Freshmen Nicole Bardaji and Adri Nora each added eight kills to help the Bears hit .308 (43-11-104) as a team.
In the first set, Baylor jumped out to an 8-2 lead before adding a 7-0 run that including two kills by both Qian Zhang and Tolbert. Nora added two and Tolbert added three more on the way to a 25-9 set win.
The second set started much the same way with Baylor jumping out to a 6-1 lead, capped by back-to-back kills from freshman Tori Cox. A UTPA service ace closed the Baylor lead to three at 11-8, but the Bears responded with a 7-1 running, starting with a kill by Melissa Jones and ending with a pair of spikes from Bardaji. Cox added two more kills and Nora finished off the set with a kill to make the score 25-19.
UTPA took their first lead of the day to start the third set 2-0, but Baylor erased the edge with a 5-0 that included four UTPA errors and a kill by Alyssa Dibbern. The Broncs held tough taking a lead as late as 17-16, but Baylor ran out the match with an 8-2 run. During the stretch Tolbert bolstered the Bear attack with two kills and two block assists.
Northern Colorado provided Baylor with its stiffest competition since a season-opening loss to No. 13 Purdue, but BU was up to the challenge. Down 2-1, Baylor rallied to take a 3-2 victory (25-20, 22-25, 18-25, 25-18, 15-9).
Adom's 19 kills led the offense, while Tolbert and Campbell each added 12 to combine for 43 of Baylor's 61 kills in the match. Along with a big offensive match, Baylor turned up the heat on defense with 16.0 total blocks and 74 digs.
Campbell was a force at the net with eight blocks, including three solos, while Tolbert had six assisted and Ridenour had five assisted. Ridenour also added 10 digs to her 49 assists for her second double-double of the weekend.
The Bears jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first set with two kills by Tolbert, but UNC set the tone for the night by battling back. Another kill and a block by Tolbert put BU up 13-8, but Breanna Williams collected back-to-back kills to make it 17-16. Baylor was able to piece together an 8-4 run at the end of the first set on the strength of three big kills by Adom for the 25-20 win.
In the second, the score was tied eight times and the lead changed four times. Down 13-11, Baylor clawed back in the lead with three kills by Adom to go up 15-14. Bardaji made it 17-15 Baylor, but UNC got a lift from Bri Strong's two blocks and two kills to win the set 25-22.
The third set went Northern Colorado's way as well, even after BU jumped out to a 3-0 lead with two kills by Adom and a Campbell solo block. After taking the lead at 5-4, UNC never looked back getting three late kills by Andrea Spaustat to win the set 25-18.
The fourth set forced Baylor to dig deep and come up with big plays facing a 9-8 deficit. Alyssa Dibbern came off the bench to spark Baylor with two kills and Kate Harris used her jump-serve to take over at the end of the set. With Baylor building a comfortable lead at 22-18, Harris served back-to-back aces and finished with a third tough serve to set up an easy kill for Campbell to win the set 25-18.
UNC came out firing in the fifth set, taking a 3-1 lead, but Baylor turned up the heat. Zhang and Ridenour sandwich kills around two in a row by Campbell to give Baylor an 8-6 lead it would not relinquish. Ridenour and Campbell combined for a big block to make it 13-8, and fittingly, Adom finished it off with a kill, 15-9.
FAIRFIELD INN NORTH BAYLOR CLASSIC
MVP - Brittany Ridenour, Baylor
Top Defensive Player - Allison King, Baylor
Maegan Carlton, McNeese State
Michelle McNamee, UTPA
Marissa Hughes, UNC
Amanda Arterburn, UNC
Briana Tolbert, Baylor
Zoe Adom, Baylor