Sept. 6, 2008
WACO, Texas -
Katie Sanders recorded 17 kills and added 14 digs as the Baylor volleyball team held on to defeat Rice 3-1 (25-14, 25-18, 16-25, 25-22) on Saturday afternoon at the Baylor Classic. With the win Baylor finishes the weekend tournament with a 4-0 record to win the team championship.
With the win, Baylor improves to 7-0 on the season, the third-best start in program history. The Bears started the season with eight straight wins in 2001 and 1999, and recorded seven straight victories to open the season in 1989.
Sanders' 17 kills came against just four hitting errors in 34 total attempts for a .382 hitting percentage. Anna Breyfogle also reached double-digit kills with 14 kills. Taylor Barnes added seven kills on .429 hitting.
Allison King led the back row defense with 17 digs, while Sanders and Barnes recorded 14 digs apiece. Baylor collected 61 digs to Rice's 67 digs, the first time this season that Baylor has recorded fewer digs than its opponents.
The Bears also served up six service aces, led by Barnes' three aces. Breyfogle, Sanders and Ashlie Christenson each added one service ace.
Baylor tallied more blocks than its opponent for the seventh-straight match, recording 12.5 stuff blocks compared to four blocks for Rice. Breyfogle led the way with eight total blocks, including one solo. Briana Tolbert added six blocks including a solo, while Sanders collected four blocks.
Baylor improves to 7-0 on the season, while Rice falls to 5-2. Baylor returns to action on Friday and Saturday as the Bears travel to participate in the Oregon Classic in Eugene, Ore. Baylor will face Eastern Washington on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. Central time.
Most Valuable Player
Katie Sanders, BU
Kelsey Jewasko, UTSA
Taylor Barnes, BU
Kendra Rowland, UTSA
Lauren Salisbury, SDSU
Chelsea Bair, WSU
Karyn Morgan, RU