Sept. 8, 2007
DALLAS, Texas - Baylor dominated games one and two, and rallied to win game three, handing previously undefeated Mississippi its first loss of the season. The Bears swept the Rebels 3-0 (30-23, 30-22, 32-30) on day two at the SMU/Radisson Invitational.
Baylor easily won the first two games, carrying a lot of momentum into halftime following a huge Katie Sanders (Katy, Texas) kill on game point of the second game.
"This is probably the best that we have executed our gameplan all season," said head coach Jim Barnes. "We knew that they were a great passing and defensive team, so we did a lot to try and confuse them. We ran Haley on a lot of middle attacks, and brought our outside hitters in closer to the middle of the court to try to get better hitting angles."
The Bears came out of the break in the same fashion, building a 13-6 lead in game three. Ole Miss rallied to tie the game at 15 apiece and the two teams traded points until the score was knotted 22-22. Mississippi stretched its lead to 28-25, but the Bears scored four straight to force a game point at 29-28. After Ole Miss tied the game again, Baylor put the match away with a 32-30 win in game three.
"We showed a lot of heart at the end of the third game," said Barnes. "We knew that Mississippi had played several five-game matches this season, and obviously had won them all; so we knew that they were not going to give up. We did a good job of coming back after we were down and rallying to win the match."
Sanders led the Bears with 16 kills, and added 12 digs for her seventh double-double of the season. Anna Breyfogle (Buda, Texas) tallied 11 kills and two blocks for the Bears. Haley Thomas (Jewett, Texas) played one of her best matches of the season, recording eight kills with only one hitting error in 18 attack attempts (.389). She also added four total blocks.
"This will be a big boost of confidence for Haley," said Barnes. "We knew that she would always get a lot of kills, but we have been working really hard with her to eliminate her hitting errors. It's big for her to only have one error in the match. She is really starting to come around and be a leader on this team."
Ashley Byrd (Denton, Texas) recorded six total blocks, leading the Bears' net defense.