Sept. 8, 2007
DALLAS, Texas - Katie Sanders recorded her eighth double-double of the season and Anna Breyfogle tallied 12 kills and eight blocks as Baylor defeated SMU 3-1 (30-19, 30-18, 27-30, 30-27) in the final match of the SMU/Radisson Invitational. Baylor won all three matches this weekend to become tournament champions.
Sanders (Katy, Texas) was named tournament most valuable player, while Breyfogle (Buda, Texas) and Taylor Barnes (Arlington, Texas) were each named to the all-tournament team.
"We really came out in the first two games and played really well," said head coach Jim Barnes. "We have made a big improvement in passing as a team, and that helps us be more steady in our play. We are able to run better offense and it shows in our hitting percentages."
Sanders finished the weekend with 49 kills (4.45 kpg) and just 10 errors in 122 total attacks. She also recorded 42 digs (3.82 dpg) and five blocks.
"Katie leads our offense, and we usually go to her when we need a big kill," said Barnes. "She is starting to learn to limit her errors, and when we get other people involved in the offense, it really helps to open things up for her."
Baylor (7-3) recorded more digs than its opponent for the eighth time this season. The Bears average 17.97 digs per game, while their opponents dig 15.26 balls per game. Sarah Grace (Houston, Texas) led the way for Baylor with 16 digs, while Barnes and Kristen Schramek (San Antonio, Texas) tallied 14 and 10 digs, respectively. Grace led the Baylor defense this weekend with 53 digs (4.82 dpg).
"Our defense has really been good this year," said Barnes. "We have been able to outdig most opponents, and that's been a big emphasis for us. We know that we can outhustle opponents, and by putting in that effort we are able to outplay other teams."
The Bears took control in game one early building a four-point lead at 10-6. SMU erased the deficit and the two teams played evenly for the next 20 serves. Baylor held a 20-18 lead and scored three straight to build a five-point cushion at 23-18. The Bears then won seven straight points, including three Breyfogle kills to win the first game 30-19.
Baylor continued its dominant play in game two by winning the first three points. The Bears continued to apply the pressure, slowly building an eight point lead at 16-8. Baylor built a 12-point lead on block assists by Breyfogle and Thomas, and cruised to the 30-18 win heading into halftime.
SMU (7-3) responded at the beginning of game three, winning the first five points out of the break. Baylor worked its way back into the game, tying the score at 11 apiece and then taking a 13-12 lead. SMU battled back to tie the score at 15, and then regained the lead 17-15, and extended it to 21-16. The Bears score five straight points to tie the score and force SMU into a timeout. But the Mustangs regained their composure, winning five of the next six points and holding on for the 30-27 win.
The teams traded points over the first eight serves of the fourth game, until two straight blocks from Breyfogle and Barnes gave the Bears a 6-4 advantage. SMU tied the score and then took a 13-10 lead. Baylor then scored seven of the next nine points to take a 17-15 lead and force SMU into a timeout. The Mustangs reeled off four straight out of the timeout to regain the lead at 19-17. Neither team could hang onto the lead as Baylor won seven of nine points to go ahead 24-21 forcing SMU into its second timeout. The Bears hung on to win game four 30-27 and win the match 3-1.
Baylor returns to action on Wednesday when the Bears play host to Iowa State in the first Big 12 Conference match of the season at 6:30 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.