Sept. 13, 2006
WACO, Texas - Baylor freshman setter Taylor Barnes (Arlington, Texas) recorded the first triple-double by a Bear in more than a year with 11 kills, 15 digs and 52 assists and also added four key service aces in Baylor's 3-1 (24-30, 30-28, 30-22, 30-25) victory over 24th-ranked Kansas State in the Big 12 opener Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center. The win was the 10th in a row for the Bears, breaking the program's previous record winning streak of nine set in 1993.
"I have really started to notice how (Taylor) steps up in big situation," head coach Jim Barnes said. "When she gets her first and second serves in, she can really get into an amazing rhythm and starts rocketing some big serves in there. She played really well tonight."
The last triple-double in school history was in the 2004 season finale and also by a setter, as Emily Huston had 10 kills, 12 digs and 49 assists at Oklahoma on Nov. 27. Barnes' triple-double was the 29th in school history.
After dropping game one, the Bears (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) fought back by holding off the Wildcats (8-3, 0-1) in game two. With the Bears clinging to an 18-17 lead in game three, Barnes stepped up and took over the match from the service line with a series of vicious left-handed jump serves, leading the Bears on a six-point run which included three aces.
"I just try to go out there stay focused," Barnes said. "If I relax and stay focused, I believe I can get my serve in every time. We knew coming into the game that it was going to be an extremely tough conference with a lot of great teams. Kansas State is a great team and played very hard tonight. We expect nothing less for the rest of the conference the remainder of the season."
Senior outside hitter Nicole LeBlanc (Tampa, Fla.) led the Bears with 18 kills and added 10 digs for her seventh double-double of the season, while senior middle blocker Desiree Guilliard-Young (Berkeley, Calif.) posted her first double-double of the season with 11 kills and 10 blocks, her first double-digit block effort of the season. The freshman tandem of middle blocker Anna Breyfogle (Buda, Texas) and right-side hitter Katie Sanders (Katy, Texas) also had 11 kills each, with Sanders adding six blocks. Junior libero Kristen Schramek (San Antonio, Texas) led the Bears defensively with 23 digs.
Sandy Werner led Kansas State with 18 kills, while Jenny Jantsch added 15 and Tiffany Johnson added 12. Angie Lastra led the Wildcats with a match-high 25 digs, while Jantsch had 15 and setter Stacey Spiegelberg added 11.
Baylor outhit Kansas State, .277-.243. The Bears also outblocked the Wildcats, 13.0-12.0, and outdug them 74-72.
The Bears return to action when they hit the road against Iowa State Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum.