Sept. 13, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. -
Jessica Walters tallied a match-high 16 kills and UNLV used 11 service aces to sweep past Baylor, 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 29-27) in early morning action at the Oregon Classic on Saturday. The match snaps Baylor's eight-match winning streak, ending the best start in program history. Baylor also won its first eight matches in 2001 and 1989.
UNLV got out to a quick start in the first set, serving up six aces in the first period. Baylor entered the match allowing 0.93 service aces per set by its opponents. The Bears scored the first five points of the second set, but allowed a late rally by UNLV as the Rebels closed out the second set winning three of the last four points.
In the third set, the two teams battled with neither team gaining more than a three-point lead. The Bears fought off three match points from UNLV and held a 27-26 lead, with Ashley Byrd serving for the set. UNLV used two kills and a block to finish out the match.
Ashlie Christenson led the way for Baylor with 14 kills, while Anna Breyfogle added 10 kills for the Bears. Taylor Barnes tallied 32 set assists and added eight digs.
Kat Sanders recorded a team-high 14 digs, while freshman Allison King added 13 for the Bears. Baylor outblocked its opponent for the ninth-straight match, recording seven blocks to six team blocks for UNLV. Breyfogle led the way with a match-high five blocks.
Baylor returns to action on Saturday evening as the Bears face No. 12 Oregon in the final match of the Oregon Classic. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Pacific Time with live stats available at www.GoDucks.com and live audio broadcast at www.BaylorBears.com.