Sept. 13, 2013
(6-3) Rank: NR
Waco, Texas. Attendance: 510
(4-6) Rank: NR
WACO, Texas - Stringing together perhaps their best effort on both sides of the net this season, the Baylor Bears swept Appalachian State 29-27, 25-20, 25-15 Friday night at the Ferrell Center. The Bears hit .345, out-blocked the Mountaineers 12-1 and won their second-consecutive match for the first time this season to improve to 4-6.
Thea Munch-Soegaard recorded her fourth consecutive double-double leading Baylor with 14 kills and adding 16 digs. The sophomore outside hitter hit .344 and added a pair of service aces in the victory. Zoe Adom extended her streak of double-digit kills to five matches with 10 in the match, and Adrien Richburg hit .692 with nine kills for Baylor.
Bears' freshman middle blocker Tola Itiola, in just her second start, provided quality service on both ends of the floor with seven total blocks, and she matched her season-high with six kills. Mackenzie Mayo led Baylor defenders with 19 digs, and the home team took the advantage 62-53 in that category.
In the match's most competitive set, the first, Baylor led 18-14 before the Mountaineers rattled off four-straight points, capped by two-straight kills from Lindsey Sauls. From there, it was nip and tuck with the score tying at every point up until 27-27. From there, Baylor's Amy Rosenbaum set up Munch-Soegaard with two consecutive kills to take the set 29-27.
The Mountaineers have dropped both matches of the Baylor Invitational and fall to 6-3 on the season with Northwestern State their final opponent in the round-robin Saturday at 3 p.m. In the losing effort, Emily Corrigan had 18 kills and 12 digs.
- Thea Munch-Soegaard had her fourth-consecutive double-double, the fifth of 2013 and the 10th of her career with 14 kills and 16 digs.
- Baylor held Appalachian State to a .178 hitting percentage, allowed just one team block, and won the digs category 62-53.
- Tola Itiola matched her season high with six kills and posted a season-high seven blocks in her second career start.
- Amy Rosenbaum added 45 assists, four kills, and five digs for an all-around effort
- Zoe Adom's 10 kills gives her five-straight matches with double-digit kills, and the senior has accomplished that feat in 8 of 10 matches this season.
- Baylor's .345 hitting percentage was third highest on the season behind a win over SMU Sept. 3 (.421) and a loss to Cal Poly Aug. 31 (.366).
- Kayci Evans passed the 400-career digs mark with five in the match giving the senior 403 entering Saturday's match with Colorado.
STAT OF THE GAME I
19 - Baylor limited itself to just 19 errors (11 attack, five service, one receive, and two ball-handling) in the victory after averaging 34.9 through the first nine matches of the season.
STAT OF THE GAME II
0 - Attacking errors in the third set for the Bears as they hit .636 to close the match. The Bears had 21 kills with no errors on 33 attacks, which ranks as the fifth-highest attack percentage for a single-set in school history since rally scoring began in 2001.
Coach Barnes on Baylor's effort against the Mountaineers
"We played both sides of the ball, and when the game got tight we didn't get nervous. That's the first time we've done that this season, and now it's time to turn around and do it again against a tough Colorado team."
Baylor (4-6) will take on Colorado (7-1) for the Baylor Invitational title game Saturday night at 6 p.m. Prior to that match Appalachian State and Northwestern State will square off at 3 p.m. Both teams are 0-2 in the tournament.