Sept. 21, 2013
HOUSTON, Texas - The Baylor Bears outlasted the University of Houston in five sets Saturday night 25-13, 17-25, 25-19, 23-25, 15-13 at the Athletics / Alumni Center in the final match of the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup.
In a see-saw battle, the Bears came out on top, hitting .233 for the match, with strong performances from Laura Jones and Nicole Bardaji. Both were named to the all-tournament team as Jones tallied 31 kills in three matches and Bardaji had 37. Saturday night, Jones led Baylor with 13 kills on a .273 hitting percentage while Bardaji added a dozen and had five total blocks.
Baylor (7-8) took sets one, three and five to take its second consecutive road win while the Cougars dropped their sixth-straight match to fall to 7-7 on the season. Houston's Sarita Mikals had 18 kills while Kadi Kullerkann and Emily Howard each had 14 for the Cougars.
In the fifth set, Baylor jumped out to a 5-1 lead and held on as Houston cut the lead to 13-12. The Bears, then got a kill from Bardaji for set point, but a service error gave the Cougars back service, down 14-13. However, the match ended on a ball-handling error by Houston's Sophie Paine.
LSU won the Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup winning all three matches, Baylor took second at 2-1, North Texas finished at 1-2 and the Cougars were winless.
- Nicole Bardaji led Baylor with 37 kills in the tournament, was named to the all-tournament team, and had 12 kills and five blocks in the win over U of H.
- Laura Jones hit .273 with 13 kills and finished the tournament with 31 kills and all-tournament honors.
- Jordan Teel had zero career kills in her third season with the team coming into Saturday's matches with UNT and Houston; she left with 10 combined kills, and in her first collegiate start against the Cougars, she had seven kills and a team-high 14 digs.
- Tori Cox had zero kills coming into Saturday's matches with UNT and Houston; she had eight vs. UNT and five against the Cougars.
STAT OF THE GAME I
.419 - Baylor hit .419 in set three with 15 kills and only two errors on 31 attempts.
STAT OF THE GAME II
23 - With injuries to Adrien Richburg and Thea Munch-Soegaard, Tori Cox and Jordan Teel, who had zero kills for the season coming into Saturday, combined for 23 kills over Baylor's two Saturday victories over UNT and Houston.
The Bears final non-conference game is Tuesday in Waco against UTSA before the team concludes the season with 16 Big 12 matches.