Oct. 1, 2008
WACO, Texas -
The Baylor volleyball team cruised past Colorado 3-0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-13) on Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center. The win is the third-straight for Baylor over the Buffaloes and marks only the second time in school history that the Bears have swept Colorado.
With the win, Baylor improves its record to 12-3 overall, 4-1 in Big 12 action. The Bears move to 4-1 in the Big 12 for the first time in conference history.
Baylor defeated Colorado 3-0 on Oct. 4, 2000 in Boulder for the only other Baylor sweep. The win is just the fifth in Baylor history over Colorado as the Buffaloes hold a 21-5 series advantage.
"We had a tough loss at Kansas State last weekend," said head coach Jim Barnes. "We came back knowing that we could compete with anyone in the conference. We were really hungry to get a win."
The Bears dominated on defense, outblocking Colorado 13.5-2 on the match. Baylor also recorded 45 digs to only 28 for the Buffaloes. The Baylor defense held Colorado to a -.083 hitting percentage.
"We played great at the net," said Barnes. "Things were really going our way on defense. We served really tough and that led to easier plays on defense."
Baylor hit .385 on the night, recording 39 kills against just nine hitting errors in 78 total attacks. The hitting percentage ranks as the second-highest in the Big 12 this season. Kansas State hit for a .387 clip against Colorado earlier this season.
Anna Breyfogle led the way for Baylor with 10 kills and 10 total blocks, including two solos. Her 10 kills came on an errorless 13 swings as she hit for a season-best .769 clip. The hitting percentage ranks as the second-highest in Breyfogle's career, and her best mark in a Big 12 match.
Breyfogle's 10 kills ranks as the second-highest total in Baylor history for a three-set match. Cory Sivertson tallied 11 blocks against Lamar in 1993, and Erin McElwain recorded 11 blocks against Stephen F. Austin in 1993 to set the Baylor school record.
"Tonight was just a lot of fun on the court," said Breyfogle. "It seemed like I was just in the right place at the right time on defense. I think that our blocking is a lot better this year. We seem to be communicating better and connecting better with each other. Our good blocking makes everything else easier."
Katie Sanders tallied nine kills on .444 hitting, while Briana Tolbert and Ashlie Christenson each recorded seven kills apiece. Taylor Barnes recorded 31 set assists to lead the Bears, while Allison King tallied a match-high 14 digs. Brittany Ridenour also tallied double-digit digs with 11, the second time in her career to notch 10 or more digs.
King led the Baylor service game, recording three of the team's nine service aces. Ridenour added two service aces for the Bears.
With the win Baylor improves to 12-3 on the year, 4-1 in Big 12 play. Colorado drops to 8-5 overall, 2-2 in league action. After a bye on Saturday, Baylor returns to action on Wednesday as the Bears travel to Austin to take on third-ranked Texas at 7 p.m.