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Bears Battle Comes up Short in Four-Set Loss to #4 Texas

Baylor's crowd of 3,044 at the Ferrell Center was the most-ever for a volleyball match Wednesday night

Oct. 2, 2013

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(9-2, 3-0) Rank: 4
  1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH
25 25 23 25
17 21 25 19

Waco, Texas. • Attendance: 3,044

(8-10, 0-2) Rank: NR

WACO, Texas - The No. 4-ranked Texas Longhorns spoiled Baylor's largest volleyball crowd in history by defeating the home team in four sets, 25-17, 25-21, 23-25, 25-19, Wednesday night. Texas used a balanced offensive attack with four players in double-digit kills, and the Longhorns hit .299 as a team to improve to 3-0 in Big 12 competition.

The Bears (8-10, 0-2) excited the crowd of 3,044 fans in the third set after dropping the first two. Baylor began the set down 3-0, but then went on a 9-1 run paced by two kills from Thea Munch-Soegaard and two aces from Mackenzie Mayo giving the Bears a 9-4 advantage. The Longhorns (9-2, 3-0) battled back to take a 22-20 lead, but Baylor scored five of the next six points to avoid the sweep with Adrien Richburg adding two kills in that final stretch.

However, in set four, the Longhorns hit .375 to close the match. Texas led 19-12, and from there kept Baylor from getting closer than five points within the lead.

Baylor's Zoe Adom had 13 kills and three blocks in the losing effort for Baylor while Nicole Bardaji added 10 and three respectively. The Longhorns' Haley Eckerman had 15 kills and 12 digs for a double-double.


  • Zoe Adom had 13 kills to lead Baylor in a losing effort, it gave her 751 kills in her career, and it was the senior's 10th match this season with at least 10 kills.
  • Nicole Bardaji's 10 kills gives her 150 in her career; and for the junior her 118 kills this season far surpasses her previous combined total of 38 kills in her first two seasons with the Bears.
  • Mackenzie Mayo and Kayci Evans helped the Bears out-dig Texas 56-51 with 13 and 12 digs respectively.
  • After missing the last four matches with a foot injury, Thea Munch-Soegaard contributed eight kills and nine digs in Baylor's loss.

23 - Texas has won 23-straight matches over Baylor and leads the all-time series 72-2 after Wednesday's match.

3,044- The largest crowd in school history at the Ferrell Center for volleyball. The sport's previous attendance record was 3,022 against Texas A&M Oct. 10, 2009.


Baylor Head Coach Jim Barnes on a tough loss to Texas
"You always want to win, but we walked out of the locker room with our heads held high because of how hard we played and how each player contributed and battled. We made them earn it, and we can take pride in that because we know that this is a process of getting this young team to that level. This was a positive step even though the loss stings. We feel like me made a good step with how hard we played and what kind of effort we gave."

Baylor takes on Kansas at home Saturday at 1 p.m. The Jayhawks are 12-3 overall with a 2-0 record in Big 12 play coming off a three-set win over Kansas State Wednesday.



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