Oct. 5, 2011
WACO, Texas -Senior Briana Tolbert racked up 15 kills and head coach Jim Barnes broke the Baylor all-time wins record in a 3-0 sweep (25-19, 25-23, 25-18) over Texas Tech on Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center.
The win gives Barnes the 130th of his eight-year Baylor career, surpassing the mark of 129 set by former coach Brian Hosfeld from 1996-2003.
"This has been a great place to coach, and that's what makes this real special," head coach Jim Barnes said. "It's a great place and we've got some great kids, but we've still got a lot left to accomplish."
Baylor got into an early hole in all three sets, but took over on offense with at least 15 kills in each set. The Bears hit .260 on the day, including a .583 clip from Tolbert with 15 kills and a .476 clip from junior Torri Campbell with 11 kills. Setter Kate Harris started her third consecutive match and had 39 assists.
"Texas Tech plays hard and they are rebuilding that program," Barnes said. "This was a good match for us, especially set three. We were able to execute what we have been working on in a practice and that was good to see."
Defensively, Baylor had just six blocks in the match, but averaged more than 21 digs per set and had four players with at least 10 digs each. Senior libero Allison King had 19 to lead the way, while fellow seniors Jordan Rice and Qian Zhang each had 11 and Harris added 10 for a double-double. Tolbert had a team-high five block assists to go along with her superb offense night.
In the first set, Texas Tech started with a 7-1 lead and held the lead at 13-8 before Baylor made its big run. The Bears put together a 12-4 run with three straight kills by Alyssa Dibbern and two service aces from King to make it 20-17. After Tech pulled to within two at 21-19, the Bears had three kills from three different players around a Tech error to win 25-19.
The second set started with Texas Tech up 3-1, but Baylor quickly grabbed the lead back with a 13-5 run that put them ahead 14-8. Tolbert got rolling on offense during the span with four kills, but she wasn't done there. The senior put away five more kills in the set, helping Baylor hang on to a 25-23 set win.
Tech's lead in the third set started at 4-2, but Baylor got back in the lead at 11-10 before putting on a match-ending run. The Bears got back-to-back kills from both Zoe Adom and Alyssa Dibbern as part of an 11-1 run that made the score 22-11. At set-point, Tech scored four in a row, but, fittingly, Tolbert finished off the match with a kill down the line to win 25-18.
Baylor has the third of its four-match homestand on Saturday against Missouri. The Tigers and Bears will get started at 1 p.m. at the Ferrell Center. Baylor will be looking to avenge last year's season sweep from Missouri.