Oct. 5, 2013
(13-3, 3-0 ) Rank: NR
Waco, Texas. Attendance: 568
1BAYLOR(8-11, 0-3) Rank: NR
WACO, Texas - Sara McClinton led the Big 12's best offense with 23 kills and a .676 attacking percentage helping Kansas to its ninth-straight victory Saturday afternoon over Baylor in four sets at the Ferrell Center. The Jayhawks (13-3, 3-0) defeated the Bears (8-11, 0-3) 25-16, 23-25, 25-22, 25-17 and hit .363 as a team to remain unbeaten in Big 12 competition.
McClinton did not record an attack error and had a season-high 23 kills on 34 attacks while her teammates Chelsea Albers and Tiana Dockery had 13 and 11 kills respectively for Kansas. Erin McNorton paced the Jayhawks' 62 team kills with 53 assists and narrowly missed a double-double with nine digs.
In Baylor's win in set two, the Bears never let Kansas lead by more than four points. Nicole Bardaji's kill gave Baylor a 22-21 lead before KU scored two straight to take a 23-22 advantage. However, Laura Jones and Thea Munch-Soegaard each had kills, and the Bears took advantage of a KU attacking error to score the final three points of the set to take the win despite the Jayhawks' .424 hitting effort in the set.
But, from there Kansas' hot hitting caught up to Baylor as the Jayhawks closed out sets three and four with 34 combined kills while Baylor managed only 27. Kansas hit no worse than .296 in a set and finished the match with only 13 attacking errors. Baylor, on the other hand, suffered 29 attacking errors and finished the match with a .149 hitting percentage.
In the losing effort for Baylor, Munch-Soegaard had 17 kills and 12 digs for her eighth double-double of the season, and Laura Jones hit .212 with 11 kills.
- Thea Munch Soegaard in just her second game back after missing four due to injury, posted her eighth double-double of the season with 17 kills and 12 digs for Baylor
- Mackenzie Mayo's 14 digs gave her 550 for her career in her second year with Baylor
- Hope Ogden, Baylor's active leader in kills, had eight against KU and has 650 for her career
STAT OF THE GAME I
.363 - Kansas' hitting percentage; the second-highest hitting percentage allowed by Baylor this season next to Colorado State's .529 clip that came in three sets. Kansas' hitting percentage was the highest allowed for the Bears in a four-set match this season.
STAT OF THE GAME II
16.0 - Kansas out-blocked Baylor 16.0-3.0. That matches the most blocks by a Baylor opponent this season along with UT Arlington's 16.0, Sept. 7.
STAT OF THE GAME III
.424 - Kansas had 17 kills on 33 attacks with only three errors in set two to hit .424 but managed to lose the set. In addition, nine of McClinton's 23 kills came in the second set for the Jayhawks.
Baylor will try to snap its winless skid in the Big 12 Wednesday in Morgantown, Va. against West Virginia at 5:30 p.m., CDT.