Oct. 6, 2010
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Baylor's volleyball team faced a 4-0 deficit in the fifth set, but rallied to win the set and the match 3-2 (25-15, 22-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-13) at Texas A&M on Wednesday in College Station, Texas. The win marked the fifth in the last six matches for the Bears at Reed Arena.
Baylor (9-8, 2-4) won the first and third sets, and then erased a four-point deficit early in the fifth set with a 5-0 run for their second Big 12 win of the season. Down 4-0 in the fifth, Baylor came out of a timeout with five consecutive points, but A&M (9-7, 3-3) answered with a 4-0 run to take a 10-8 lead. The Bears closed to within 13-12 before finishing off the match with a 3-0 run.
"We have worked really hard in practice at not giving up those three- and four-point runs," assistant coach Mark Pryor said. "Tonight, we did a really good job offensively of finding the right hitter and that all starts with passing well. It really came together where we were able to execute tonight."
Sophomore Torri Campbell tied a career-high with 18 kills as one of five Baylor players with at least 10 kills in the match. Junior Briana Tolbert also tied a career-high with 11 kills, while Elizabeth Graham had 14 and Allison King and Ashlie Christenson each had 10. King, along with both Baylor setters, Brittany Ridenour and Kate Harris, posted double-doubles. King added a team-high 24 digs, while Ridenour had 29 assists and 15 digs, and Harris had 23 assists and 11 digs.
For Texas A&M, Big 12 points leader Kelsey Black took the offense on her shoulders with a match-high 28 kills with 10 errors in 73 total attempts. Libero Tori Mellinger had a match-high 26 digs for the Aggies.
On defense, the Baylor front row posted a season-high 15.0 total blocks, led by eight block assists from Campbell. Graham had six total blocks, while Tolbert and Ashley Byrd each had four. In the back row, libero Caitlyn Trice was the fourth Baylor player in double figures for the 17th straight time with 19 digs.
Baylor dominated the first set, scoring 15 of the last 21 points of the set. With the teams tied at 9-9, Baylor followed a Christenson service ace with back-to-back kills by King. Two consecutive kills by Campbell made it 17-11, before Tolbert and Christenson gave BU a nine-point lead at 23-14. Graham finished off the set with a kill at 25-15.
The Aggies got off to a hot start in the second set with a 10-5 lead, but got back-to-back service aces from Christenson to close it to 17-14. A 5-1 BU run, featuring kills by Campbell and Tolbert sandwiched around a service ace from Harris, tied it at 19-19. TAMU responded with four of the next five points to take control of the set before winning it 25-22 with a block.
Baylor bounced back in the third set to take the lead, but had to come from behind to do it. A&M had an 8-5 lead, but BU used a 4-1 run with kills by Christenson and Campbell to tie the score at 9-9. The teams then went on a spree of trading sideouts with the Aggies holding the advantage each time until Baylor used a 3-0 run to make the score 24-22. Campbell had a kill and a block with King, while Tolbert added a kill to start the run. King then finished off the set with a kill for a 25-23 win.
The ball bounced back in favor of TAMU in the fourth set, with the Aggies holding court to force a fifth. Baylor never held a lead in the set, getting only within two at 19-17 on a kill by Campbell. A&M put on a 6-3 run to end the set, helped by four BU attack errors.
The fifth turned into a wild one right from the beginning with BU using a 5-0 run just to take a one-point lead. Black had three kills in a row to build the original lead for A&M, but two Aggie attack errors and two kills by Tolbert got BU in the lead. Campbell then had two kills for a 10-9 BU lead, but the Aggies went up 13-12 with a block. One Aggie error and two kills by Christenson gave Baylor the win 15-13.
Baylor will be back on the road this weekend, taking on the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday. The first serve is scheduled for 6:30 MT/7:30 CT and will be audiostreamed live on www.BaylorBears.com.