Oct. 7, 2009
- Senior Anna Breyfogle
and freshman Torri Campbell
each hit over .400 to lead the 17th-ranked Bears to a 3-0 sweep (25-19, 25-23, 25-20) over Texas Tech at the United Spirit Arena on Wednesday night.
The win marked Baylor's sixth in a row in Big 12 play and moved their overall record to a spectacular 17-1 on the season. Breyfogle and Campbell were nearly unstoppable, combining for 20 kills and just three hitting errors in 31 total attempts. The Bears hit .309 (53-19-110) as a team, due in large part to their middle blockers. Katie Sanders led BU with 13 kills with six errors on 29 attempts, while Ashlie Christenson added seven and Elizabeth Graham totaled six. Setter Taylor Barnes had a solid all-around night with 42 assists, four kills, and four digs, along with two block assists.
On defense, Baylor held Texas Tech to a .173 hitting percentage (37-19-104), led by Amanda Dowdy's 11 kills. Allison King had nine digs to lead the Baylor back row, while Katie Sanders had eight and Jordan Rice had five. Breyfogle, the Big 12's leading blocker, had five blocks (one solo, four assist) to lead the Bears.
The story of the night was Texas Tech battling back from five- and six-point deficit on numerous occasions, but each time Baylor pulled together and scratched out the set.
In the first set, there were only two lead changes, but TTU tied the score nine different times. Back-to-back kills from Campbell and a kill by Christenson gave the Bears a quick 3-1 lead. Texas Tech battled back with three straight points to lead 5-4, then took a lead as late as 10-9, but Baylor answered with more of Christenson and Sanders to push lead to 16-14 with kills. After Tech tied it at 17, Baylor took over the set and got two kills from Graham, one from Campbell and one from Sanders to finish it off, 25-19.
Texas Tech took a 5-4 lead again in the second set, which featured 13 ties and three lead changes, but Baylor again went to Sanders, who racked up three kills in a row to give Baylor a 13-11 lead. After three attack errors, Baylor buckled down and ran off five of the next seven points on the strength of three consecutive Campbell kills, along with a kill from Graham to make it 21-16. Baylor made it set point with a Breyfogle kill at 24-20, but three points in a row from Tech pushed the set to the limit. With BU on their fifth set-point, Barnes set up Christenson for the finishing kill.
The Bears jumped out on Tech in the third set, taking a 7-2 lead with two kills from Breyfogle. The lead stayed at five after a Breyfogle block and kill, but the Red Raiders scored seven of the next nine to tie it at 14-all. Tech took a brief lead at 16-15, but four-straight by Baylor including two tone-setting blocks by Breyfogle, put the Bears in control 22-18. From there Barnes and Christenson finished off the night with kills and a 25-20 set win.
Baylor will be back in action on Saturday night against Big 12 rival Texas A&M. The first serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.