Oct. 9, 2013
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Baylor picked up its first Big 12 volleyball win Wednesday night at WVU Coliseum sweeping the Mountaineers, 25-23, 25-20, 25-22. The Bears (9-11, 1-3) used a balanced offensive effort hitting .299 for the program’s sixth-consecutive win over the Mountaineers (15-3, 2-2).
Thea Munch-Soegaard collected her ninth double-double of the season, leading the Bears with 11 kills and tied for the team-high with a dozen digs. Zoe Adom added 10 kills while neither Laura Jones or Tola Itiola had an attacking error while recording nine and seven kills apiece.
Baylor’s had control of the first two sets early and took victories, but West Virginia built leads of 16-10 and 18-12 before the Bears stormed back to close the match with 15 of the last 21 points to take the match.
- Thea Munch Soegaard had her ninth double-double of the season with 11 kills and 12 digs. Her 12 digs put the sophomore over the 450-career digs mark.
- Zoe Adom’s 10 kills came at a .348 hitting clip, her highest since hitting .444 against SMU, Sept. 3
- Mackenzie Mayo had a dozen digs and Amy Rosenbaum had her second double-double of the season with 35 assists and 12 digs.
- Baylor’s .299 hitting percentage was the highest since the Bears hit .345 in a sweep of Appalachian State, Sept. 13.
- Laura Jones and Tola Itiola each went without an attacking error with nine and seven kills respectively. Both players also had four assisted blocks.
- Kayci Evans’ five digs puts the senior defensive specialist past the 500-career digs mark.
- Baylor now leads the all-time series with West Virginia, 6-0.
STAT OF THE GAME I
13-4 – Baylor put together a 13-4 run to close out set three after falling behind 18-12, highlighted by three kills from Jones.
STAT OF THE GAME II
9 – Thea Munch-Soegaard has nine double-doubles in 16 matches played this season.
THEY SAID IT
Baylor head coach Jim Barnes on Baylor’s comeback in set three
“We had to fight to come back, and to do that in the set late in the game when we were down six, I think it just showed a lot that they were able to regroup. They had a lot of good leadership during that run that allowed us to finish that set off.”
Jim Barnes on Laura Jones and Tola Itiola’s efficient performance
“That’s why we sided out so efficiently. Those two were a really good one-two punch, and when they are playing at that level, those are two athletic kids that are tough to start, like they were tonight.”
Baylor will play its next three Big 12 matches in the friendly confines of the Ferrell Center in Waco, beginning with TCU Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. after the Bears’ bye weekend.