Oct. 18, 2006
WACO, Texas -
Baylor overcame a sluggish start to go up two games to one, but couldn't hold off Colorado down the stretch in games four and five as the Buffaloes rallied for a 3-2 (30-16, 34-36, 26-30, 30-27, 18-16) victory in Big 12 volleyball action Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center.
"We played hard and had an opportunity to win," head coach Jim Barnes said. "We just didn't execute under pressure. This is the first time we've used this lineup, so we're going to work out the kinks."
Senior middle blocker Desiree Guilliard-Young (Berkeley, Calif.) had a career-high 20 kills and added nine blocks to lead a season-high five players with double figure kills. Senior right-side hitter Nicole LeBlanc (Tampa, Fla.) posted her team-leading 13th double-double with 12 kills and 10 blocks, while freshmen Anna Breyfogle (Buda, Texas) and Katie Sanders (Katy, Texas) also added 12 kills.
Freshman setter Taylor Barnes (Arlington, Texas) had another solid all-around night, matching her career high with 11 kills to go along with 57 assists, eight digs, five blocks and three aces. Redshirt freshman Kelsey Smith (Lubbock, Texas) had a career highs in every category with nine kills, five digs and four blocks.
Junior libero Kristen Schramek (San Antonio, Texas) led Baylor (13-9, 2-8 Big 12) defensively with 14 digs, while senior outside hitter Deja Sweeney (Sacramento, Calif.) added 12 and sophomore defensive specialist Amanda Renz (The Woodlands, Texas) had 11, the fourth straight match she's reached double figures.
Amber Sutherland led Colorado (10-7, 6-4) with a match-high 22 kills and 12 digs, while Lauren Schaefer and Alex Buth added 14 kills each. Buth also had a double-double with 11 digs and five blocks. Kristen Karlik had a match-high 20 digs, while Ashley Nu'u had 11.
Colorado outhit Baylor, .200-.188, and outdug the Bears, 71-70, and outaced them, 6-4. The Bears outblocked the Buffaloes, 15.0-12.5.
Baylor let its opportunities slip away late in the match as it held a 22-17 lead in game four. Colorado stormed back with three straight points and eventually tied the game, 24-24. With the game tied, 26-26, the Buffaloes scored three straight, then sent the match to game five by claiming a 30-27 decision.
"We came out strong and aggressive in game four and we had the lead but couldn't finish it out," Guilliard-Young said. "Colorado played well, so all we can do is learn from it. We had that game won, we just gave it up in the end."
In game five, Baylor fought off match point down 14-13 and had match points of its own at 15-14 and 16-15. After that point, though, Colorado scored the final three points of the game to escape with a road victory and send the Bears to their seventh straight loss.
Baylor returns to action when it hosts Iowa State Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Ferrell Center. The Bears have a bye next Wednesday and it was announced that the match against Missouri has been moved to Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. to finish out the homestand.