WACO, Texas – No. 24 Baylor volleyball (16-5, 6-2 Big 12) dropped a 3-0 loss to the 11th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center, 25-14, 25-22, 25-14.
Snapping a nine-game home winning streak and four-match winning streak, the Bears were unable to get going offensively, hitting .088 as a team. Junior Aniah Philo led the charge with a team-high nine kills and chipped in 12 digs for the near double-double. Katie Staiger added eight, and Yossiana Pressley had seven.
Senior Jana Brusek notched her 1,500th career dig against the Jayhawks (17-3, 6-1 Big 12), logging 12 on the night to bring her overall total to 1,505.
Baylor is only the second team to deny the Jayhawks a service ace this season as BU gave up zero Wednesday night.
BU forced two early hitting errors to go up 2-0 in the opening set, but the lead would soon get away from the Bears as the team had nine kills but eight attack errors (.029) to fall 25-14 and give KU the early advantage.
Baylor came out fast in the second frame as a Shelly Fanning kill put the Bears up 6-2. After losing the lead at the media timeout, BU tied it up at 21-21 after a Pressley kill before the Jayhawks closed out the set on a 4-1 run.
The Bears were forced to burn an early timeout after Kansas jumped out to the 5-0 lead in the third set. BU couldn’t get any closer to four points as an .061 attack efficiency helped lead Kansas to the sweep.
• Aniah Philo led the Bears with nine kills and 12 digs.
• Jana Brusek recorded her 1,500th career dig as she totaled 12 against the Jayhawks.
• The Bears limited Kansas to zero service aces in the match. It was the first time since Illinois State on Aug. 26 that BU did not give up an ace.
• Hannah Lockin recorded 25 assists in the loss.
• Baylor now trails the all-time series, 24-22. The Bears still lead the series in Waco, 14-9.
• BU limited 2017 Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Kelsie Payne to two kills on 18 attacks for a negative hitting percentage (-.056).
STAT OF THE MATCH
0 – the amount of service aces Baylor gave up to 11th-ranked Kansas.
“I’m absolutely disappointed. We are so much better than what we did. Kansas is very, very sharp, so they didn’t give away anything or make it easy for us. It just wasn’t Baylor volleyball tonight. I think Aniah (Philo) showed a little fire. Tola (Itiola) came off (the bench) and did some good things, but offensively we were never in rhythm and we weren’t terminating very well. Defensively, if we slowed balls down we didn’t transition. We didn’t turn those into points.” –head coach Ryan McGuyre
The Bears take a break this weekend and are back in action next Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Texas Tech in Lubbock. The match is slated for a 7 p.m. CT start.