Oct. 31, 2007
WACO, Texas -
Ashlie Christenson recorded a career-high 18 kills, and Anna Breyfogle added 18 kills as Baylor downed Kansas 3-1 (30-19, 20-30, 30-24, 30-22) on Wednesday night. The win extends Baylor's winning streak to five-straight matches.
Baylor's five-match winning streak is the longest since the Bears won 11 in a row last season. The four-match conference winning streak is the longest since 2001, when the Bears also won four straight against Big 12 opponents.
"It seems like we are getting better each match," said head coach Jim Barnes. "This is a good win, and puts us in a good position for the rest of the season."
Baylor recorded 72 kills on .374 hitting for the match, the second highest team percentage on the season.
Christenson's 18 kills came on 30 attacks with only five hitting errors (.433). Breyfogle committed just two errors to record a .533 hitting percentage.
"Ashlie has gotten better in every match, and she really lit it up tonight, " said Barnes. "To just be a freshman and be so reliable on the outside is a big help to us. Anna has been tremendous recently. She was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week last week, and she probably could have won Offensive Player of the Week. She couldn't be stopped tonight."
Taylor Barnes tallied eight kills on .571 hitting and added 56 set assists and eight digs.
"When we win, it's usually because of our balance," said Barnes. "Taylor really stepped up for us tonight and ran a great offense."
Katie Sanders contributed 14 kills and 12 digs to record her 16th double-double of the season. The sophomore also added four service aces.
The Bears came out quickly in game one, connecting on 19 kills and only one hitting error for a .667 hitting percentage. The percentage tied the Baylor record for single-game attack percentage in the rally scoring era.
Breyfogle led the way for Baylor with four kills in four attempts and added three blocks. Sanders added four kills for the Bears.
Game two was a mirror opposite from game one, with Kansas jumping out early, and stretched its lead to 20-9. The Bears never got closer than nine points as the Jayhawks held on for a 30-20 win.
Emily Brown and Jenna Kaiser tallied four kills apiece in game two, while Natalie Uhart added three total blocks (one solo).
Baylor got out to an early 8-4 lead in game three to force a Kansas timeout. The Jayhawks battled back to tie the score at 18 apiece. Kansas then took a 21-20 lead before Baylor scored five straight points including consecutive service aces by Sanders. The Bears held on for a 30-24 win.
Breyfogle and Christenson both tallied six kills in the game, while Barnes dished out 15 set assists.
The Bears got out to another early lead in game four, and quickly stretched the margin to 16-8. Baylor got four straight points off Sanders' serve to extend the lead to 20-9. Baylor held match point at 29-18, but Kansas scored four straight before Christenson's kill ended the match.
Christenson tallied six kills in game four, while Breyfogle and Haley Thomas added five apiece. Barnes handed out 17 assists in the frame, while the Bears collected five service aces.
Baylor returns to action on Friday night as the Bears travel to face Missouri at 6:30 p.m. The live audio broadcast can be found on BaylorBears.com beginning at 6:20 p.m.