Nov. 2, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. -
Francie Ekwerekwu led four Oklahoma players in double-digit kills with 17 kills, and Oklahoma withstood a Baylor rally as the Sooners topped the Bears 3-2 (25-27, 25-13, 25-12, 22-25, 15-13) on Sunday afternoon at McCasland Fieldhouse.
Baylor was without starting middle blocker Anna Breyfogle, who suffered a shoulder injury prior to the match and is listed as day-to-day. The Bears were forced to adjust their starting lineup, moving Ashley Byrd to middle blocker and inserting Krista Brenner as the starting right-side hitter.
The five set match is the second between the two teams this season. Baylor topped Oklahoma 3-2 earlier this season in Waco. The Bears now move to 1-2 on the season in five-set matches, while Oklahoma improves to 4-4 in five-set matches. The match also marks the second-straight time the Bears and Sooners have gone to five sets in Norman, as Oklahoma topped Baylor 3-2 at home last season.
Oklahoma won the first four points of the fifth set before a Sooner hitting error put Baylor on the board. The Bears battled back to 7-6 on another OU hitting error. Oklahoma pushed the lead to 12-8, but the Bears won four of the next five points to pull to within one at 13-12. A Baylor error and an Oklahoma kill gave the Sooners the 15-13 win.
Katie Sanders led the way for Baylor with 17 kills on the night. Byrd and Briana Tolbert each recorded nine kills, while Taylor Barnes and Allison King added seven kills apiece. King set a new career high for kills, seeing her first action at outside hitter in the fourth and fifth sets.
Barnes tallied 40 set assists and added one service ace on the day. Byrd led the net defense with five total blocks, while Sanders added four blocks for the Bears.
Sanders also led the back row defense with a season-high 22 digs. Her previous season-high was 21 against Oklahoma in Waco. Barnes added 18 digs, while King, Brittany Ridenour and Caitlyn Trice each collected 17 digs. Trice recorded a career-best digs, playing libero for the fourth and fifth sets, while King reached double-digit digs for the 18th-straight match.
Baylor recorded 104 digs on the night to establish a new season high. The total digs are the most in a single match since the Bears tallied 107 digs at Iowa State in 2002.
The two teams traded points through the first 30 serves before Baylor scored five-straight points to take a 20-14 lead. Oklahoma scored 10 of the next 12 points to take a 24-22 lead. After holding on three Oklahoma set points, Baylor scored three-straight points on a kill from Christenson and consecutive kills from Sanders to win the first set 27-25.
Oklahoma took the first five points of the second set, and quickly built an 8-2 lead. Baylor cut the lead to 14-10 on two kills from Sanders and a block, but the Sooners won eight of the next nine points to build a 22-12 lead. Oklahoma held on to win the second set by a 25-13 score.
The two teams traded the first 10 points of the third set before Oklahoma took eight-straight points to build a 13-5 lead. The Sooners stretched their lead to as many as 12 points at 21-9 before Baylor scored two-straight points to cut the lead back to 10. Oklahoma won four of the last five points to win the third set 25-12.
The Bears got out quickly in the fourth set, building a 9-4 lead on a kill from Brenner. Baylor extended its lead to nine at 20-11 before Oklahoma rallied to cut the lead to three at 21-18. The Sooners got to within two at 24-22, but Baylor won the set on a Sanders kill.
Baylor returns to action on Wednesday night as the Bears play host to third-ranked Texas at 7 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.