Nov. 8, 2008
BOULDER, Colo. -
Briana Tolbert tied her career high with 11 kills to lead Baylor to a 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-23) sweep over Colorado on Saturday afternoon at the Coors Events Center. The win snaps Baylor's four-match losing streak.
The win improves Baylor to 15-10 overall, 7-8 in the Big 12 Conference. The Bears' seven Big 12 wins are the most since the 2001 season when Baylor posted a 9-11 conference record.
Baylor also swept Colorado in their previous match-up in Waco. The Bears win both matches by a 3-0 score against a Big 12 opponent for the first time since the 2001 season. In 2001, Baylor recorded a pair of 3-0 wins over Oklahoma and Iowa State.
Tolbert's 11 kills came on .429 hitting as the Bears hit .262 as a team. Katie Sanders added nine kills, while Ashlie Christenson contributed eight kills. Allison King connected on seven kills for the Bears.
Taylor Barnes recorded 37 set assists to go along with two service aces. Sanders and King also recorded one service ace apiece.
Three Baylor players reached double-digit digs, led by King and Sanders who each tallied 11 digs. Caitlyn Trice added 10 digs in her second-consecutive start at libero. King recorded 10 or more digs for the 20th-straight match.
Baylor outblocked Colorado 11-6, led by seven blocks apiece for Christenson and Ashley Byrd. Both players set new career-highs on the night. Tolbert added four blocks for the Bears.
The Buffs jumped out to an early 8-4 lead in the first set before the Bears won six of the next seven points to take a 10-9 lead. Colorado jumped back out in front by three at 15-12, and held a 17-15 lead before Baylor reeled off a 5-0 run to lead by 20-17. With Baylor leading by one at 22-21, the Bears won three straight points on a kill, block and service ace to win the first set 25-21.
In the second set, Baylor won four straight points to take a 9-5 lead on a block by Christenson and Byrd. The Bears extended the lead to as many as 10 points at 18-8 after another run of five-straight points. Colorado made a run at the end of the set, but a Barnes kill gave Baylor the second set 25-19.
Baylor held an 8-5 advantage in the third set before six straight Colorado points put the Buffs in front 11-8. With the Bears trailing by four points, Baylor won five straight points to take a 15-14 lead. Baylor held a 24-20 lead before Colorado won three straight points to make the score 24-23. A kill from the right-side by Christenson gave Baylor the 25-23 sweep.
Baylor returns to action on Tuesday night as the Bears play host to TCU. The match is scheduled for first serve at 7 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.