Nov. 13, 2013
WACO, Texas – Baylor picked up an elusive fourth Big 12 win Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center by sweeping Texas Tech 25-21, 25-19, 25-22. The Bears (12-16, 4-8) snapped a three-match losing skid in league play by hitting .321 as a team and holding the Red Raiders (9-19, 2-10) to just a .113 mark.
Zoe Adom and Adrien Richburg had 11 kills apiece while Laura Jones was one kill shy of a double-double with 12 digs and nine kills. Kayci Evans had 13 digs defensively, and the Bears out-blocked TTU 10-4.
Baylor closed the match on an 8-1 run and scored the last five points of the third set to take the victory. Texas Tech led 21-17 in the third set after a kill from Aubree Piper, but Baylor battled back for its second sweep of a Big 12 opponent. Jones’ three kills and service ace highlighted the closing run for Baylor.
The Bears have now won 17 of the last 18 matches with Texas Tech and swept the season series after their win over TTU in Lubbock, Oct. 26.
- Zoe Adom’s 11 kills (.375) helped her pass the 300-kills mark for the season for the first time in her career.
- Richburg had 11 kills (.500) and her seven kills was one shy of her season-high.
- Baylor’s .321 hitting percentage marks the fourth time this season the Bears have hit over .300 as a team, and it was the first time since a .345 effort against Appalachian State, Sept. 13.
- The Bears’ 10 blocks marks the ninth time this season that Baylor’s defense has reached double-digits in that category.
- Richburg’s 11 kills marks the sixth time this season she’s reached double-digit kills and the fifth time she’s hit .500 or better with a minimum of seven kills.
STAT OF THE GAME I
31 – The Baylor defense held Texas Tech to 31 kills, which marks the lowest output by an opponent vs. Baylor this season. The previous low was North Texas’ 37, Sept. 21, and Baylor won that match in three sets.
STAT OF THE GAME II
100 – Laura Jones’ four blocks were second on the team Wednesday night, and it gave her 100 for her career.
THEY SAID IT
Jim Barnes on the Bears’ performance
“We had a good offense tonight. We got a lot of different hitters involved, Morgan [Reed] did a good job of distributing the ball, and it was nice to see. We’ve been really working on being disciplined on the block. If you do the little things consistently you’ll eventually get them, and blocks usually come in bunches. My favorite part of the match was seeing us down late in the set, we showed a lot of character to flip it at the end and win it.”
The Bears head to Norman, Okla. Saturday night to face OU at 7 p.m. Baylor lost in three sets to the Sooners, Oct. 19 in Waco.