Nov. 15, 2006
WACO, Texas -
Baylor freshman outside hitter Katie Sanders (Katy, Texas) had a match-high 13 kills to lead the Bears to a 3-0 (30-15, 30-18, 30-24) victory over Kansas, the Bears' first sweep in conference play in more than four years, in Big 12 volleyball action Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center.
"It is exciting to finally win a conference match in three games," Sanders said. "As a team we really worked well together with our passing, so that was what helped us tonight."
Senior middle blocker Desiree Guilliard-Young (Berkeley, Calif.) added 11 kills and five blokcs. Redshirt freshman outside hitter Kelsey Smith (Lubbock, Texas) had eight kills and eight digs, while freshman middle blocker Anna Breyfogle (Buda, Texas) hit .462 with six kills and five blocks.
Junior libero Kristen Schramek (San Antonio, Texas) led the Bears (18-12, 6-11 Big 12) defensively with nine digs, while freshman setter Taylor Barnes (Arlington, Texas) had 35 assists and a career-high eight blocks. With two more aces, Barnes also moved to within six of Baylor's all-time single-season record with three matches remaining.
Savannah Noyes led Kansas (10-16, 3-14) with 10 kills, and Jana Correa had six kills and nine digs. Melissa Grieb had a match-high 11 digs, while Katie Martincich added nine. Kansas' kills leader and preseason All-Big 12 selection Emily Brown missed the match with a right foot injury.
"We talked with the team before the game about how Kansas was a man down, but we could not allow that to effect the way we played," head coach Jim Barnes said. "Sometimes with injuries teams will rally around and play extremely well. Luckily, we came out and played a great match tonight. It feels really good to get a conference sweep."
Baylor hit .324 for the match, while holding Kansas to .010. The Jayhawks were held to negative hitting percentages in game one (-.118) and game two (-.034). Kansas outdug Baylor, 47-34, but the Bears outblocked the Jayhawks, 10-2, and outaced them, 8-3.
In game one, Kansas took a 6-5 lead, but Baylor went on a 10-1 run to go up 15-7. The Bears didn't let up as they scored four straight to go up 27-13 before closing out the game, 30-15. Game two was much of the same as the Jayhawks held the early lead at 8-7. The Bears bounced back to an 11-8 advantage before the Jayhawks sided out. From there, Baylor went on an 11-1 run to take a 22-10 lead and went on to a 30-18 victory and take a 2-0 lead into the break.
In game three, the Bears slowly built a seven-point lead at 21-14, but Kansas came back and cut the lead to two at 25-23. Baylor got a side out, then scored the final three points of the match to close out the sweep, 30-24.
Baylor returns to action as it hits the road to face No. 1 Nebraska Saturday at 2 p.m. at Nebraska Coliseum in Lincoln, Neb. The live audio broadcast of the match will be available on BaylorBears.com at 1:45 p.m.