Nov. 14, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. - Mariana Blum recorded 18 kills and Francie Ekwerekwu added 17 kills as 22nd-ranked Oklahoma held on for a 3-2 (30-27, 27-30, 30-24, 24-30, 16-14) win on Wednesday night at McCasland Field House. The loss marks Baylor's fourth in a row, with all four coming in five games.
Baylor (14-14, 6-11 Big 12) has now played four-straight five-game matches for the first time in program history. The Bears have played three five-game matches in a row on seven different occasions. On none of those occasions did Baylor lose all three matches.
During the four-match losing streak, Baylor has dropped 12 of 20 total games. In the first round of Big 12 play, the Bears lost to the same four teams by a combined score of 12-1.
The teams traded serves early in game five, with Oklahoma (20-7, 12-5 Big 12) scoring two straight to hold an 8-6 lead as the teams traded sides of the court. Haley Thomas scored a kill to make the score 8-7, but two straight from Oklahoma gave the Sooners the 10-7 lead, forcing Baylor into a timeout.
Two kills by Katie Sanders and a block by Thomas and Anna Breyfogle tied the score at 10 apiece. The two teams traded the next nine serves before Anna Stadel recorded a service ace on match point to give Oklahoma the 16-14 win.
Sanders tallied her 20th double-double of the season and her first-career 20 kill-20 dig match. The last time a Baylor player recorded 20 kills and 20 digs was last season when Nicole LeBlanc tallied 21 kills and 21 digs against UC-Davis. A 20 kill-20 dig match has only been accomplished 21 times in Baylor history.
Oklahoma also got double-figure kills from Sarah Weiland, and the Sooners had three players recorded more than 20 digs, led by Blum's 24.
Taylor Barnes tallied a match-high 62 set assists and added three services aces to increase her conference-leading total to 45 on the season. She also tied a career-high with 19 digs for her 12th double-double of the season.
After trading points through the first six serves in game one, Oklahoma scored four straight, including consecutive kills by Blum, to take a 7-3 lead and force Baylor into a timeout. Baylor rallied to tie the score at 19 apiece on a kill by Christenson and a block assist from Christenson and Thomas.
The Bears took their first lead at 21-20 on Barnes' second service ace of the game. Baylor also took the lead at 23-22 and 25-24 before Oklahoma won two straight points to lead 26-25 and force Baylor's second timeout. The Sooners stretched their run to four straight points and close the match 30-27 with blocks in their final two points.
Sanders led the way in game one with seven kills, while Blum led Oklahoma with six putaways. The Sooners tallied four team blocks to Baylor's 2.5 blocks.
Baylor got a quick lead in game two, winning five of six points to take a 6-3 lead. With Baylor holding a slim 11-10 lead, the Bears reeled off four straight points to take a 15-10 lead. After Oklahoma cut the lead to two at 22-20, Baylor scored two straight on a Christenson kill and block to lead by four.
The Sooners used three straight Bear hitting errors to cut the lead to 24-23. Baylor got three straight kills from Christenson to pull ahead 27-23 and force Oklahoma into a timeout. Barnes tallied another service ace as Baylor won game two 30-27 following a Thomas kill.
Sanders and Christenson each recorded five kills in the game and the Bears took advantage of five Oklahoma service errors. Grace totaled six digs as Baylor tallied five more digs than Oklahoma.
Oklahoma scored five out of six early points to take an early 5-2 game three lead. Baylor used two kills and two hitting errors to tie the game at six apiece. The Sooners went on a 6-1 run to build a 12-7 lead and force Baylor into its first timeout. Oklahoma stretched its lead to as many as seven on three occasions.
The Bears scored five straight points to cut the lead to 16-14 after three straight Sooners hitting errors. Baylor cut the lead to two points at 23-21 and 25-23, but Oklahoma won five of the final six points to win game three 30-24.
Ekwerekwu tallied six kills in the game for Oklahoma, and Bridget LaPlante recorded eight digs. The Sooners recorded five blocks in game three as Baylor hit just .045 for the game.
The Sooners scored four of five points to jump out to a 6-3 game four lead. Baylor then scored four straight points, including two kills and a block from Breyfogle, to take a 7-6 lead. Following a Baylor hitting error that tied the score at seven, the Bears scored four straight to take an 11-7 lead.
Oklahoma cut the lead to 14-13 on a Blum kill, but Baylor extended its lead to as many as six points at 23-17. A block by Breyfogle and Barnes made the score 26-19 and forced Oklahoma into its first timeout. After two points by the Sooners, kills by Sanders and Breyfogle pushed Baylor's lead to 28-21, forcing another Oklahoma timeout. The Bears held on for a 30-24 win to force game five.
Breyfogle tallied six kills, while Sanders and Thomas added four for the Bears in game four. Baylor tallied four more digs than the Sooners in the game.
Baylor returns to action on Saturday as the Bears play host to third-ranked Texas. First serve time, which was altered due to Baylor football versus Oklahoma State, is now 3 p.m. The live audio can be found at BaylorBears.com beginning at 2:50 p.m.