Nov. 19, 2011
WACO, Texas - On senior night, Baylor fell just shy in its upset bid against No. 13 Iowa State, falling in five sets (25-22, 12-25, 15-25, 26-24, 12-15) to the Cyclones on Saturday at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.
"These seniors have been the core of our program for the last four years and have been very successful," head coach Jim Barnes said. "Each one of them will definitely be missed."
The Bears battled back from down 2-1 to force a fifth set, but blew a six-point lead in the deciding set to fall 15-12. Baylor was up 8-2 at the court-change in the fifth, but Iowa State buckled down and scored 13 of the last 17 points to win the set and match. The big difference in the match came at the net with Iowa State racking up 15.0 total blocks, compared to 6.0 for Baylor.
"I'm really proud of the way we came out and fought back against a really good team," Barnes said. "We got a huge spark off the bench from Brittany Ridenour and Tori Cox. But, we were up 8-2 and 9-4 in the fifth and, unfortunately, we weren't able to put them away."
Baylor junior Torri Campbell led the offense with 14 kills, while senior Briana Tolbert and sophomore Zoe Adom each had nine. Baylor senior Brittany Ridenour entered at setter to replace junior Kate Harris in the fourth set and provided a lift to the offense in the last two sets with 17 assists. Harris had 25 assists in the first three sets.
On the other side, Iowa State's Carly Jenson led the match with 17 kills as one of three Cyclones with at least 10. ISU libero Kristen Hahn had 29 digs and middle blocker Tenisha Matlock had eight blocks.
In the first set, Baylor was able to go on a 4-0 run to take a 12-8 lead with a solo block by Campbell and a kill by Adom. The Bears never relinquished the lead from there, ending the set with a 4-1 run on set-capping kill by Campbell to make it 25-22.
The second and third sets were controlled by big runs from the Cyclones. In the second set, ISU scored seven in a row to start and Baylor never got within six again on the way to a 25-12 win. In the third set, Baylor erased a six-point deficit to tie it at 15-15, but ISU scored 10 in a row to win the set 25-15.
The fourth set seemed to be going Iowa State's way, as the Cyclones built an 8-4 lead early. Baylor came back to take the lead at 11-9 on a Campbell service ace. ISU then took the lead back at 22-20, but the Bears buckled down and scored four in a row with kills by Zhang and Dibbern for a 24-22 lead. After ISU tied it at 24-24, the Bears got kills from Zhang and Tolbert to finish it off 26-24.
The fifth set saw Baylor fly out to an 8-2 lead with kills by four different players, two by Dibbern. The Cyclones then pulled their game together to battle back for an 11-9 lead. After a Baylor timeout, two ISU errors tied the score at 12-12, but two Cyclone kills and a BU error ended it at 15-12.
Baylor will travel to Kansas for its final regular season game of the year next Saturday, Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Lawrence, Kan. Baylor will have a bye in the Big 12 schedule on Wednesday. The Bears swept the Jayhawks in the meeting of the two squads earlier this season in Waco.