Nov. 29, 2008
WACO, Texas - Jordan Larson recorded 20 kills and a Baylor upset bid fell short as Nebraska held on to defeat Baylor 3-1 (25-22, 26-28, 25-10, 25-20) on Saturday night at the Ferrell Center. The Bears fall to 18-13 overall, 9-11 in the Big 12 Conference.
Baylor's nine conference wins are the most since the Bears also won nine league matches during the 2001 season, Baylor's last appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Baylor finishes the regular season with the best record of the Jim Barnes Era, tying for the most overall wins during his five-year tenure. The Bears finished the 2006 season with an 18-15 overall record.
Katie Sanders led the way for Baylor, recording 13 kills and 17 digs for her 15th kill-dig double-double of the season. Anna Breyfogle tallied 10 kills and added seven total blocks, including one solo. Ashlie Christenson also reached double-digit kills with 10 kills on the night.
Baylor recorded a 72-68 advantage in digs, but Nebraska tallied 16 stuff blocks to 10 for the Bears.
The Bears got out quickly in the first set turning an 8-8 tie into an 18-12 lead on a Breyfogle kill forcing Nebraska to use its second timeout of the first set. The Huskers rallied to tie the score at 21 apiece, and then scored five of six points to take the first set 25-22.
Baylor rallied in the second set to even the match at a set apiece. After exchanging the first 20 serves, Nebraska built a four-point lead at 19-15 before Baylor won four-straight points to tie the score at 19 apiece. Baylor couldn't covert on its first set point and fought off a Nebraska set point with a Christenson kill. The Bears then tallied a block and a Breyfogle kill to win the second set by a 28-26 score.
Nebraska dominated the third set, recording 17 kills and no errors, while Baylor committed six hitting errors with only 10 kills.
In the fourth set, Baylor built a five point lead at 12-7 on a Nebraska hitting error. The Bears maintained their lead until Nebraska tied the score at 19 apiece. With the score tied 20-20, Nebraska won five straight points to close out the match.
Baylor finishes the regular season with an 18-13 overall record, 9-11 in Big 12 action. The Bears will learn their postseason fate on Sunday night at 9 p.m. with the NCAA Tournament Selection Show broadcast live on ESPNU.