The Baylor volleyball team will play host to its first home match with SMU at 6 p.m. Tuesday night at the Ferrell Center. The Bears come home after a road trip to Colorado left the team with a 0-3 start to the season for the first time since 2002.
SMU (2-1), who nixed Baylor's trip to the NCAA Tournament with a win over the Bears in the 2012 regular season finale Nov. 24, is coming off a two-win performance at the Texas State Invite in San Marcos over the weekend.
The Last Meeting
November 24, 2012
The Bears dropped matches to Colorado State Friday night and to Cal Poly and Northern Colorado Saturday. Baylor hit just .226 over the weekend, and the team's leader in kills through two matches, Katie Staiger
, left the Cal Poly match in the fifth set and has not returned.
Staiger's injury came on her 15th kill of the match, knotting the score at seven apiece as she landed awkwardly on the attempt. Cal Poly went on to take the set, 15-13, and the match. The freshman outside hitter did not play in the match with Northern Colorado later Saturday night and will not play against SMU until she has had an official doctor evaluation to determine the injury status.
"That was the toughest weekend I've seen a team go through in my career. We've gathered some valuable information from the matches and will learn from them quickly," said Baylor head coach Jim Barnes. "Offensively we did some good things, but we have to improve our serve and defense. SMU is a very good team with a great rightside hitter. We will have to serve and defend well to beat them."
SMU swept Quinnipiac and Lamar over the weekend but fell to Texas State, 3-1. Maddie Lazano, a senior middle blocker for the Mustangs, led SMU over the weekend with 23 kills, 14 blocks and a .326 hitting percentage.