Sep 5, 2013
Baylor Classic Tournament Site | Baylor Match Notes
**Note to fans; All games will have live stats, only Baylor matches will be streamed with audio / video
WACO, Texas - After a three-set sweep over SMU Tuesday got Baylor's (1-3) volleyball team in the win column, the Bears will look to keep the momentum moving at the Baylor Classic Friday and Saturday. The Bears will play host to Tulsa Friday at 7 p.m., and two matches Saturday with UT Arlington at 10 a.m. and Mississippi State at 7 p.m.
The Bears are coming off a hot offensive performance against the Mustangs, as the team hit .421 after combining for just a .226 mark in three consecutive losses to start the season. Baylor's sweep was highlighted by Laura Jones' 14 kills and Adrien Richburg's record-setting match with 10 kills and 10 attempts.
Richburg became the only Baylor player in history to have a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage with a minimum of 10 kills, and she was just the third player in Big 12 history to accomplish the feat.
The Bears will take on a 3-1 Tulsa team Friday, followed by a 3-1 UT Arlington squad Saturday morning and Mississippi State to close Saturday night; the Rebels are 2-2 this season.
Word officially came down Thursday morning that Baylor will be without freshman Katie Staiger for the remainder of the season. Staiger led Baylor through two matches with 21 kills, but she sustained a season-ending knee injury Saturday in the final set of a five-set loss to Cal Poly. She will apply for a medical redshirt at the conclusion of the season.
"We will be with Katie every step of the way in her recovery," said head coach Jim Barnes. "She is one of the top players in the country, and Katie's work ethic will get her back to that level."
Barnes and crew said there is a positive outlook for the weekend, especially after the offensive explosion against SMU.
"Our focus is to build on the things we improved on this week against SMU: Aggressive serving, attacking and defense," said Barnes. "Also, we will see which individuals continue to step up during crucial times. Hopefully this weekend we can get in other players as well to get more evaluation done in a live match setting."
UTA and Mississippi State will play neutrally Friday 4:30 p.m., Tulsa will face Mississippi State Saturday at 4:30 p.m., and UTA and Tulsa will play Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in the neutral matches of the Baylor Classic. Fans can follow the tournament website for stats, scores and updates at http://BaylorBears.com/13baylorclassic.