Preview: Volleyball Hosts LSU in Midweek Matchup

Sept. 12, 2017


WACO, Texas -- Baylor volleyball (6-3) will host LSU (8-1) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Ferrell Center in the final non-conference week for the Bears.

This will be the first home match since opening weekend as the Bears have returned home from two straight road tournaments, going 4-2.

BU's match vs. LSU will be Social Media Night where fans will receive ticket discounts for following Baylor volleyball on their social media platforms. There will also be a poster giveaway of one of four seniors.

The match will be broadcasted live on Fox Sports Southwest Plus with John Morris (play-by-play) and Baylor volleyball alum Alex Bannister (color analyst) on the call.

The Bears trail the all-time series, 5-3, but most recently swept the Tigers in Baton Rouge last season.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS
• LSU is off to its best start since the 2010 season (8-1) as the Tigers have only dropped a four-set match to (RV) North Carolina on the road.
• Prior to that, the 8-0 start to the season included wins over Northwestern, USF, UConn, High Point and LIU Brooklyn.
• The Tigers are one win away from matching their win total from the two previous years, going 9-20 in 2015 and 2016.
• Freshman Taylor Bannister leads the team in hitting with 3.03 kills per set on a .366 attack efficiency.
• The Tigers were picked to finish ninth in the 2017 SEC Preseason Coaches' Poll behind preseason favorites Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Texas A&M, Auburn, Tennessee, South Carolina and Arkansas.

BEARS GO 4-2 ON 11-DAY ROAD TRIP
• Most recently, Baylor volleyball was on the road from Aug. 30 to Sept. 10 to compete in two tournaments: the Cougar Challenge in Pullman, Wash. and the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
• BU went 2-1 in Hawai'i and secured wins over Nevada and then-No. 10 BYU. The Bears fell to host Hawai'i last Friday.
• In the Bears' four-set win over Nevada, the Bears scratched five set points from the Wolf Pack to avoid a fifth set. Katie Staiger led all players with 19 kills on a .218 attack effort.
• Baylor and Hawai'i exchanged hits in the Friday night matchup, sending the match into a fifth set. Yossiana Pressley set a season-high 18 kills to lead the Bears, but BU eventually fell 16-14 in the final set.
• BU came storming back the next day to upset undefeated No. 10 BYU (now 8-1) after dropping the first two sets. BYU went on a 4-0 and 3-0 run to close out the first two frames, but Baylor took the fifth set 15-10 for their first top-10 win in the McGuyre era and the first since BU upset No. 9 UCLA in the NCAA Second Round in 2009.
Katie Staiger led all players with 26 kills against BYU on a .303 hitting efficiency, helping her earn all-tournament status in Hawai'i.
• Baylor went 2-1 at the Cougar Challenge, hosted by Washington State in Pullman, Wash. last weekend. The runner-up finish included wins over (RV) Washington State and Quinnipiac.
• The Bears downed the Washington State Cougars in five sets on Aug. 31. Katie Staiger and Shelly Fanning led Baylor with 17 kills apiece. This is the second-straight five-set win over WSU. Last season, BU outlasted the Cougars in five in Waco.
• Baylor came out the next night and swept Quinnipiac for its fourth-straight win. Shelly Fanning hit .714 (10 kills, 0 errors, 14 attempts) which is tied for fifth-best in a three-set match in Baylor history. This was the second time Fanning made the list this season (hit .765 against UC-Santa Barbara with 13 kills on 17 swings).
• Baylor fell short in the Cougar Challenge finale, winning the first and third sets against the College of Charleston but ultimately dropping the match in five sets. Katie Staiger, Aniah Philo and Hannah Lockin all recorded double-doubles in the loss.

FRESHMEN CONTRIBUTING EARLY
Hannah Lockin and Yossiana Pressley have played in every set this season as true freshmen.
• Lockin is averaging 10.73 assists per set while Pressley is averaging 2.81 kills per set. Pressley leads the team in aces (10).

FANTASTIC FANNING
Shelly Fanning currently leads the team in hitting efficiency, averaging 2.89 kills per set on a .411 attack percentage.
• The redshirt sophomore has broken the top-five performances in hitting efficiency during a three-set match twice this season.
• She hit .765 (14 kills, 0 errors, 17 attempts) against UC-Santa Barbara which ranks third, and Fanning hit .714 (10 kills, 0 errors, 14 attempts) against Quinnipiac which ties for fifth all-time.

RECEIVING RECOGNITION IN AVCA COACHES POLL
• Baylor volleyball received 31 votes in the Sept. 11 edition of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Poll.
• The Bears have received votes for three straight weeks (last week: four votes).
• Four Big 12 teams are either ranked or receiving votes: No. 6 Texas, No. 9 Kansas, No. 19 Iowa State and Baylor (RV).

MILESTONES AND RECORD WATCHING
Katie Staiger is five kills away from passing Tisha Schwartz (2000-03) for the fifth-most kills in Baylor program history. She currently has 1,497 kills.
Katie Staiger, Camryn Freiberg and Jana Brusek all played in their 100th career matches during the 11-day road trip (Staiger-WSU, Freiberg-Nevada, and Brusek-BYU). All three earned wins during their 100th career match.
• Freiberg will play in her 44th career match with Baylor against LSU, having played 59 at High Point before transferring her junior year.

 

 

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