Volleyball Travels to No. 17 Kansas State

Sept. 26, 2008

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BAYLOR VOLLEYBALL TRAVELS TO NO. 17 KANSAS STATE The Baylor volleyball team hits the road for the second-straight weekend as the Bears face No. 17 Kansas State at Ahearn Field House on Saturday night at 7 p.m. The Bears are coming off a 3-2 win over Oklahoma on Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center. The win puts Baylor at 11-2 overall, 3-0 in Big 12 action. The Bears open conference play with three-straight wins for the first time in program history. Baylor also snaps a five-match losing streak against the Sooners, dating back to 2005. Katie Sanders and Anna Breyfogle led the Bears with 21 and 19 kills, respectively. Sanders also tallied 21 digs on the night, marking her third-career match with 20 kills and 20 digs. The last time she achieved the feat was last season at Oklahoma when she recorded 22 kills and 28 digs. Kansas State enters the match with a 12-2 overall record, 2-1 in conference play. The Wildcats fell 3-1 to Nebraska in their first conference match of the season. Since the loss, Kansas State swept Colorado and Texas A&M. Rita Liliom leads the Wildcats with 204 kills, while Natalya Korobkova, Kelsey Chipman and Megan Farr have each topped 100 kills for the season. Jenny Jantsch leads the team with 13 service aces, while Farr leads the team with 65 total blocks. The match, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., will have an audio webcast available at BaylorBears.com and live stats at KStateSports.com.

LAST TIME AGAINST KANSAS STATE Rita Liliom recorded 19 kills and Jenny Jantsch added 18 kills for Kansas State as the 12th-ranked Wildcats rallied to down Baylor (28-30, 30-19, 28-30, 31-29, 15-11) at the Ferrell Center. Baylor dropped its third-straight match in the fifth game. Following its season-best five-match winning streak, Baylor has dropped three-straight matches by a 3-2 score. Each of the 3-2 losses (Missouri, Iowa State, Kansas State) came against opponents that swept Baylor in the teams' first meeting. Katie Sanders tallied a match-high 25 kills, while Anna Breyfogle and Ashlie Christenson added 15 kills apiece for Baylor. Haley Thomas also reached double-figures with 10 kills, while Kelsey Smith recorded nine kills on .364 hitting in her first action on the front row. Taylor Barnes tied her career-high with 63 assists, and added her league-leading 42nd service ace. The Bears tallied 13 total blocks, including seven (two solo) from Thomas in her first action at middle blocker and six (two solo) from Breyfogle. Smith set a season-high with five blocks.

LAST TIME OUT Katie Sanders tallied 21 kills and Anna Breyfogle connected on 19 kills as Baylor defeated Oklahoma 3-2 (25-18, 21-25, 25-21, 26-28, 15-13) on Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center. With the win, Baylor moves to 3-0 in the Big 12 Conference, the first time that Baylor has won its first three conference matches in program history. Baylor won its first two conference matches in 1996 and 1997, the first two seasons of the Big 12. The two teams traded points through the first 20 serves of the fifth set. Baylor pulled in front by two at 11-9 on a hitting error and ball handling error. After a timeout by Oklahoma, the Sooners responded with back-to-back kills to tie the match at 11 apiece. With the match tied at 12-12, Baylor got kills from Briana Tolbert and Breyfogle to give the Bears match point. After an Oklahoma side out, Breyfogle connected on her 19th kill to end the match. Sanders also tallied 21 digs on the night, marking her third-career 20 kill-20 dig match. The last time she achieved the feat was at Oklahoma last season when she tallied 22 kills and 28 digs. Breyfogle's 19 kills came on .359 hitting. She also added a team-high six blocks, including one solo. Ashlie Christenson also reached double-digit kills with 15 kills.



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