Oct. 18, 2013
WACO, Texas – The Baylor Bears will look to turn their fortune in the Big 12 volleyball standings Saturday as the team plays host to Oklahoma at 1 p.m. Baylor (9-12, 1-4) welcomes Oklahoma (15-4, 3-2) to the Ferrell Center after the Bears dropped a 3-set match to TCU Wednesday night.
Oklahoma has taken 18 of the last 22 matches from Baylor and leads the all-time series, 33-15. The Sooners swept the season series from the Bears last season, and haven’t lost in Waco since Sept. 28, 2008.
The match with OU marks the second of three consecutive home Big 12 matches, and Baylor is looking to bounce back after losing to TCU for only the second time in school history. Bears’ head coach Jim Barnes said an aggressive approach will be what Baylor needs to bounce back from Wednesday’s loss.
“We can battle back by playing disciplined, full-effort defense. We need to play our game from the first point aggressively and not get behind,” Barnes said. “If we do get behind, we have to play with more urgency on the defensive end.”
Oklahoma ranks in the top four in the Big 12 in six of the seven major categories, ranking first in digs at 16.86 per set. The Sooners also rank second in kills per set, averaging 3.66 and second in blocks at 1.36 per set.
“OU digs a lot of ball causing points to go long, so it’s important we frustrate them with our serve-block-dig on every defensive point,” said Barnes.