Oct. 22, 2013
WACO, Texas - The Baylor Bears (9-13, 1-5) will conclude a 3-match Big 12 homestand Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center when they play host to Kansas State (14-5, 2-4). The match will air on Fox Sports Southwest Plus and is set to tip at 7 p.m.
Baylor is coming off two consecutive losses at home to Big 12 opponents falling to TCU Wednesday and Oklahoma Saturday, each in three sets. Wednesday night, the Bears will be without all-around outside hitter Thea Munch-Soegaard for the second-straight match. The sophomore suffered a foot injury in practice leading up to the OU match and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, which virtually ends her season.
Munch-Soegaard averaged 2.77 kills per set, 2.68 digs per set and 0.40 blocks per set in her sophomore campaign for Baylor in 2013 while recording nine double-doubles. With 10 conference games left to spare, Bears head coach Jim Barnes said the team will move on.
"We'll respond with hard work, the girls have been working extra hard, and they have the talent to [overcome the loss]. When you have to make adjustments, it takes a little bit of time to get used to that. We're putting work in the gym so we can start playing at the level we want to be at," Barnes said.
Baylor lost freshman Katie Staiger in the second match of the season to a knee injury after she led the Bears in kills through two matches, and Munch-Soegaard marks the second Baylor starter whose season was likely cut short by injury.
Kansas State is in a 3-way tie for fifth place in the Big 12 with West Virginia and TCU at 2-4. The Wildcats have taken victories over TCU and Texas Tech this season and will look to make it three-straight victories over Baylor Wednesday night after KSU swept last season's season series. KSU has not won a Big 12 road match this season.
The Wildcats' strength is its block, ranking second in the league averaging 2.74 blocks per set sparking the defense to hold opponents to just a .173 hitting percentage to rank third in the Big 12.
** FAN NOTES: Baylor will also be conducting its annual "Pink Day" an AVCA initiative to raise awareness for breast cancer. The first 300 fans in the building will receive a free pink Baylor Volleyball t-shirt, and a local vendor will be providing free pink manicures beginning one hour before the match.
For the majority of viewers in the region, the game will be carried on FSSW+, however, viewers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will need to tune into FCS Atlantic due to a conflict with a TCU volleyball broadcast. DirecTV customers can see the game in standard definition on channel 677, or high definition on 677-1. Dish Network customers can see the match on channel 442 in standard definition or 9580 in high definition. **