Head coach Jim Barnes and the Bears face Colorado on Saturday.
Nov. 7, 2008
WACO, Texas -
BAYLOR VOLLEYBALL TRAVELS TO COLORADO
The Baylor volleyball team hits the road as the Bears travel to face Colorado on Saturday night at 5 p.m. at the Coors Events Center. The Bears are coming off a 3-0 loss at home to fourth-ranked Texas on Wednesday night. In that match, Baylor had a chance to even the match at one set apiece, but could not capitalize on three set points in the second frame as Texas rallied to win 30-28 on its way to the three-set sweep. In Baylor's earlier match with Colorado, the Bears tallied 13.5 total blocks and held Colorado to a negative hitting percentage as Baylor defeated Colorado 3-0 in Waco. Katie Sanders leads Baylor with 298 kills this season, while five other Bears have topped 100 kills on the season. Taylor Barnes has collected 880 assists and a league-high 38 service aces. Anna Breyfogle leads the conference with 1.52 blocks per set, while freshman Allison King has recorded 346 digs this season and holds a 19-match streak with 10 or more digs. Colorado enters the match following a 3-0 loss at Kansas on Wednesday night. The loss snapped the Buffs two-match winning streak after Colorado upset then-second-ranked Nebraska. Alex Buth leads the way for Colorado with 231 kills, while Kaitlyn Burkett has recorded 775 assists. Callie Webster leads the team with 277 digs, while Alex Penewell leads the team with a 1.11 blocks per set average. The match, scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Central Time, will have live stats at www.GoBuffs.com and a live audio webcast available on www.BaylorBears.com.
LAST TIME AGAINST COLORADO
The Baylor volleyball team cruised past Colorado 3-0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-13) at the Ferrell Center. The win is the third-straight for Baylor over the Buffaloes and marks only the second time in school history that the Bears have swept Colorado. With the win, Baylor improves its record to 12-3 overall, 4-1 in Big 12 action. The Bears move to 4-1 in the Big 12 for the first time in conference history. Baylor defeated Colorado 3-0 on Oct. 4, 2000 in Boulder for the only other Baylor sweep. The win is just the fifth in Baylor history over Colorado as the Buffaloes hold a 21-5 series advantage. The Bears dominated on defense, outblocking Colorado 13.5-2 on the match. Baylor also recorded 45 digs to only 28 for the Buffaloes. The Baylor defense held Colorado to a -.083 hitting percentage. Baylor hit .385 on the night, recording 39 kills against just nine hitting errors in 78 total attacks. The hitting percentage ranks as the second-highest in the Big 12 this season. Kansas State hit for a .387 clip against Colorado earlier this season. Anna Breyfogle led the way for Baylor with 10 kills and 10 total blocks, including two solos. Her 10 kills came on an errorless 13 swings as she hit for a season-best .769 clip. The hitting percentage ranks as the second-highest in Breyfogle's career, and her best mark in a Big 12 match. Breyfogle's 10 kills ranks as the second-highest total in Baylor history for a three-set match. Cory Sivertson tallied 11 blocks against Lamar in 1993, and Erin McElwain recorded 11 blocks against Stephen F. Austin in 1993 to set the Baylor school record. Katie Sanders tallied nine kills on .444 hitting, while Briana Tolbert and Ashlie Christenson each recorded seven kills apiece. Taylor Barnes recorded 31 set assists to lead the Bears, while Allison King tallied a match-high 14 digs. Brittany Ridenour also tallied double-digit digs with 11, the second time in her career to notch 10 or more digs. King led the Baylor service game, recording three of the team's nine service aces. Ridenour added two service aces for the Bears.
LAST TIME OUT
Destinee Hooker tallied 15 kills and Juliann Faucette added 10 more as fourth-ranked Texas defeated Baylor 3-0 (25-18, 30-28, 25-21) on Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center. Baylor was playing its second-straight match without middle blocker Anna Breyfogle, who suffered a shoulder injury prior to the Oklahoma match on Sunday. The junior is expected to be sidelined for two weeks. Katie Sanders led the Baylor attack with 11 kills and added 12 digs to record her 11th kill-dig double-double of the season. Ashley Byrd added eight kills and Briana Tolbert contributed six kills. The Bears got five kills apiece from Allison King, Taylor Barnes and Ashlie Christenson. King made her first career start at outside hitter, while Christenson earned the start at right-side hitter for the first time in her career. Barnes also added 32 set assists for the Bears. Baylor failed to record a service ace for the first time this season, but the Bears also were perfect in serve-receive for the first time this year. King added 12 digs to extend her current streak of 19-straight matches with 10 or more digs. Baylor recorded five blocks on the night, but was outblocked 8-5 by the Longhorns. Texas also held a slim 51-49 edge in total digs.