Nov. 19, 2013
WACO, Texas – With three matches to spare in the 2013 season, the Baylor volleyball team still has a chance to finish fifth in the Big 12, which would be the Bears’ highest finish since 2009 when the team tied for fourth. Baylor (12-17 4-9) heads to Manhattan, Kan. to take on Kansas State (16-9, 4-8) Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
The Bears defeated KSU Oct. 23, in Waco behind 13 kills from Nicole Bardaji and 11 kills from Laura Jones. A Baylor win would mean the first season sweep of the Wildcats since 2010.
The Wildcats are coming off a 3-1 loss to Kansas and KSU stands alone in fifth place in the Big 12 while West Virginia and Baylor are tied for sixth.
KSU hangs its hat on defense, and it showed in the last meeting with Baylor. Despite the loss earlier in the season, the Wildcats out-blocked Baylor 14.0-12.5, and Tristan McCarty had 23 digs for KSU. The Wildcats rank first in the Big 12 in blocks per set at 2.78 while holding opponents to just a .181 hitting percentage, which is good for third in the league.
Baylor is coming off a 3-0 loss to Oklahoma Saturday, with KSU, West Virginia (Nov. 23) and No. 1-ranked Texas (Nov. 30) remaining on the schedule.