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Preview: 12th-Seeded VB Opens Tournament Play Against Miami (Ohio)
Nov. 30, 2017


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WACO, Texas -- 12th-seeded Baylor volleyball (23-6) makes history Friday night as it hosts the NCAA First Round against Miami (Ohio) (22-8) at 7 p.m. CT at the Ferrell Center in Waco.

The Bears look to secure its second NCAA postseason victory under third-year head coach Ryan McGuyre and first in Waco in program history.

In the only meeting against Miami on Sept. 18, 1998, the Bears came away with a five-set victory after falling down 2-0 to the Redhawks. Should the Bears advance to the second round, they will face the winner of Colorado (22-9) and James Madison (23-5) Saturday at 8 p.m. CT. The Buffaloes and Dukes will meet in the opening round Friday at 4:30 p.m. CT.

Baylor trails the all-time series against Colorado, 22-10, and a Saturday matchup with James Madison would be a program first.

Fans can watch all weekend long with a free live video stream at www.BaylorBears.com. A tournament central page that includes live video links, live stats and box scores can be found here.

Fans can purchase tickets online here with adult tickets set at $10 and youth tickets (ages 2-17) at $5. All Baylor students receive a free ticket when they show a valid Baylor ID at the student entrance.

Fans can follow the action with the team's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts: @BaylorVball.

BAYLOR NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTABLES
• Baylor is 4-5 in five NCAA Championships trips, including a 1-1 record in the McGuyre era.
• Baylor is appearing in the NCAA Tournament for a school-record second consecutive season and sixth time overall.
• Baylor is making its seventh postseason appearance, including the Bears' 1993 run through the NIVC Tournament.
• Baylor looks to win its second consecutive NCAA first round match under McGuyre.
• Baylor hosts the NCAA First and Second Rounds for the first time in program history, earning the tournament's No. 12 overall seed.
• Baylor looks for its first-ever postseason match win at the Ferrell Center, currently 0-0.
• Baylor is 2-5 against ranked opponents in the NCAA Tournament with wins over No. 9 UCLA (3-1 in Los Angeles) and No. 14 San Diego (3-2 in Los Angeles).
• Baylor has played 12 total games against nine different NCAA Tournament teams this season.
• BU is 6-6 against the 2017 NCAA Tournament field -- No. 6 Texas (0-2), No. 13 BYU (1-0), No. 14 Iowa State (2-0), Kansas (1-1), Florida State (0-1), Washington State (1-0), Hawai'i (0-1), LSU (1-0) and College of Charleston (0-1).
• Baylor has not faced Miami (OH), Colorado or James Madison since 2013.
• All six of Baylor's losses this season came against 2017 NCAA Tournament teams.
• Eight players have recorded a total of 10 double-doubles during the NCAA Tournament.
• 14 players return from last season's NCAA Tournament team, including five starters and the libero.

12TH-SEEDED BEARS HOST NCAA TOURNAMENT OPENING ROUNDS
• Baylor volleyball will continue adding to its unprecedented season by hosting the NCAA Tournament First and Seconds Rounds Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1-2, at the Ferrell Center in Waco.
• During a very busy weekend at the Ferrell Center, Baylor Athletics will host five home events starting Thursday, Nov. 30: women's basketball vs. Kentucky, men's basketball vs. Wichita State and the NCAA volleyball first and second rounds.
• The Bears are seeded for the first time in the NCAA Tournament, garnering the No. 12 overall seed. • Coming in at No. 18 in the AVCA Coaches' Poll, the Bears are playing in their 11th consecutive match as a ranked team.
• The Bears are ranked for the 28th time in program history. The No. 18 ranking is a season high mark for the 2017 squad.
• The 2017 Bears are the first Baylor team since 2009 to make an appearance in the poll. During that season, BU was ranked for 10 straight weeks and peaked at No. 17, which still stands as the program-high ranking in the 35-year history of the AVCA poll.
• Baylor has recorded wins over four ranked opponents this season, besting then-No. 10 BYU in five sets on Sept. 9, sweeping then-No. 20 Iowa State in Ames on Oct. 4, sweeping then-No. 19 Iowa State in Waco on Nov. 4 and most recently taking down then-No. 11 Kansas in straight sets on Nov. 11. • Baylor is the second-highest ranked Big 12 team behind No. 2 Texas.
• This is the seventh-straight week that the Bears are ranked under third-year head coach Ryan McGuyre.
• As a ranked team, the Bears are 8-2 this season and have only lost to then-No. 11 Kansas and No. 2 Texas.

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
• With an 12-3 home record, Baylor looks to match its highest home win mark in program history. Baylor went 13-1 during the 1999 campaign.
• BU's 12 home victories are the most since 2008.
• The Bears have yet to play a five-set match at the Ferrell Center this season, defeating six opponents in straight sets and six in four sets.
• BU's three home losses came to ranked teams this season (then-No. 15 Florida St., then-No. 11 Kansas, No. 2 Texas).
• Baylor is currently 33-12 in home matches under third-year head coach Ryan McGuyre.

CHASING HISTORY...ONE MATCH AT A TIME
• Already experiencing several of the program's firsts this weekend, Baylor volleyball looks to secure the program's second NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and first since 2009.
• The Bears look to match the most wins since 2009 with a victory over Miami (OH) Friday night (24 wins).

BU VS. WACO REGIONAL OPPONENTS
• Baylor is a combined 11-22 against Colorado and Miami of Ohio while the Bears have never met James Madison.
• In the team's only meeting against Miami, the Bears came away with a five-set victory on Sept. 18, 1998 at a neutral site. The Bears trailed 2-0 before coming back to win in five.
• An old opponent in Big 12 play, the Bears trail the all-time series against Colorado, 22-10. Although starting with two wins in 15 years, BU has taken eight of the last nine matches against the Buffaloes.

CAREER MILESTONE WATCH
Katie Staiger is two kills shy of 1,700 career kills at Baylor. She would be only the second Baylor player to accomplish this feat.
• Head coach Ryan McGuyre is three victories away from his 400th career win, currently sitting at 397 career wins.

BAYLOR HAS RECORD-BREAKING CROWDS IN 2017
• Baylor has had two of the program's top five crowds at the Ferrell Center this season: 3,617 vs. then-No. 15 Florida State on Aug. 25 (first) and 2,979 vs. No. 2 Texas on Nov. 25 (fourth).


 

 

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