#18 Baylor Hits .452 in Straight-Set Victory over Texas Tech

  0 Bill Stadick | October 25th, 2017 | Big 12, College - Women's Indoor, News


The #18 Baylor Bears hit at a .451 clip and recorded 51 kills to complete a road sweep of the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Wednesday night.

Baylor was led offensively by freshman outside Yossiana Pressley, who registered 14 kills. Three Bears added nine kills each: sophomore middle Shelly Fanning, junior outside Aniah Philo and senior middle Camryn Freiberg.

“It was a good overall team effort,” said Baylor head coach Ryan McGuyre. “What stood out to me about the match was Aniah’s defense. Her touches were so clean. Every time she dug a ball, we got a kill off of it.”

Texas Tech played without injured starting setter Missy Owens for the second straight match. Her replacement, junior Kyndal Cowan, recorded 24 assists, and sophomore outside Emily Hill led the Red Raiders with 10 kills.

Down 24-20 in the first set, Texas Tech closed to within one before a Freiberg kill gave the Bears the 25-23 victory. In the second, Baylor libero Jana Brusek stepped back to serve with her team up 13-9 and rattled off 12 straight points, including two aces, en route to a decisive 25-9 win. The Bears never trailed in set three, taking the frame 25-16 after a Texas Tech error.

Next up, Baylor travels to Oklahoma to play the Sooners on Saturday, while Texas Tech hosts Kansas State, also on Saturday.


Courtesy: Baylor Athletics

Bears Put On An Offensive Show In Sixth-Straight Win Over The Red Raiders.


LUBBOCK, Texas – No. 24 Baylor volleyball (17-5, 7-2 Big 12) used a dominant offensive performance to roll past Texas Tech Wednesday night at the United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, 25-23, 25-9, 25-16.

Without senior All-American Katie Staiger in the lineup, the Bears put up a .452 hitting clip and had six players hitting over .300, led by Yossiana Pressley with a match-high 14 kills on a .346 efficiency. Camryn FreibergShelly Fanning and Aniah Philo all contributed nine kills each, and Philo added a match-high 10 digs in the win.

Baylor and Texas Tech tied 11 times in the first set, but the Bears would get the early lead, 15-12, at the media timeout behind a kill from Philo. Baylor ended the first set after a Freiberg kill to take the early advantage, 25-23.

The Bears jumped out to the early 9-3 lead, and Jana Brusek would lead the Bears on a 12-0 run to close out the set – a run that included back-to-back aces by the senior.

BU kept the momentum going in the third set, picking up key kills from Ashley Fritcher and Pressley to close out the sweep, 25-16.

• Yossiana Pressley had a match-high 14 kills on a .346 attack efficiency and added eight digs.
• Ashley Fritcher had a season-high seven kills behind a .357 hitting effort against the Red Raiders.
• Jana Brusek tied her season high in aces, finishing with three.
• Baylor has won six straight vs. Texas Tech, including 25 of the last 27 matchups.
• Camryn Freiberg surpassed her 900-career kill mark, finishing the night with nine kills on a .533 attack effort.
• BU handed Texas Tech its worst set loss of the season in set two (25-9).
• Baylor hit over .300 for the sixth time this season, extending its winning record to 6-0 when doing so.
• Hannah Lockin dished 38 assists in three sets, averaging 12.67 assists per set in the win.

6 – the amount of players hitting over .300 for the Bears for 51 kills (Pressley, Fritcher, Fanning, Freiberg, Philo and Lockin).

“It was a good overall team effort. What stood out to me about the match was Aniah (Philo)’s defense. Her touches were so clean. Every time she dug a ball, we got a kill off of it. Whether she ran down to the corner or sprinted on it. I told the girls (in the huddle) what was not going to show up on the stats was how good Aniah’s defense and passing was tonight.” -head coach Ryan McGuyre

The Bears hit the road again for a showdown against Oklahoma Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. CT in Norman, Okla.

Courtesy: Texas Tech Athletics

Red Raiders Downed by No. 24 Baylor

Texas Tech returns to action this Saturday as it hosts Kansas State at United Supermarkets Arena at 1 p.m.

LUBBOCK, Texas – Sophomore Emily Hill posted a team-high 10 kills, but the Red Raiders fell in three sets to No. 24 Baylor Wednesday night during the program’s annual dig pink match.

The Red Raiders (13-9, 2-7), who were without setter Missy Owens for the second straight match, hung tough in the first set before ultimately dropping the match, 25-23, 25-9, 25-16.

“It was a really disconnected offense tonight,” head coach Tony Graystone said. “Kyndal (Cowan) is doing everything she can, but it’s just different. You see tonight how much we rely on Missy, and we will get her back as soon as we can.”

Tech hit .346 in the opening set, but struggled through the remainder of the contest, and Baylor took advantage. Tech finished hitting .200 for the match to Baylor’s .452.

“We gave them way too many opportunities,” head coach Tony Graystone said. “When we weren’t scoring, we weren’t putting ourselves in position to take anything away defensively. We would give them too many swings on the same rally, and they would eventually put it away. We have to serve tougher, and we have to put our offense together and put them on their heels a little bit.”

Sophomore Emily Hill posted a team-high 10 kills on 26 swings while junior Sarah Redding recorded eight kills on a team-best .533 hitting percentage. Cowan recorded 24 assists, freshman Allison White had three blocks and libero Kate Klepetka finished with seven digs to lead Texas Tech.

Baylor’s Yossiana Pressley led the bears with 14 kills. Camryn Freiberg and Shelly Fanning both recorded nine kills each at clips of .533 and .692, respectively.

The match marked the start of the second half of Big 12 play. Tech entered the match in a three-way tie for sixth in the Big 12 standings along with Kansas State and Oklahoma, while Baylor sat at third behind No. 3 Texas and No. 11 Kansas.

The first set featured 11 ties as both sides came out strong offensively. With the match tied at 20-20, Baylor used a 4-0 run to gain a 24-20 advantage. The Red Raiders wouldn’t go quietly, however, saving three set points before a Bear kill would close the set at 25-23.
Tech struggled to maintain its clip in the second frame while Baylor hit .682 in the set to earn a 2-0 advantage for the match.

The Red Raiders regrouped in the third, and after a service error by Baylor, trailed just 11-9. Keenan and Hill both recorded three kills in the frame, but Baylor closed out the set and the match.

The Red Raiders return to action this Saturday as they take on Kansas State (9-12, 2-6) at United Supermarkets Arena at 1 p.m. Tech pushed the Wildcats to five sets earlier this season in Manhattan.


Setter Missy Owens missed her second straight match with an injury. The junior ranks second in the Big 12 at 11.06 assists per set this season.

Tech stayed with senior Kate Klepetka at libero and Reyn Akiu starting at defensive specialist.

Each of Tech’s last three opponents are ranked in the latest AVCA Top 25.

Sophomore Kylie Rittimann received her first career action at setter during the third set.


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