Fanning and Pressley Lead #18 Baylor to Sweep of TCU

  0 Bill Stadick | November 02nd, 2017 | Big 12, College - Women's Indoor, News


Playing without senior outside Katie Staiger for the third straight match, the #13 Baylor Bears swept the TCU Horned Frogs behind strong blocking and an efficient offensive attack. The victory marked the first time since 2012 that the Bears have swept the season series against their Big 12 foe.

“I think it’s the joy the girls have for competing,” said Baylor head coach Ryan McGuyre. “This is a special team. They’re really embodying the Baylor legacy. We’re working hard because we don’t want this season to end. We’re really grinding and working hard. We realize there’s only a month and a half left, and we want this to last as long as possible.”

Sophomore middle Shelly Fanning recorded seven blocks to lead the Bears’ front-row defense, while senior middle Tola Itiola added another five blocks. Baylor was paced offensively by freshman outside Yossiana Pressley, the current Big 12 offensive player of the week and freshman of the week, who notched 17 kills on .353 hitting. Freshman setter Hannah Lockin dished out 40 assists.

For the Horned Frogs, junior middle Anna Walsh recorded a team-high seven kills, while two TCU freshman had six kills each: outside Abigail Buckingham and middle Sarah Swanson. Freshman libero Dani Dennison tallied nine digs.

The first two sets were all Baylor, with the Bears winning 25-20 and 25-14 respectively. In the third frame, TCU jumped to an early 4-0 lead, but Baylor knotted the score at eight and never looked back, sealing the match with a 25-18 victory.

Up next, Baylor hosts #19 Iowa State on Saturday, while TCU welcomes #19 Kansas to its home court, also on Saturday.


Courtesy: Baylor Athletics


Bears Take The Series For The First Time Since 2012.

WACO, Texas – No. 24 Baylor volleyball (19-5, 9-2 Big 12) earned its third consecutive sweep over a Big 12 opponent Wednesday night, defeating TCU (10-12, 2-8 Big 12) in straight sets at the Ferrell Center, 25-20, 25-14, 25-18.

Baylor has now swept the Horned Frogs for the first time since the 2012 season and has won nine consecutive sets in conference play.

BU was led by freshman Yossiana Pressley for the third-straight match as she totaled 17 kills on a .353 attack clip, followed by Aniah Philo and Shelly Fanning who contributed nine kills each.

Hannah Lockin put up a 40-assist performance for the second time against the Horned Frogs and helped the Bears hit .301 in the win. Three Bears had double-digit digs as Jana Brusek led the way with 13, followed by Philo with 12 and Braya Hunt with 10. BU dominated at the net, 12.0 to 4.0.

BU jumped out to a 6-1 start in the opening frame behind quick kills from Pressley, Philo and Tola Itiola to force an early TCU timeout. The Horned Frogs pulled within one at 11-10, but the Bears’ five blocks sealed the deal for the early advantage, 25-20.

Baylor continued to ride the momentum as Hunt served up an 11-0 run to burn both of TCU’s timeouts. The Bears slowed down towards the end of the set, but BU used the .438 attack percentage to take the commanding 2-0 lead.

BU felt down early in set three, trailing 5-0 before a kill from Camryn Freiberg sparked an 8-3 run to tie up the frame. BU took the lead at 12-11 after a Philo kill and never looked back en route to the sweep.

• Playing without Katie Staiger for the third consecutive match, Baylor hit .301 against the Horned Frogs. BU is 7-0 when hitting .300 or better this season.
• Yossiana Pressley led the Bears with 17 kills on a .353 attack clip.
• Hannah Lockin matched her 40-assist performance against the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth, logging the same amount Wednesday night.
• Baylor limited TCU to a .071 hitting efficiency. BU is 8-0 when opponents hit below .100 this season.
• The Bears put up a double-digit blocking performance for the second-straight match, finishing with 12.0.
• Three Baylor players finished with double-digit digs: Jana Brusek (13), Aniah Philo (12) and Braya Hunt (10).
• Braya Hunt’s 10 digs in the back row is a new career high.
• Baylor now leads the all-time series against TCU, 13-7.

17 – the amount of kills by Big 12 Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week Yossiana Pressley.

“I think it’s the joy the girls have for competing. This is a special team. They’re really embodying the Baylor legacy. We’re working hard because we don’t want this season to end. We’re really grinding and working hard. We realize there’s only a month and a half left, and we want this to last as long as possible.” -head coach Ryan McGuyre on the team’s success the past three games

Looking for their fourth-straight win, the Bears host their second top-25 opponent at home in No. 19 Iowa State Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.

Courtesy: TCU Athletics

Horned Frogs Stumble at Baylor

TCU dropped a mid-week match-up on the road to No. 24 Baylor.

WACO, Texas – The TCU volleyball team struggled offensively on the road as No. 24 Baylor came away with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-18) victory on Wednesday night inside The Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

Big runs by the Bears (19-5, 9-2 Big 12) in the early parts of each set ultimately hurt the Horned Frogs (10-12, 2-8 Big 12) as they were held to a .071 hitting clip in the match. After falling behind 2-0 in the match, TCU began the third set with a 4-0 lead following back-to-back aces from Kaylee Smith but Baylor did not give up as they stormed back to even up the set at 8-8. The Frogs would take back the lead one more time until the Baylor offense took control of the set to finish out the match in a sweep.

Anna Walsh led TCU offensively with seven kills in the match while Abigail Buckingham and Sarah Swanson each put down six kills apiece. Dani Dennison led the defense with nine digs while Berklie Baker, Ashleigh Martin and Lamprini Konstantinidou each picked up five digs.

-TCU drops to 10-12 on the season and 2-8 in Big 12 matches with the loss to Baylor
-With the win by the Bears, Baylor sweeps the season series
-Baylor picks up win No. 13 in the all-time series and leads TCU at 13-7
Anna Walsh led the team offensively for the ninth time this season with seven kills in the match to go along with a team-best three blocks
Dani Dennison paced the back row defensively with nine digs in the match
-Sarah Swanson totaled six kills on the night and a .333 hitting clip to mark the fourth time this season hitting above .300
-Kaylee Smith led the team from behind the service line for the eighth time this season with two in the match

Up Next
TCU will return home as they welcome No. 12 Kansas to The Rickel for a showdown on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.


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