15 BAYLOR DEF. NO. 3 WISCONSIN 3-1 (18-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-22)
- Baylor improves to 5-2 while Wisconsin falls to 4-1.
- Attendance: 1,174
- Box score
- Wisconsin Recap/Baylor Recap
In the nightcap, No. 15 Baylor knocked off No. 3 Wisconsin, 3-1 (18-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-22) behind a career-high 32 kills from outside hitter Yossiana Pressley in a non-conference showdown separate from the Baylor Classic.
Baylor ended its two match-losing streak after falling 3-2 to No. 11 UCLA and 3-1 to No. 21 San Diego last weekend in the USD Invitational, and giving the Badgers their first loss of the season.
In taking the first set, the Wisconsin attack made just one error in claiming a 25-18 victory. Baylor responded in the second by holding the Badgers to just a .106 hitting percentage in evening the match at a set apiece.
In the third, Baylor closed the set on a 12-4 run to erase a 19-13 deficit. A major part of the run was the efficiency of the Bears’ attack, as they connected on 19 of 33 attacks, good for a .515 clip.
The Badgers were able to hold off two match points before a service error secured the victory for Baylor.
- Baylor’s win over No. 3 Wisconsin is its highest ranked win in program history.
- Wisconsin middle blocker Dana Rettke led the way for the Badgers, with 19 kills on 28 attacks. Outside hitter Madison Duello added 13 kills and outside hitter Grace Loberg chipped in with 12.
- Wisconsin libero Tiffany Clark led all players with 19 digs.
- Baylor middle blocker Shelly Fanning and outside hitter Aniah Philo contributed 12 and 11 kills respectively for the Bears.
- Baylor will take on UTRGV at 11 a.m. CT. Saturday and Rice at 7 p.m. Saturday night to close out the Baylor Classic.
- Wisconsin continues its Texas trip with a 1 p.m. C.T. Sunday match at North Texas.
THE BAYLOR CLASSIC
- The Ferrell Center, Waco, TX
- 7-8, 2018
The Baylor Classic kicked off Friday afternoon at the Ferrell Center. The Bears welcomed Rice University and the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley as part of the three-team field. Rice and UTRGV opened the Baylor Classic Friday afternoon. The tournament will conclude Saturday night.
RICE DEF. UTRGV 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-18)
In the opening set, it was UTRGV that raced out to an early 5-0 lead before Rice could find its footing. The Owls battled back, claiming their first lead at 9-8 and never looking back in claiming a one set lead.
The second set went back and forth with neither team able to establish much of a lead. The Broncs were able to save one set point to draw within one at 24-22, but the Owls would capitalize off the error to go up two sets to zero.
Finally, in the third, with the score tied at six, Rice used a 5-0 run to seize control of the final set. Three straight errors on the attack by the Broncs cemented the win for the Owls.
- Rice outside hitter Nicole Lennon led the attack for the Owls. She connected on 14 kills with five errors, good for a .310 clip. She also played a major role defensively, adding 10 digs and seven blocks.
- Rice outside hitter Shelby Livingstone, daughter of Baylor president Dr. Linda Livingstone chipped in with five kills and nine digs.
- The Broncs were held to a dismal .048 hitting percentage, finishing above zero just once (.189), in the second set.
- UTRGV outside hitter Ragni Steen Knudsen led the Broncs with 11 kills in 32 total attacks. Senior libero Gysell Zayas contributed a match-high 17 digs defensively.