- #20 Baylor def. Kansas State 3-1, (25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 25-11)
- Baylor improves to 16-4, 6-1 Big 12, K-State falls to 9-11, 2-5 Big 12
- Manhattan, Kansas
- Attendance: 2,532
- Match Stats
The #20 Baylor Bears downed Kansas State in a four-set match behind a stand-up performance by Yossiana Pressley.
Kansas State started off the match with the first point off a Pressley error and maintained a small lead of 5-2 to begin things in Manhattan. They kept the lead until Baylor tied things up at 8-8 and a kill from Aniah Philo and block from Pressley/Camryn Freiberg brought the Bears to a 10-8 lead. They continued to keep the lead throughout the remainder of the first set but the Wildcats tied the set up late at 18-18. A kill from Katie Staiger regained the Bears their lead but the Wildcats weren’t done fighting, leading at 21-20 after a kill from Peyton Williams. The last tie of the set came at 22 all before Baylor rattled off three straight points on a service error from K-State, an attack error from Bryna Vogel and a kill from Pressley.
The Wildcats started off the second with the lead once again with the Bears forging back to tie things at 8-8 before an ace set them ahead. The set continued to be a fight for both ties until Baylor pulled away late with a 20-16 lead. The Bears finished off the second to take the 2-0 match lead on kills from Staiger and Philo at 25-21.
The third set saw the Wildcats take and keep the lead throughout, not allowing the Bears to catch up until late at 22 all. However, kills from Williams and Brynn Carlson along with an ace to finish things off gave Kansas State the third set 25-22.
There was not much wrong that Baylor could do in the fourth set, taking an 11-8 lead early and finishing on a 14-3 run to conclude the match 25-11.
Pressley led the Bears with 20 kills while adding four blocks. Staiger contributed 14 kills in the win along with 13 digs for a double-double while Philo put down 12 kills and 23 digs for a double-double. Freiberg blocked six balls while Jana Brusek picked up another 15 digs for the Bears.
For Kansas State, Kylee Zumach led the team with 13 kills while Williams added another 11 kills and six blocks. Vogel picked up 22 digs while Reilly Killeen added another 16 in the loss.
Courtesy of Baylor Athletics
Baylor volleyball (16-4, 6-1 Big 12) had career nights from Aniah Philoand Yossiana Pressley as the Bears rolled to a four-set win over Kansas State (9-11, 2-5) Saturday night at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kan.
Philo totaled a career-high 23 digs in the back row and added 12 kills on a .407 attack effort for her third double-double of the season. Pressley led all players with 20 kills on a .381 hitting percentage, surpassing her previous career high of 18.
Baylor fell into an early hole and was forced to call an early timeout with a 5-2 deficit in the opening frame, but BU went on a big run to lead by six, 16-10. The Wildcats fought back and made it a back-and-forth game before the Bears finished out the set with a kill from Staiger, winning 25-22.
BU ran out to the 11-8 lead after a Shelly Fanning kill, and multiple kills from Pressley, Staiger and Philo closed out the set and gave the Bears a 2-0 match lead.
Baylor slowed down in the third set and trailed for most of the set, tying the set at 22-22 before K-State used two kills and a service ace to close out the frame, 25-22.
BU meant business in the fourth set as the Bears hit .464 en route to the 25-11 fourth-set win, handing K-State its worst set loss since then-No. 10 Nebraska did the same damage on Sept. 15.
• Aniah Philo had her third double-double of the season with a 12-kill, 23-dig performance while also adding three aces and two blocks.
• Yossiana Pressley had a career-high 20 kills on a .381 hitting efficiency and added eight digs and four blocks in the win.
• Camryn Freiberg had the second-best attack percentage in a four-set match in program history, hitting .714 for 10 kills on 14 attempts (no errors).
• Katie Staiger posted a double-double with 14 kills and 13 digs for her 12th of the season and 32nd of her career.
• Baylor’s 71 digs were the best defensive performance since the team’s 72-dig effort against Texas State.
• The Bears have now won four straight matches in Big 12 play for the first time since the 2009 season. BU won six straight from Sept. 19 — Oct. 7, 2009.
• BU’s 16-4 start through 20 matches is the best season mark since 2009. The 2009 squad was 17-3 through the first 20 matches.
STAT OF THE MATCH
23 — the career dig total by junior Aniah Philo against the Wildcats.
“We’re going to get better and better. Again, it was so great to see Yossi (Pressley) hit at such a high level. We’ve got a freshman leading a very mature team in kills tonight, hitting .381. She really was the difference maker. They focused on Katie (Staiger), but we had Yossi at .381 and Aniah (Philo) hitting over .400 plus 23 digs. We can get so much better, but we have some depth. I feel like we have some good things like serving, defense and blocking.” -head coach Ryan McGuyre
The Bears head back to Waco to host No. 9 Kansas in a top-25 showdown as part of Dig Pink Night Wednesday night at 8 p.m. CT. The match will be showcased on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.
Courtesy of Kansas State Athletics
Following K-State’s Set 3 win, No. 25 Baylor tallied eight consecutive points midway through the fourth set to seal a 25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 25-11 victory over the Wildcats on Saturday night at Ahearn Field House.
K-State (9-11, 2-5 Big 12) clawed back with a 25-22 third-set win after dropping the match’s opening two sets, only to see Baylor (16-4, 6-1 Big 12) use an 8-0 run to open an 11-point edge and cruise to a 25-11 win in the final set.
Redshirt junior Kylee Zumach paced the Wildcat offense with 13 kills (.303) while senior Bryna Vogelturned in a team-high 22 digs. Middle blocker Peyton Williams‘ was the team’s efficiency leader, as the redshirt freshman hit .476 (11 kills, 1 error, 21 total attacks).
“I thought we played really well at times,” said head coach Suzie Fritz. “The connection between our middles and our setters was as good as its been. At times, I thought our serving kept us in it. Zumach hits over .300 again; really good night for her. That was good progress for us.
“Consistency is part of being good in anything that you do,” Fritz added. “We are still developing consistency. We are working incredibly hard to be more consistent – to be good over time. That effort, for the most part with the exception of the beginning of Game 4, was the most consistent effort we’ve had from start to finish, probably, in the last couple of matches. We can’t be 100% concerned with results all the time. We have to continue to be focused on the progress, and there was a lot of progress in that one.”
The Cats hit over .340 in both the second and third sets, but were forced into seven errors against eight kills (.033) by the Bears in Set 4. Baylor hit a match-high .464 (14k-1e-28ta) in the fourth on its way to the only wire-to-wire set win of the night.
Baylor recorded 14 more kills (64-50) and 15 more assists (62-47) than K-State on the night. Four Bears reached double-figure kills, led by Yossiana Pressley with a season-high 20.
“They’re really, really good,” Fritz said of Baylor. “They’ve got three great pin hitters. [Shelly] Fanning is really good in the middle, as well. They are very balanced offensively and they play really, really fast.”
“Obviously, it’s not the outcome we wanted,” said Zumach. “They have such an offensively productive team, they were firing on all cylinders at every position. It was hard to get on a roll.”
The Cats trailed by as many as six in the opening set, but chipped away at the BU lead and tied the score at 22 before the Bears scored the set’s final three points. Zumach tallied four kills on 13 swings without an error (.308) in the game. Defensively, Williams had four blocks while Vogel added 11 digs as Set 1 saw eight tied scores and five lead changes.
Game 2 held eight more tied scores and the Cats were within a pair late, 23-21. Back-to-back Bear kills gave Baylor a commanding two-sets-to-none lead. Vogel picked up four of her seven kills in the set on nine swings and no errors (.404).
K-State returned the favor in the third, ending the frame on a 3-0, capped by setter Sarah Dixon‘s third ace, after the score was tied at 22. This time, it was Williams’ who led the offense, as she picked up five kills on eight swings (.625) while Zumach and Macy Flowers each contributed four. Set 3 was the only set in which the Cats out-hit BU (.342-.250). Dixon’s three aces are a career high.
“I think our setters did a fantastic job setting and getting our middles involved more,” Zumach added. “That made it easier for the outsides to get a few off, too. The setters did awesome.”
Junior setter Brooke Smith led K-State in assists with 25 for the fifth straight match. Dixon recorded 18 assists. Libero Reilly Killeen had 16 digs as her and Vogel were the only Wildcats to reach double-figures.
K-State is back in action on Saturday, October 21 as it takes on West Virginia (13-6, 2-4 Big 12) at noon CT at WVU Coliseum. Fans can listen to Rob Voelker call the action live KMAN 1350 AM, 93.3 FM and on K-StateSports.com.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- K-State posted a .209 hitting percentage while Baylor hit .297.
- The Bears out-produced the Cats in kills by a 64-50 margin.
- Vogel’s 22 digs were one short of a season high.
- Zumach reached double-figure kills for the 18th time in 20 matches.
- Williams posted a team-best six blocks.
- Flowers added eight kills (.273) and a season-high four digs.
- Dixon registered a career-best three service aces.
- Vogel, who had seven kills in the match, surpassed 800 career kills (805).
- K-State leads the all-time series with Baylor, 28-16.
- The Wildcats are now 17-6 at home against BU, as the Bears picked up their first win in Manhattan since 2014.
- The Cats have dropped five of their past six matches overall.
- K-State is now 0-6 this season vs. ranked opponents and have lost its last 11 such matches.