WACO (September 13, 2013) -- Stringing together perhaps their best effort on both sides of the net this season, the Baylor Bears swept Appalachian State 29-27, 25-20, 25-15 Friday night at the Ferrell Center. The Bears hit .345, out-blocked the Mountaineers 12-1 and won their second-consecutive match for the first time this season to improve to 4-6.
Thea Munch-Soegaard recorded her fourth consecutive double-double leading Baylor with 14 kills and adding 16 digs. The sophomore outside hitter hit .344 and added a pair of service aces in the victory. Zoe Adom extended her streak of double-digit kills to five matches with 10 in the match, and Adrien Richburg hit .692 with nine kills for Baylor.
Bears’ freshman middle blocker Tola Itiola, in just her second start, provided quality service on both ends of the floor with seven total blocks, and she matched her season-high with six kills. Mackenzie Mayo led Baylor defenders with 19 digs, and the home team took the advantage 62-53 in that category.
In the match’s most competitive set, the first, Baylor led 18-14 before the Mountaineers rattled off four-straight points, capped by two-straight kills from Lindsey Sauls. From there, it was nip and tuck with the score tying at every point up until 27-27. From there, Baylor’s Amy Rosenbaum set up Munch-Soegaard with two consecutive kills to take the set 29-27.
The Mountaineers have dropped both matches of the Baylor Invitational and fall to 6-3 on the season with Northwestern State their final opponent in the round-robin Saturday at 3 p.m. In the losing effort, Emily Corrigan had 18 kills and 12 digs.
Earlier in the day, the Baylor Bears hit .287 and took a 25-19, 25-17, 21-25, 25-23 victory over Northwestern State Friday afternoon at the Ferrell Center. Baylor improved to 3-6 on the season dropping the Demons to 1-7 on the season, using a balanced offensive effort against its first opponent in the Baylor Invitational.
Adrien Richburg had a career-high 15 kills in the match on a .357 hitting percentage and added six total blocks to aid the Bears. Thea Munch-Soegaard had her third consecutive double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs, Zoe Adom added 10 kills and Laura Jones hit .615 with nine kills for Baylor.
Defensively, Baylor head coach Jim Barnes said he was disappointed with the Bears effort as Baylor couldn’t finish the sweep in set three. The Bears had to fight to tie the score at 20 after trailing 19-14, but the Demons scored five of the last six points of the set to force set four. Baylor also suffered 12 service errors one match after collecting 10 in a loss to Texas State.
The Bears are now 3-2 at the Ferrell Center this season after the home victory.