No. 19 Volleyball Grits Out Road Victory at West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. No. 19 Baylor volleyball (23-5, 13-2 Big 12) closed out its regular season road schedule with a 3-1 victory over West Virginia Sunday afternoon at WVU Coliseum, 27-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21.

The Bears close out Big 12 road action with an impressive 7-1 record and 4-0 during the second half of league play. BU’s only Big 12 road loss came at then-No. 5 Texas on Sept. 27.

Three Bears recorded double-digit kills in the win, led by Big 12 Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week Yossiana Pressley with 14. While Shelly Fanning posted 13 kills, Aniah Philo posted her fourth double-double of the season with 12 kills and a team-high 14 digs.

With 12 digs in the back row, senior Jana Brusek moved to second all-time in career digs at Baylor, passing Cory Sivertson (1991-94) with 1,586 career digs.

Baylor struggled early against the Mountaineers (16-12, 4-10 Big 12) and trailed 4-0 early to force an early timeout. An attack error put Baylor in a 20-15 deficit, but the Bears pulled out a 12-5 run fueled by three blocks to earn the opening frame, 27-25.

BU and WVU went back and forth to start the second set, but three consecutive attack errors forced Baylor to call a timeout at 10-7. Baylor gritted out key points in the middle of the set and took the lead after three WVU errors to lead 19-17. Katie Staiger added the final point on a back row kill to put Baylor up 2-0.

Baylor tied up the third set at 13-13 to force a WVU timeout, but the Bears couldn’t pull ahead as five attack errors plagued the team down the stretch, falling 25-22.

BU jumped out in front early in the fourth frame, but another back-and-forth set didn’t allow BU to extend its lead more than three points. The Bears used key kills from Pressley, Itiola and Freiberg down the stretch to get the win in four.

HIGHLIGHTS
• BU won its seventh-straight Big 12 match and ended its Big 12 road schedule with a 7-1 record.
• Baylor has won a program-best seven Big 12 matches in a row.
• Yossiana Pressley led the Bears for the 10th time in 11 matches with 14 kills.
• Aniah Philo posted her fourth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 14 digs.
• Jana Brusek moved to second all-time in career digs at Baylor with 12 digs against the Mountaineers.
• Tola Itiola had a season-high eight kills for the Bears.
• BU is now 6-0 against the Mountaineers under head coach Ryan McGuyre.
• With only one match to go, Baylor will finish no lower than second place in conference play for the first time in program history.

STAT OF THE MATCH
1,586 – the dig count for senior Jana Brusek who has the second-most digs in program history.

TOP QUOTE
“Good gritty win on the road. Not our best match, but we had good composure to finish some sets off. There’s no bad teams in our conference. West Virginia has caused problems for a lot of teams here. I really wanted to see us a little more crisper. We were kind of slow to execute the game plan tonight, but we were able to pull it off then.” -head coach Ryan McGuyre on the win

WHAT’S NEXT
After taking a midweek bye, the Bears host No. 2 Texas in the final home match of the regular season Saturday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. CT in Waco.