No. 23 Baylor Volleyball Sweeps No. 11 Kansas in Lawrence

No. 23 Baylor volleyball (21-5, 11-2 Big 12) earned its fifth consecutive win with a 3-0 sweep over the 11th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (21-5, 10-3 Big 12) Saturday afternoon at Horejsi Family Athletics Center in Lawrence, Kan., 25-17, 25-21, 25-18.

Now the winner of 15 consecutive sets, Baylor earned its first victory over the Jayhawks since Nov. 3, 2012 and first on the road since Nov. 17, 2010. The Bears’ win marked the first over Kansas under third-year head coach Ryan McGuyre.

Reigning AVCA National Player of the Week Yossiana Pressley led the way with 19 kills on a .410 attack effort, followed by Shelly Fanning with 12 and Aniah Philo with 10. Fanning matched a career-high eight blocks against the Jayhawks, allowing Baylor to finish with 10.0.

Set one went back and forth until a kill from Pressley gave BU the 15-13 lead at the media timeout. The Bears won five of the next six points to go up 19-14 behind a Philo kill, forcing a KU timeout. Two Jayhawk errors helped Baylor take the early advantage, 25-17.

Kansas came back in the second set and took a 15-8 lead behind an 8-0 run from Tori Miller. Quickly after that, the Bears rolled off seven of the next nine points to pull within two and force a KU timeout. The Bears ultimately took the lead with a late 4-0 run to take the commanding lead, winning set two 25-21.

Baylor hopped out to a 5-2 lead early in set three but then used back-to-back aces from Fanning to jump in front, 8-4. Kansas pulled within three after consecutive kills from Kelsie Payne, but the Baylor block stepped up and provided the final point for the sweep, 25-18.

HIGHLIGHTS
• BU wins its fourth match over a ranked opponent this season (No. 10 BYU, No. 20 Iowa State, No. 19 Iowa State, No. 11 Kansas).
• Baylor snapped a nine-match losing streak to the Jayhawks, capturing their first victory since 2012.
• BU used a .283 attack efficiency to roll past Kansas. Bears improve to 18-2 when hitting .250 or better.
• Yossiana Pressley nearly led all players with 19 kills on a .410 hitting effort.
• Shelly Fanning matched a career-high eight blocks to lead all players.
• Baylor won in Lawrence for the first time since Nov. 17, 2010.
• BU captured its first win over Kansas under head coach Ryan McGuyre.
• The Bears have now run off 15 consecutive set wins, two short of the program record set in 2009 (17).
• Baylor took sole possession of second place with the 3-0 win over Kansas.

STAT OF THE MATCH
9 – the losing streak snapped by Saturday’s straight-set win.

TOP QUOTE
“Yossi (Pressley) had another outstanding performance. Offensively, she was virtually unstoppable and reliable for us. I thought we got good production from our middles, both a combination of our blocking and offensively attacking. Good offensive night for us. If you get 19 kills in a set, then that means you’re earning a lot of your points. Against a really good Kansas team, you’re going to have to earn most of your points. We spent a lot of time on defense as far as picking our spots and trying to be a little more disruptive with our blocking schemes. They’re a good team. We had to adjust for No. 12 (Ashley Smith) on the outside to be able to block and slow her down.” -head coach Ryan McGuyre

WHAT’S NEXT
The Bears head home to host Kansas State in a midweek matchup Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.