No. 1 Texas Outlasts No. 18 Baylor VB in Four Sets on Saturday
WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Averi Carlson had her first career double-double and Elise McGhee totaled a career-high 17 kills but No. 1 Texas outlasted No. 18 Baylor volleyball in four sets (19-25, 25-22, 17-25, 19-25), in front of 5,604, the third-largest crowd in program history, on Saturday afternoon at the Ferrell Center.
Baylor (15-4, 4-2 Big 12 Conference) used a thrilling second set to even the match, snapping a 16-set streak of wins for Texas (14-0, 6-0 Big 12), but the Horns were able to answer with wins in the third and fourth sets to secure the victory.
The teams traded points to open the match, with Kara McGhee getting the Bears started. Allie Sczech sparked a 3-0 BU run, with a block from McGhee and Sczech taking the lead to 4-1. After Texas cut the lead to 5-4, Mallory Talbert pushed the lead to 6-4 with her first kill. The match went even at 7, 8 and 9 before a 3-0 UT run gave the Horns a 12-9 lead. Elise McGhee snapped the stretch with her first kill, after a nice find from Averi Carlson, to cut the lead to 12-10. The UT lead grew to 15-12 at the media timeout. After the Bears cut the lead to 17-16, UT ripped off three-straight to force a timeout from Coach Ryan McGuyre. The lead grew to 20-16 before Elise McGhee’s fourth kill of the match snapped a 4-0 run. UT finished it off with an 8-3 run for a 25-19 win. The Horns hit .586 in the first-set win, with Logan Eggleston owning seven kills in 13 attacks.
Texas opened the second game with a pair of points before Sczech got the bears on the board. The lead grew to 7-2 before a timeout from the Bears. Lauren Harrison answered an Eggleston ace with her fourth kill of the match but the Horns took the lead up to 12-3 before a Baylor timeout. The Bears then took seven of the next 10 points, getting a 3-0 run courtesy of a swing and block from Kara McGhee and a kill from Harrison, before the Horns took their first timeout of the set, owning a 15-10 lead. A pair of Sczech kills sandwiched a UT point and cut the lead to 18-13. Elise McGhee then went to work, collecting four straight points to cut the lead to 21-17 and her sister Kara followed with a solo block to force a second UT timeout on a 5-0 BU run. The McGhee run continued, with a solo block then teaming with Kara for a McGhee block, cutting the lead to 21-19. Elise answered a UT point with the first of a game-ending 6-0 run, with her consecutive kills finishing of the set.
Elise McGhee accounted for seven points individually during Baylor’s run to claim the set after trailing 21-15. BU finished the game on a 22-10 run after trailing 12-3 early in the set. After hitting .586 in the first set, UT was held to a .171 hitting percentage in the second stanza.
Kara McGhee’s kill snapped a quick 2-0 run to open for the Horns and Sczech cut the lead to 4-3. After a 3-0 run, Harrison right-handed swinger cut the lead to 7-4. Elise McGhee narrowed it to 9-6 with her 12th kill but the Horns went on a 4-0 run to prompt a BU timeout, trailing 13-6. Baylor rallied on a 3-0 run with kills from Elise McGhee, her 13th, and one from Harrison and Kara McGhee to cut the lead to 14-11 and prompt a UT timeout. UT grew the lead to 20-13 before Baylor called its last timeout of the set. The Horns were able to net five of the final nine points in the set to secure the 25-17 win and take a 2-1 lead.
Texas opened the fourth set strong with points in three of the first four opportunities. Baylor then responded, cutting the lead to 7-6 after a block from Elise and Kara McGhee. The Longhorns lead grew to 11-6 before a BU timeout and the Bears answered with a 5-0 run that saw Harrison and Sczech net kills and Carlson finish an ace to even the set at 11-11. The Horns took a 16-12 lead with five of the next six points to prompt a BU timeout. The UT lead grew to 20-14 before the Bears ripped off a 3-0 run, with kills from Carlson, Talbert and Elise McGhee to cut it to 20-17. UT used five of the last seven points to secure a 25-19 win.
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