No. 1 Baylor volleyball topples Iowa State for 14th straight victory

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AMES, Iowa (Baylor Athletics) No. 1 Baylor volleyball (14-0, 4-0 Big 12) overcame a season-low hitting efficiency to sweep Iowa State (11-5, 2-2 Big 12) Wednesday night at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, 26-24, 25-18, 27-25.

BU extends its program-best 25-set winning streak and 14-0 start to the season. Baylor won two of its three sets in extra points, improving to 6-0 in sets decided in extra points.

Junior Yossiana Pressley posted her fourth double-double with a match-high 15 kills and 10 digs while junior Hannah Lockin logged her seventh double-double with a 33-assist and 15-dig performance against the Cyclones.

Senior Shelly Stafford posted 10 kills on a .412 efficiency while senior Gia Milana added eight.

Offensively, the Bears hit a season-low .214 and were outblocked, 8.0-5.0, for the second consecutive match but remain 4-0 in conference action.

Stafford put down back-to-back kills to open up a 10-7 lead in the opening set, and Baylor pulled ahead 15-9 after a Pressley kill. Iowa State climbed back into the frame with a 7-1 run for the 17-16 lead, but the Bears battled and reclaimed a 21-20 advantage after a Milana kill. Iowa State had set point with a kill in the middle, but BU closed out the set on a 3-0 run after three straight ISU attack errors, 26-24.

The Bears opened up a 12-7 lead after a Pressley kill in set two, but the Cyclones came right back and took a 15-14 lead after a BU error. BU then used an 8-0 run with Pressley at the line to close out the second set, 25-18.

BU held an 18-15 lead after a Milana kill in the third set, but a late attack error gave Iowa State the 23-22 lead. ISU had set point at 24-23, but the Bears used an ace from senior Tara Wulf and a kill from Pressley to take the match in straight sets, 27-25.