No. 18 Baylor volleyball (23-6, 13-3 Big 12) ended its seven-match Big 12 winning streak with a 3-1 loss on Senior Day to No. 2 Texas Saturday afternoon at the Ferrell Center, 27-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19.
The Bears closed out a remarkable regular season, finishing with the best regular season winning record (.793) since the 1999 squad. Baylor also ends a program-best Big 12 Conference season that saw them finish in second behind Texas (24-2, 16-0 Big 12) for the first time in program history.
Saturday’s total attendance of 2,979 checks in as the fourth-largest crowd to watch a volleyball match at the Ferrell Center.
With her second career double-double, freshman Yossiana Pressley paced all players with 23 kills and a career-high 13 digs in the loss. Aniah Philo also posted her 20th career double-double with 12 kills and 14 digs. Hannah Lockin joined the double-double party with 41 assists and 11 digs.
The Bears hit a hot streak early in set one and went up 11-2 after a Philo kill, prompting a Texas timeout. BU was plagued by attack errors in the middle of the set and allowed Texas to tie it up at 22-22 with a kill from Chiaka Ogbogu. Baylor had a set point after Pressley’s eighth kill of the set, but a block allowed Texas to steal the first set, 27-25.
BU started slow in the second set but used a 4-0 scoring run with Shelly Fanning at the service line to push its lead to 10-7 before a Texas timeout. UT took the lead at 19-18, but the Bears would run off seven of the last nine points to tie up the match, 25-21.
Set three went back and forth. Both teams were knotted up seven times before Texas took the 21-20 lead. BU fought off a set point before falling short, 25-23.
Down 8-0, the Bears went on a late run to pull within two after a Philo kill at 21-19. The Longhorns ran off the final four points of the set to take the match, 3-1.
• BU closed out the regular season with the best winning record since 1999 (.793).
• Baylor finishes Big 12 play in second place for the first time in program history (13-3).
• Baylor honored six individuals during a post match ceremony on Senior Day: seniors Katie Staiger, Tola Itiola, Camryn Freiberg and Jana Brusek, Amanda Lesikar and manager Paige McKiddy.
• Yossiana Pressley led the Bears with 23 kills and a career-high 13 digs for her second career double-double.
• Aniah Philo (12 kills, 14 digs) and Hannah Lockin (41 assists, 11 digs) also posted their 20th and ninth career double-doubles.
• Baylor had five different players record a service ace against the Longhorns (Fanning, Philo, Presley, Brusek, Staiger).
• Five players recorded double-digit digs, led by Aniah Philo with 14.
• BU has taken a set from Texas in Waco for two straight years (set one in 2016, set two in 2017).
• Baylor has now lost 32 matches in a row to the Longhorns, dating back to Oct. 27, 2001.
STAT OF THE MATCH
2,979 – the attendance for the fourth-largest volleyball crowd in program history.
“We definitely did a good job. We came out strong and put ourselves in a position to (take the opening set). It would have been nice to finish that one off, and we’ve said against all the good teams to move forward. Sometimes your best could be a loss, but in the end, it comes down to who can make plays. You know, both teams tied at 22-22, so we had opportunities and the lead early. Texas, obviously, is very, very good, so it would have been nice to go up 1-0 on them, but I’m really proud of the girls’ response. It could have been heart breaking, it could have been the match, but we fought back and won set two and then again, the third set could have gone either way. If we win that one, we play a fourth set no matter what and that’s life. You know we get better every match, we get better at these kinds of matches right here. Yossi did a phenomenal job. She played like a First Team All-American against one of the best teams in the country and, you know, we have a few things we need to work on and a few adjustments we need to make. We also did a lot of good things right that we talked about this week that gave us chances. We’ve got to put it all together, and we are back to 0-0. It’s the postseason and we didn’t go undefeated in preseason, we didn’t go undefeated in conference, but we would like to go undefeated in the postseason. That’s the only way: to win your last match.” -head coach Ryan McGuyre
Baylor awaits its postseason fate with the NCAA Volleyball Championship Selection Show at 8 p.m. CT start tomorrow on ESPNU.