WACO, Texas (Baylor Athletics) No. 3 Baylor volleyball (21-1, 11-1 Big 12) used double-digit kills from three players to sweep past Kansas (7-15, 3-9 Big 12) Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center, 25-19, 26-24, 25-18.
BU was led offensively by Yossiana Pressley with 17 kills, followed by Gia Milana with 13 and Shelly Stafford with 11. Led by Big 12 Co-Offensive Player of the Week Hannah Lockin who logged 37 assists, it was the second-straight match that three Bears reached double-figure kills.
Tara Wulf had a season-high four aces behind the service line, and Kara McGhee led all players with four blocks at the net.
Kansas took an early 8-5 lead after a block in the middle, but the Bears took the next eight points behind six kills from Milana for the 13-8 advantage. Behind Milana’s nine kills in the first frame, the Bears hit .361 to win the opener, 25-19.
BU struggled early in the second set and called a timeout with KU up 8-4. The Bears knotted it up at 12-12 with a Marieke van der Mark kill, but Kansas would pull ahead once again before BU used a block to tie it again at 19-19.
The Jayhawks took five of the next seven points to lead 24-21, but the Bears fought off three set points and went on a 5-0 run to close out the set and take the second frame, 26-24.
BU cruised early in the third set and held an 18-5 lead after a Stafford kill, but the Jayhawks rolled off a 7-0 run to pull the score to 18-12. Milana’s kill ended the KU rally, and Milana’s 13th kill of the match ended it in straight sets, 25-18.
BU has a weekend bye and then will host No. 1 Texas in a top-three showdown and the top-two teams in the Big 12 next Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Ferrell Center. The matchup will be televised on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.