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Volleyball can't top No. 12 Iowa State

Nov. 4, 2010

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Logan Gaedke | Iowa State Daily
Baylor middle blockers No. 31 Elizabeth Graham and No. 21 Briana Tolbert block an Iowa State attack on Wednesday in Ames, Iowa. The Cyclones won, 3-0, as the Bears dropped to seventh place in the Big 12.

By Rachel Roach
Sports Writer

Baylor suffered a 0-3 (25-22, 25-22, 25-14 ) loss against Iowa State on Wednesday night in Ames. The Bears took on the Cyclones, who are ranked 12th in country and fourth in the Big 12 under Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma.

The Bears kept themselves in the match during first two sets. Finishing with a score 25-22 each time, the team never let Iowa get a run more than two points.

Baylor kept the score close in the first set with a back-and-forth exchanging of points. The Bears made a run and took a two point lead for a 9-7 advantage over the Cyclones. However, Iowa answered with a three-point lead of its own, foreshadowing a scoring trend between the teams as the Cyclones would overtake several Baylor leads in subsequent sets.

Senior Ashlie Christenson received playing time and made a significant contribution with three kills for the set and six for the night. Junior Briana Tolbert received three kills as well for a .600 hitting percentage.

For the first set Bears were led by Christenson, Elizabeth Graham and Tolbert's three kills each followed by two apiece from Allison King, Caitlyn Trice and Zoe Adom. Defensively, the Bears looked to King's five digs followed by Christenson and Trice's three each.

The second set started better for the Bears. The team gained a 3-0 lead early from the Cyclones' mistakes. However, both teams continued to keep the score close until Baylor made took a 2-8 for its biggest advantage of the match. Included in that run was Baylor's only service ace from King. Iowa answered with a four-point run to close the margin at 6-8. Both teams fought back and forth, but the Cyclones prevailed as they took the lead for the first time in the set at 13-12. Defensively, the Bears had four total team blocks. Graham contributed with three of the four blocks.

Baylor went into the third set down two sets. After the first two sets where the Bears kept the score close, a victory in the next set seemed plausible. But the set proved to be less competitive as the Cyclones dominated 25-14 and swept the Bears in a 3-0 run. Defensively, King and Trice contributed with 15 and 13 respective digs. Trice added her 24th consecutive match with double figures and Christenson tied a season high of four blocks. Graham and Tolbert led in kills with seven and eight respectively.

Offensively, Iowa kept improving throughout the match. Initially the Cyclones finished with a .275 hitting percentage to Baylor's .263. In the second set Iowa took an even bigger margin with a .179 hitting percentage compared to the Bears' .139. Eventually, the Cyclones finished with a .218 hitting percentage to Baylor's .096.

After being tied for sixth with Kansas and Texas A&M, Baylor fell to a 12-12 record and is now 5-8 in the Big 12.

The Bears play at home against Texas A&M at 7 p.m. Saturday.