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Volleyball leaves KSU with seventh conference win

Nov. 16, 2010

By Rachel Roach
Sports Writer

Saturday volleyball took on Kansas State and won 3-1 (25-17, 25-23, 21-25, 25-23) despite the Wildcats' intimidating home crowd.

"I think that's a tough environment to play in and they have a good student section. And the gym is kind of dark, so it's just kind of a hard place to play. And I think for those circumstances we played really well," senior Elizabeth Graham said.

Baylor has now beaten Kansas State four consecutive times, and the win keeps them in seventh place in the Big 12 with a 7-9 conference record.

The Bears started the first set behind 9-8 but were saved by aces from senior Caitlyn Trice and juniors Allison King and Brittany Ridenour along with timely kills from Graham and junior Briana Tolbert. Baylor finished the set 25-17.

The team had a much quicker start in the second set, gaining a 4-0 lead. Another service ace for the Bears by Christenson and a kill by King helped the team take an 8-4 advantage. Kansas State fought to keep the set close, but Baylor responded with sophomore Torri Campbell's closing kill for a 25-23 victory over the Wildcats.

"We won those two games just being a little bit more aggressive and not playing a little passive or a little afraid and really stepped up and closed those games out," head coach Jim Barnes said.

Despite its 3-1 lead in the beginning of the third set, Baylor let the set slip and the Wildcats won 25-21.

"In the third game they came out ready and determined to play better than they had. It showed that we didn't step it up, but I think that we learned from it in the fourth game," King said.

The Bears came out in the fourth set ready to win. Baylor had a massive 13-4 run for their 23-18 advantage. Campbell took charge during the set and tallied three kills and a block as well as executing the final kill and leading the Bears to their 25-23 win.

After the match against Kansas State, Baylor is ready to face Kansas on Wednesday.

"We were really off the first time we played them, and [we] think it's a game we must win. And I think we need a little payback as far as going back up there any playing like we're capable," Barnes said.

The team is scheduled to play its second away game in a row.

"I think we just know that we need to have extra focus since we are on the road, and that just really helps us a lot to just play with that extra challenge," Graham said. "We're ready to take on challenges, and playing on the road is that challenge for us. "

Baylor is looking forward to the game and hopes to bring home another win for their record. "We are determined to continue the season and keep winning so we can get into the [NCAA] tournament," King said.