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Strong fourth set leads BU past Kansas

Nov. 18, 2010

By Rachel Roach
Sports Writer

After losing against Kansas in its last meeting at home, Baylor volleyball repaid the favor Wednesday evening, beating the Jayhawks 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-12) in Lawrence.

The win improves the Bears to 8-9 in Big 12 play and pushes them past Kansas for sixth place in the conference standings.

Throughout the first set the teams kept the score close, but Baylor's comeback from a 21-24 deficit fell short.

Starting off the second set with a 4-0 run, the Bears set the pace for the rest of the match. Seniors Elizabeth Graham and Ashlie Christenson closed the game, scoring the final two points and wrapping up the set 25-20. Winning the second game is what Baylor needed to give the team the extra momentum to get the match under their control.

The third set produced nine tie scores.

The Jayhawks quickly gained a five-point advantage over the Bears, their largest of the set at 9-14. However, the Bears answered, making a five-point run from 15-19 to 20-19 where Kansas made one last attempt to stop Baylor. But the Bears prevailed, 25-23.

The Bears started off the fourth set with the lead and the first two points of the set. Kansas made a few comeback attempts before Baylor made an 8-0 run, bringing the score to a quick 13-5. Kansas played tougher coming out of its timeout, but for every point the Jayhawks scored, Baylor scored as well, keeping the lead and winning the set 25-12.

Graham and Christenson led the Bears on offense with 12 kills each. Sophomore Torri Campbell and redshirt freshman Zoe Adom followed suit, each collecting nine kills. Defensively, Campbell led the Bears with six blocks, while junior Allison King tallied 21 digs.

Baylor next plays Missouri at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Ferrell Center.