Baylor Volleyball Makes Clean Sweep to Close Florida Tournament

Posted at 12:28 AM, Sep 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-10 01:28:49-04

Baylor volleyball (6-4) knocked off the Little Rock Trojans (3-6) and the Florida A&M Rattlers (2-7), winning both matches in straight sets to close out the final day at the Home2 Suites Seminole Invitational.

Baylor 3, Florida A&M 0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-19)

BU rolled through the first set, forcing FAMU timeouts at 9-6 and 17-12, closing out a 25-18 first set win.

In the second frame, the two sides stayed square through much of the set, with the Bears using a late charge to pull ahead at 19-15.

The Bears cruised through the backend of the set, clinching the 2-0 match lead with a 25-18 win in the set.

To close the match, the Bears rebounded from an early 5-1 deficit, tying the match at 5-5 and fighting with the Rattlers late into the set.

It took another late surge to create the separation, with the Bears closing out the match with a 25-19 win in the third and final set.

Baylor 3, Little Rock 0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-20)

The Bears opened the day with a strong outing against the Trojans, sweeping the match in straight sets.

BU pulled away late in the first set, pushing out to a 22-13 lead. Holding off a late push by the Trojans, the Bears picked up the set victory with a kill by Camryn Freiberg, taking a 1-0 match lead.

In the second set, the two sides stayed neck and neck through most of the frame, with LR taking late leads at 18-15 and 23-21.

With the Bears hanging on to try to save the set, a service error on LR and a Katie Staiger kill tied the match at 23-23.

An attack error on LR set up for Jana Brusek to notch an ace to finish the comeback and clinch the 2-0 lead for BU.

In the third set, after trailing at 8-7, the Bears rattled off a 5-0 run, taking a lead they would never relinquish, up 13-8.

LR was able to fight back within one a handful of times, but the Bears ran away with the match-clinching set on a Staiger kill, a block by Jaelyn Jackson and Aniah Philo, and an attack error by LR.


  • Katie Staiger and Morgan Reed were both named to the All-Tournament team. Joining the Bears on the tournament list were: Katie Horton, Florida State, Mara Green, Florida State, Melanie Keil, Florida State, Carolee Dillard, Little Rock, and Nicole Abreu, Florida A&M.


  • Katie Staiger led the match with 16 kills, two aces, and two blocks.
  • Jana Brusek led both sides with 27 digs.
  • The Bears held FAMU to a .061 attack percentage in the match, including -.031 in the third set.


  • Katie Staiger hit a jaw-dropping 22 kills and .452 attacking percentage on 42 swings with just three errors, adding two service aces to round out one of the strongest matches of her season.
  • The Bears led in service aces (9-4), assists (40-28), kills (42-31), attack pct. (.220-.147), and digs (48-37).
  • A .387 hitting mark in the first set was the highest of the match for either side, with BU posting 16 kills on 31 attacks with just four errors.


6.0 – kills/set for Katie Staiger in the weekend’s tournament, leading the team and conference by a wide margin and gaining ground to take back the No. 1 spot in the country, currently sitting in second.


The Bears travel to LSU to face the Tigers in Baton Rouge, La., on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7:00 p.m.