Baylor volleyball (13-4, 1-0 Big 12) pulled out its first win over a ranked opponent under head coach Ryan McGuyre, downing No. 23 Kansas State (12-3, 0-1 Big 12), 25-23, 25-22, 25-19, on Sunday afternoon in the Ferrell Center.
Lifted by one of the most dominating performances this season by Katie Staiger, the junior outside hitter plugged in 23 kills and 11 digs, becoming one of just three Baylor players in program history to notch 23 or more kills in a three set match.
Staiger kept pace with the entire KSU team in the first set, matching 12 kills of her own to the Wildcats’ 12, helping Baylor scratch out the 25-23 set victory. BU closed the set on a 5-1 run with four coming from Staiger.
In set two, the Bears took an early 4-1 lead and never let the Wildcats back closer than two, holding off a late push by KSU to take the second frame and the 2-0 lead.
In the third, KSU kept it close, holding BU to a 14-13 lead midway through the set. A 5-0 run created some separation for the Bears, creating a lead they would never lose, closing out the match on a 3-0 run to clinch the victory.
Baylor picked up its first win over a ranked opponent since a 3-1 win over No. 20 Kansas on Nov. 13, 2012. The win over KSU marks the first win over a ranked opponent in the Ryan McGuyre era.
The sweep was Baylor’s first sweep over a ranked opponent since Aug. 31, 2012, upsetting No. 25 California, and its first sweep over a ranked Big 12 opponent since downing No. 11 Iowa State in straight sets on Sep. 23, 2009.
Katie Stagier became the third player in BU program history to hit 23 or more kills in a three set match, joining Elisha Polk and Stevie Nicholas for the distinction. Staiger is the second to achieve the feat in the rally scoring era and the first since Nicholas dropped 26 in 2011.
Jana Brusek’s 22 digs ties for the fifth most in program history in a three-set match, becoming just the seventh BU player to notch 22 or more digs in a three-setter, the first since Allison King notched 22 in 2011 vs. Iowa State.
Morgan Reed (37 assists, 12 digs) and Katie Staiger (23 kills, 11 digs) each put up double-double performances, with Reed picking up her fifth of the season and Staiger notching her seventh.
Ashley Fritcher (10 kills) set a new season-high in kills, matching her career-high of 10 kills vs. Coppin State on Sep. 5, 2015.
Baylor’s current nine-match winning streak dates back to Sept. 9 where BU swept Little Rock and Florida A&M on the road. Snapping KSU’s 10-match win streak, the Bears now hold the Big 12’s highest consecutive win total.
STAT OF THE DAY
9 – the current win streak for the Baylor squad, one away from putting up a 10 match win streak for the first time since 2009.
Baylor hosts Texas Tech on Wednesday, Sep. 25 in the Ferrell Center at 7 p.m., continuing through the 16-match conference schedule.