WACO, Texas – The West Virginia University volleyball team lost to Baylor 3-0 (18-25, 22-25, 18-25), Saturday afternoon at the Ferrell Center.
The Mountaineers (8-14, 0-8 Big 12) could not contain the Bears’ (16-7, 3-5 Big 12) offensive attack, which recorded 47 kills and a .324 hitting percentage.
Baylor started with the lead in the first set and never lost it as the Bears posted two straight service aces to gain a 7-4 lead. Three kills from freshman outside hitter Hannah Sackett
pulled WVU back into the set, until another run by the Bears forced the Mountaineers to call a timeout at 16-9. WVU attempted a comeback with kills and a block from freshman setter Brittany Sample
and sophomore middle blocker Evyn McCoy
, but a 4-1 run at the end of the set was all the Bears needed to take the first set.
WVU bounced back from the first set with a 4-0 lead in the second, which included two straight service aces from sophomore defensive specialist Liz Gulick
. A balanced offensive attack led by Sackett and freshman outside hitter Nikki Attea
stretched the lead for the Mountaineers, as Baylor called a timeout trailing 19-15. After the timeout, the Bears would use an 8-0 serving run, which included four kills from Zoe Adom, to take its first lead of the set. A block by McCoy and junior outside hitter Arielle Allen
ended the run, but the Bears kept the momentum on their side and took the second set 25-22.
The Mountaineers found themselves trailing to begin the third set, until kills from Sackett and freshman middle blocker Caleah Wells
slowly chipped away at the lead. Another service ace from Gulick, combined with a kill from Sackett gave WVU its first lead of the set at 14-12. The teams would trade points until 16, when Baylor used a 9-2 run to finish off the set and take the match.
Sackett led the team with 13 kills, while Attea chipped in six. Allen led the defensive effort with 13 digs and Gulick recorded a season- and match-high four service aces.
The Mountaineers return to the WVU Coliseum for their annual Dig Pink game on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. against the Kansas State Wildcats.