WACO – Baylor’s volleyball team ended two lengthy losing streaks with a comeback, five-set win over Iowa State at the Ferrell Center Saturday night. Baylor (12-11, 2-6) battled back to defeat the Cyclones (11-8, 3-5) 20-25, 19-25, 25-16, 25-21, 15-10 to end a six-match Big 12 losing streak and a nine-match skid to ISU.
The Bears beat Iowa State for the first time since Sept. 23, 2009 and erased a two-set deficit to win in five sets for the first time since beating TCU Sept. 7, 2010. More importantly, Baylor picked up its first Big 12 win since opening league play with a win on the road at Kansas State, Sept. 27.
Baylor used 16 blocks, including a career-high 10 from Sam Hill, and 90 digs to limit ISU’s hitting percentage to .118 in the win. Hill picked up the first double-double of her career with 11 kills (.250) and 10 blocks. Adrien Richburg led the Bears with 14 kills (.333) and Thea Munch-Soegaard had a career-high 24 digs to go along with a season-high 12 kills.
“I’m just proud of the ladies,” Baylor head coach Jim Barnes said. “They put it all out there, and that’s what you want to see is all out effort and determination on every play, and that’s what broke Iowa State’s back. We just kept hustling and never let up, that’s what kept the momentum on our side.”
Baylor’s win in five sets after trailing two sets to none was the first win in that fashion since the Bears dropped the first two sets before beating TCU, Sept. 7, 2010.
Sam Hill had 10 blocks and 11 kills for her first career double-double. Thea Munch Soegaard’s career-high 24 digs and season-high 12 kills gave the junior her first double-double of the season. Adrien Richburg led Baylor in kills (14) for the first time since she tied for the team lead in the season-opener vs. Abilene Christian, Aug. 29. Amy Rosenbaum had an all-around night with 44 assists, nine digs, two blocks and two kills. Andie Malloy had 19 digs, Jana Brusek had 17, and Ashley Myer had 14 joining Munch-Soegaard in the double-digit digs category. Baylor’s 16 blocks and 90 digs helped keep ISU’s hitting percentage at .118, the lowest output by a Baylor opponent this season. The 16 blocks was a season-high for Baylor as a team.
Baylor resumes Big 12 play on the road at Texas Tech Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.