No. 21 Baylor Volleyball Drops Match At No. 4 Texas

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AUSTIN, Texas – 21st-ranked Baylor volleyball (9-5, 1-2 Big 12) couldn’t overcome a season-high 14 service errors in a three-set loss to fourth-ranked Texas Wednesday night at Gregory Gymnasium, 25-23, 25-16, 25-15.

Yossiana Pressley paced all players with 11 kills while Gia Milana and Aniah Philo contributed eight each.

The Bears committed a season-high 14 service errors and the most since BU’s 2017 season opener against Florida State (16).

Baylor hopped out to a 17-13 lead after a kill from Philo, but Texas took the opening set after BU committed eight service errors and then an attack error at set point, 25-23.

BU and UT (7-3, 2-0 Big 12) battled it out to open the second frame, but four straight points for the Longhorns prompted a BU timeout at 9-4. Baylor couldn’t cut at the lead to drop set two, 25-16.

Baylor struggled offensively in the third frame, hitting -.026 to drop the final set, 25-15.

• Sophomore Yossiana Pressley led all players with 11 kills Wednesday night.
• Baylor outhit the Longhorns in set one, .250 to .185.
• Sophomore Hannah Lockin led all players with 28 assists.
• Junior Tara Wulf anchored the back row with eight digs.
• Baylor is 1-3 against ranked opponents this season.
• Texas leads the all-time series, 83-2, and is 43-0 against the Bears in Austin.
• Baylor is 18-8 as a ranked team under McGuyre.

28 – the match-leading assist count by sophomore Hannah Lockin.
Baylor head coach Ryan McGuyre

On the loss…
“I definitely felt like we had opportunities in that first set numerous times. We really struggled from the service line. It really limited our ability to score. I thought (assistant coach Jason Williams) put together a good defensive plan. We also had a great offensive game plan, so we were siding out at a good percentage. When we kept the ball in, we were getting a lot of digs and opportunities. If we take back even half of those missed serves, then I think we could have converted a lot more of those. Moving forward, Texas adjusted where they were hitting, and we were slow to respond and make plays. On the road, you’ve got to stay clean and be more consistent.”

The Bears (9-5, 1-2 Big 12) return home to host Oklahoma Friday night at 8 p.m. CT. The first 200 students will get a free ice cream sundae.

BU’s match will air live on ESPNU with Tyler Denning and Bailey Webster on the call. 

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