WACO, Texas — The Kansas State volleyball team won the first set at Baylor on Wednesday, but the Wildcats lost to the Bears in four games (25-18, 27-29, 20-25, 20-25) in the Ferrell Center.
The Wildcats (14-6, 2-5 Big 12) trumped the Bears (10-13, 2-5) in hitting percentage and blocks on the night, while matching them in kills. But a season-high 10 aces allowed by K-State helped provide the difference in the loss. The loss for K-State — its fourth in its last five matches at Waco — drops the Wildcats’ road record in the Big 12 to 0-4.
Senior outside hitter Courtney Traxson led K-State with a match-high 14 kills, falling one short of tying her career-high. Traxson is averaging more than three kills per set in her last six matches. Fellow senior outside hitter Dakota Kaufman added a season-high 13 kills.
Redshirt freshman Katie Brand had 38 assists and 15 digs, notching her ninth double-double of the season. She also had three kills and four blocks.
K-State outblocked Baylor, 14.0-12.5, with senior Kaitlynn Pelger leading the way with eight (two solo). The middle blocker also had nine kills, seven digs and five assists.
Senior Tristan McCarty had 23 of the Wildcats’ 65 digs.
K-State hosts on No. 1 Texas on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.