A senior led the way on senior day.
Peyton Williams had a team-high eight kills in a three-set loss to No. 3 Baylor Saturday evening in Kansas State volleyball’s home finale, 19-25, 17-25, 18-25.
Williams is one of three Wildcats who were honored in the post-match ceremony. She led Kansas State (8-19, 3-12 Big 12) with a .500 hitting percentage. Another senior, Sarah Dixon, registered a team-high 12 assists along with five digs. Senior defensive specialist Mckenzi Weber contributed four digs.
“First and foremost, it’s a group of extraordinarily high-character people,” head coach Suzie Fritz said in a release. “Tremendous students, tremendous teammates, just tremendous people. So just being around them every day is a privilege. The leadership they provided for our team in a variety of different ways, they’re all very different in terms of what they bring. It’s been a privilege to be a part of their lives.”
Baylor (23-1, 13-1) was dominant in its seventh consecutive victory. the Bears had a 46-31 advantage in kills and outhit the Wildcats .279 to .143. Yossiana Pressley, who is second in the nation in producing kills, gave Baylor 13 kills on a .200 efficiency.
“I thought the connectedness on our end was better than it has been of late, in terms of defensive connectedness, being able to tie productive touches together and convert those into points,” Fritz said. “That transition sequence, touch to dig to convert, was probably the best it’s been in a while.
“Having said that, we’ve got to find ways to be a more offensively productive team. I thought our passing was streaky and I thought that’s where we bled points sometimes. Finding some level of consistency in all phases continues to be where we want to get to.”
Kansas State had eight team blocks, led by Megan Vernon with six block assists. Gloria Mutiri added four blocks assists with six kills.
The Wildcats’ freshman libero Loren Hinkle had a match-high 12 digs. She has led Kansas State in that category in the past four matches.
Pressley had nine of her 13 kills in the first set, hitting .412 with two errors on 17 swings. Baylor picked up a five-point run in the set to jump to a nine-point lead. The Wildcats retaliated on a 6-1 run to cut the lead to four points, led by Williams with four kills. Baylor’s Kara McGhee had four kills on seven attacks in the set.
The second set was a struggle for the Wildcats as they were held to a .029 team hitting percentage. McGhee and Shelly Stafford both had four kills on four swings, picking up eight of Baylor’s 13 kills in Set 2.
Williams had three kills on five attempts in the second set. Vernon had three block assists.
The Bears exploded for a .375 hitting efficiency in the final set, picking up 18 kills. KJ Johnson and Marieke Van der Mark had five kills or Baylor Holly Bonde had three kills for the Wildcats in the frame.
Kansas State had an early 5-2 lead but Baylor responded on a 6-1 run and took control from there. Baylor has now won three straight against the Wildcats.
The Wildcats finish their regular season on the oadagainst Texas Tech next Saturday at 1 p.m.