Top-ranked Baylor volleyball swept Kansas State in three sets Saturday night at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.
The No. 1 Bears won 25-19, 25-15, 29-25 despite being held to a season-low .240 hitting percentage.
Kansas State (6-9, 1-2 Big 12) had 11 blocks in the match, including seven in the third set. The final set had 16 ties, and the Wildcats made it to set point three times prior to the Bears winning and extending their program-best streak to 22 consecutive wins.
“I thought we were improved from our last match with Texas Tech,” K-State head coach Suzie Fritz said in a release. “We were on task and executing at a consistently higher level in all phases. There’s a reason they are No. 1. They make it hard on you. We continue to hurt ourselves, and if we can stabilize that, I think the outcome would be more positive.”
The nation’s leading attacker, Baylor’s Yossiana Pressley, had a season-low .209 attacking percentage. The Wildcat defense forced 11 errors from her, which was her highest in a three-set match so far this season. Pressley had 20 kills on 45 swings.
Megan Vernon had a career-high in blocks, with eight. Anna Dixon and Gloria Mutiri contributed four block assists, each.
“Yossiana Pressley is a national player of the year candidate, and I thought we did a pretty nice job defensively against her,” Fritz said. “In a lot of ways, that was a positive for us. And 11 blocks, we were better defensively than we were against Texas Tech.”
Dixon had a team-high 10 kills, with five in the first set on eight swings without an error.
Brynn Carlson had seven kills and Mutiri turned in six.
Setter Sarah Dixon stood out with 25 assists as well as a team-high nine digs. Loren Hinkle had eight digs and Mckenzi Weber had five.
“Loren Hinkle came in at the libero spot and did a nice job of stabilizing us in serve receive,” Fritz said. “She passed and served well. Peyton Williams came on late and made some really nice plays late.”
The Bears had a 44-33 edge in kills and the Wildcats had 13 service errors, the largest mark by the program in any three-set match this season.
Baylor had a match-high .346 hitting percentage in the second set, forcing Kansas State to eight errors and only five kills.
Baylor closed the set on a 6-1 run.
The Wildcats got to set-point three times in the final set and even fought off Baylor on match-point once.
Pressley had nine kills in the third set, but also committed six errors on 20 swings. Kansas State had a 16-15 edge in kills in the final set.
K-State hosts No. 6 Texas at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ahearn Fieldhouse.