Baylor Bests Wildcats in Three

Kaitlynn Pelger

Oct. 20, 2010

Box Score

WACO, Texas – The Kansas State Wildcats dropped their first match of a four-day road trip to Texas falling to Baylor in three sets. Baylor got the win 25-18, 25-20, 25-19 as the Wildcats could not find holes in Baylor’s nation’s leading defense as the Bears posted 77 digs.

Baylor entered the contest leading the nation in digs per set and was able to extend rallies all night holding K-State to a hitting percentage of .095 while the Bears hit an efficient .250 as a team. Baylor had four players post double digits in digs while K-State had three led by senior libero Lauren Mathewson with 16.

K-State (9-12, 3-7 Big 12) was led on offense by the trio of JuliAnne Chisholm, Kaitlynn Pelger and Dakota Kaufman with seven kills each. Pelger had a career night defensively with 14 digs from her middle blocker position. Mathewson now has 1,560 career digs and needs just 19 to move past Kim Zschau for second all-time at K-State.

The Wildcats fell behind by four early in the opening set as the Bears went on a four-point run to go up 8-4. K-State was able to chip away at the lead to pull within two points at 17-15, but Baylor answered with another four-point deluge to extend the lead to six before ending it 25-18 to take the early 1-0 lead in the match.

K-State almost completed a comeback in the second set after Baylor rushed out to a 5-0 lead. The Bears extended that lead to 17-9 before the Wildcats were able to score five straight to pull within four points. Back-to-back kills by Kaufman and Pelger made the score 20-22 in favor of the Bears, but Baylor was able to score the next three points to end the set and take a 2-0 lead into the locker room at intermission.

The third set saw the Wildcats go on a five-point run after falling behind to tie the set at 11 points apiece. The two teams then traded blows before Baylor racked off three in a row to take a four-point lead, an advantage the Wildcats could not overcome as Baylor closed the door 25-19 to complete the sweep.

The Wildcats continue their trip through the Lone Star State as they travel down I-35 to Austin to take on the No. 10 Texas Longhorns at 6:30 p.m. Friday before returning home next Wednesday.