Baylor Bests Wildcats in Four

Dakota Kaufman

Nov. 13, 2010

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State Wildcats fell behind early and nearly made the dramatic comeback only to fall short at home to the Baylor Bears on Saturday evening. K-State fired away at Baylor in the third set and almost forced a pivotal fifth dropping the fourth 25-23.

Baylor (14-13, 7-9 Big 12) got the win 25-17, 25-23, 21-25, 25-23 over K-State (10-17, 4-12) thanks to solid performances from its middle blockers. Elizabeth Graham tallied 16 blocks hitting .387 and Torri Campbell had 13 to lead Baylor’s attack. K-State’s middles struggled offensively, but the Wildcats saw their outside hitters emerge again.

“I think we let one get away. We made too many attack errors late in games and service errors at inopportune times,” head coach Suzie Fritz said. “One of the positives I take away from this match is that our outside hitters hit over .200. I also think this was Caitlyn Donahue’s best match of the season in terms of her left side location. We just have to get everybody to show up on the same night at the same place and perform well.”

Senior outside hitter JuliAnne Chisholm posted 11 kills on the night and hit .225 while her cousin Dakota Kaufman also pounded out 11 kills with a .304 clip. Kaufman made her first appearance of the night as a starter in the third set and proceeded to tally eight kills on 12 swings without an error to hit .667 in the set.

It was a big night for defense as Baylor entered the contest as the No. 4 team in the nation in digs. The Bears had three players post 16 or more digs while K-State had three in double digits. For K-State, senior libero Lauren Mathewson dug 21 Baylor attacks to give her seven 20-dig matches on the season and 22 for her career.

The Wildcats dug themselves a hole early in the match after dropping the first two sets, but K-State retaliated with a strong showing in the third hitting .256 to get the win 25-21. The fourth set saw K-State hold a 14-10 lead only to see that lead disappear with a later four-point run by the Bears to go up 17-16. The two teams would trade blows before Baylor would eventually put the match away with a kill by Campbell.

“In this conference nobody is going to give you anything,” Chisholm said. “When you don’t put it all out there in the beginning, you have a big hole to dig yourself out of. And in this conference everybody’s too good for that.”

The Wildcats will be in action at home again on Wednesday when they take on the Texas A&M Aggies at 7 p.m. in Ahearn Field House. Fans can get into the game for just $4 when they bring a canned food product to donate.