Wildcats Battle Bears
Wildcats Battle Bears
After K-State’s loss to
In their previous meeting with the Bears this season, the Wildcats claimed the win in four sets to have the Bears their first conference loss of the season after opening league play 3-0. K-State got the win despite being out-hit and out-blocked in the match. Rita Liliom had a double-double with 18 kills and 13 digs in the match as well. Megan Farr also had a big night for the Wildcats hitting .533 en route to 10 kills and have four blocks. For the Bears, Anna Breyfogle led the way with 15 kills and six blocks.
The Wildcats have won the last three against Baylor with their last loss coming on the road in four sets in 2006. Four of Baylor’s wins in the series have come at home in the
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On the Airwaves
Saturday’s match will be broadcast on 1350 KMAN with
On the Web
Live stats for Saturday’s match will be available through www.baylorbears.com.
Scouting the Bears
Baylor boasts one of the top defenses in the Big 12 and has caught the attention of coaches across the nation receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll for the fourth straight week. The Bears rank second in the conference in opponent hitting percentage (.165) and digs per set (15.60). Baylor’s defense is strong at the net as well blocking at a rate of 2.61 per set -- also good for second in the league.
This defense is made strong by middle blocker Anna Breyfogle who leads the conference by far in blocks at 1.63 per set. The closest player behind her is averaging 1.23 blocks per set. Against Texas A&M she had two solo blocks and 10 block assists. It was her second 10-block match of the season. Freshman Briana Tolbert also joins Breyfogle in the conference leaders in blocks coming in ninth with 0.96 per set. Libero Allison King is fifth in the Big 12 in digs per set at 4.03 and had 14 digs in Wednesday’s win over KU.
Baylor also brings a strong offense to the court, however, and is not just about defense. The Bears lead the Big 12 in service aces with 114 and are averaging 1.63 per set. K-State has 106 aces on the year and rank third in the conference per set. Setter Taylor Barnes leads the conference individually averaging 0.39 aces per set and Breyfogle comes in at third to boast to of the top servers in the Big 12.
Offensively, the Bears are led by Katie Sanders with 3.59 kills per set. She has had eight double-doubles this year as she is also averaging 2.88 dps. The Bears are a perfect 8-0 when she gets a double-double. Breyfogle and Ashley Christenson join Sanders as kill leaders on the team averaging 2.69 and 2.55 respectively. Breyfogle leads the team’s attackers with a .325 hitting percentage. At Barnes is one of the most aggressive in the conference at her position as she is averaging 1.36 kps and hitting at a .374 clip.
The Bears have the fifth hitting percentage in the conference behind proved their depth against
Catching Up with the Cats
The loss was the first time the Wildcats fell on the road to an unranked opponent since losing in five sets at
Seniors Rita Liliom and Nataly Korobkova had 20 and 16 kills respectively, but it was not enough to defeat the Cyclones. The team hit .250 for the match but
The match started strong for K-State hitting .342 en route to a 25-20 win while
There were bright spots in the loss for the Wildcats as senior Jenny Jantsch moved closer to her next victim on the career aces list with three. She is now four behind Renee Whitney for seventh all-time in school history. She also had a season-high 16 digs in the match.
Kelsey Chipman returned to form with 10 kills on 21 attacks and did not have an attack error to hit .476. The middle blocker also posted four block assist. Liliom’s 20 kills was her third match with at least 20 this season as she moves one behind Kathy Saxon on the career kills list.