No. 11 Volleyball posts 3-2 victory over Baylor
AUSTIN, Texas -- Freshman Ashley Engle led Texas with 26 kills on .377 hitting as the No. 11 Longhorns fought off a scrappy Baylor volleyball team on their way to a 3-2 victory over the Lady Bears, Friday night at Gregory Gym. Baylor won the first game, 30-27 before UT won 30-26 twice. Baylor tied the match at 2-2 with a 33-31 fourth-game victory before UT closed out the night with a 15-10 win in game five.
Texas, 11-4 overall, moved to 6-2 in the Big 12 standings, while Baylor is now 13-6, 2-5.
Engle also added 16 digs in addition to her match-high 26 kills, registering her fourth consecutive double-double of the season. Longhorn freshman Destinee Hooker added 21 kills and a .327 hitting percentage, while senior Dariam Acevedo finished with 20 kills, including four in the decisive fifth game.
As a team, Texas hit .284 for the match, while Baylor hit .230. This included UT's dominance in the fifth game as the Longhorns hit .588 with no errors. In that fifth game, Baylor hit just .294 and committed three errors.
The Longhorns had a quick start in the final game, getting three Lauren Paolini kills and a BU attack error to take a 4-0 lead. Baylor chipped away at the lead, getting an Amanda Renz ace to pull within 6-5 and force a Longhorn timeout. An Engle kill followed by an Engle ace stretched the Longhorns' lead to 8-5.
"Michelle (Moriarty) did a good job of mixing up her sets to all the hitters and we were able to find some holes in the Baylor defense late in the match," commented Engle.
Baylor opened game one by taking the first two points on a Taylor Barnes kill and a Texas attack error before the Longhorns got on the board on a Baylor service error. The Bears took three of the next four points before Texas responded with kills from Leticia Armstrong (Elkhart, Ind.) and Hooker to cut the deficit to 5-4. Baylor took seven of the next 11 points to take a 15-8 lead and force a Texas timeout.
"We made good adjustments in games four and five and our offense became more balanced, especially in the fifth game," said Head Coach Jerritt Elliott.
Baylor won four of the next five points before Texas mounted a rally of its own. A Hooker kill drew the Longhorns within 22-18 and forced a Baylor timeout. After a Bear kill, Texas captured the next four points to pull within 23-22, and the Longhorns evened the game at 25 apiece on an Armstrong block.
Trailing 22-20, Texas picked up kills from Hooker and Engle to even the game at 22-22. Baylor regained the lead on a Guilliard-Young kill and a Hooker attack error before Texas evened the game at 25-25 on a LeBlanc attack error.
The score moved back and forth before Baylor took a 29-27 lead before a Paolini kill and a Breyfogle attack error evened the game at 29-29. Baylor's Sanders and Texas' Engle exchanged kills to knot the score at 30-all before Guilliard-Young and Hooker followed suit to even the game at 31. Finally, Baylor capitalized on a pair of Longhorn attack errors to take the game, 33-31, setting up the decisive fifth game.
Texas will take a week off before returning to action on Friday, Oct. 13 at Texas A&M in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m. CDT in at G. Rollie White Coliseum in College Station.