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To cap off of a disappointing and injury-plagued season, Baylor volleyball lost their final match of 2013 against No. 1 Texas in Austin. The Bears lost 25-20, 25-16 and 25-14 to finish their season 12-20 overall and 4-12 in the Big 12.
Senior outside hitter Zoe Adom shined in her final match in the green and gold. Adom finished with 16 kills and five digs on a .278 hitting percentage in the match. Fellow senior defensive specialist Kayci Evans led Baylor with eight digs in her last match as a Bear.
Baylor volleyball lost to the Kansas State Wildcats on Wednesday at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kan. The Wildcats won all three sets 25-17, 25-17 and 25-17.
Baylor (12-18, 4-10) hit .194 in the first set. Things only went downhill from there as the Bears hit .026 in the second set and .000 in the third and final set.
Senior defensive specialist Kayci Evans posted 11 digs and sophomore middle hitter Adrien Richburg earned nine kills.
Coming off of a three-match losing streak, Baylor turned things around in a home tilt versus Texas Tech. The Bears (12-16, 4-8) defeated Texas Tech (9-19, 2-10) in straight sets on Wednesday in Waco. The Bears won sets 25-21, 25-19, 25-22.
Baylor trailed 7-10 in the first set but came back to tie the set at 12-12 behind an ace from freshman outside hitter Sam Hill and two kills from senior middle hitter Adrien Richburg. The Bears took a four-point lead but struggled to put the Red Raiders away. Tech cut the lead to 20-19, but Baylor managed to win the set 25-21. The Bears hit .414 in the set while holding Tech to .038.
Coming into this year, hopes were high for the Bears after last year’s success, but those dreams came crashing down on Monday when the Bears found out their season ended after not being selected to the NCAA Tournament as a bubble team.
After starting the season ranked No. 10, Baylor began to climb steadily only to go into a free-fall during a six game winless streak. After a three game winning streak, Baylor’s last hope was to win the Big 12 Tournament, but No. 1 seed West Virginia shattered any hope Baylor had with a 1-0 win Friday night at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo., in the Big 12 Championship Semifinals.
Baylor volleyball dropped their third straight conference match on Saturday night in a five-set match against in-state rival Texas Christian. With the win, TCU swept the season series against Baylor. Baylor lost 25-21, 21-25, 18-25, 29-27, 15-5. With the loss, the Bears dropped to 11-16 on the season and 3-8 in Big 12 play.
No. 5 seed Baylor played hard against No. 1 seed West Virginia, but it wasn’t enough as the Bears fell 1-0 to the Mountaineers on Friday at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City in the Big 12 Championship semifinals.
The only thing standing in the way of a Big 12 Conference Final appearance is a game against regular season champions No. 1 seed West Virginia in the semi-finals of the Big 12 Tournament. The game will take place at 5:30 p.m. today at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City.
No. 5 seed Baylor is riding a three-game winning streak and hopes to carry this momentum to take down the Big 12 powerhouse, but defeating West Virginia is no small feat.
23 seconds made all the difference in the previous matchup between No. 4 Iowa State (9-9-2) and No. 5 Baylor (11-5-3), but not this time as Baylor came away with a 1-0 win on Wednesday at Swope Soccer Village in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship.
The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for the Baylor Bears to win their second consecutive Big 12 game, defeating TCU 1-0 on Friday to close out the regular season.
“We’re a good team,” Baylor co-head coach Marci Jobson said. “We’ve always been a good team. We’ve suffered some losses and can play with anybody.
Coming off of a 3-0 sweep at Kansas, Baylor needed to show something to salvage this season at home against Iowa State. Unfortunately, the Bears were unable to find the winning formula as Iowa State (14-6, 8-2) overpowered Baylor (11-15, 3-7) in straight sets: 25-16, 25-16, 25-16.