By Daniel Hill
The No. 8 Texas Longhorns outlasted the Baylor Bears in Austin 3-1 (25-18, 20-25, 25-9, 25-22). For the first time since 2006, the Baylor volleyball team won a set in Austin against the Texas Longhorns Tuesday evening.
After playing close in a competitive first set loss, the Bears found their stride against Texas and played a brilliant second set to top Texas 25-20.
After halftime, Texas took no prisoners in the third set as they jumped out to a 9-0 lead to remind the Bears what the No. 8 team in the nation looks like.
Baylor fought back in the third set and eventually trailed 16-9. Texas took off from there and ended up winning the third set over Baylor, 25-9.
With Texas leading the match two sets to one, Baylor started the fourth set in aggressive fashion and quickly established a 3-0 lead. From there the competitiveness of the match escalated, and soon Baylor only held a 7-6 lead. Junior outside hitter Zoe Adom stepped up for the Bears to lead them to a 15-12 advantage, and she tallied seven kills.
With freshman outside hitter Thea Munch-Soegaard serving, Baylor built a 20-17 lead and forced Texas to call a timeout. Texas would not relent and battled back to trail Baylor by only one point, 20-19.
Texas and Baylor kept trading points and with a 22-21 lead, Baylor called a timeout. Texas evened the score with Baylor at 22-22. Then Texas won three straight points to win the fourth set and the match 25-22.
Adom led the Bears with 13 kills and also totaled four digs and one block while hitting .545.
The Baylor Bears now have a 16-8 overall record and are 3-6 within the Big 12 Conference.