By Shehan Jeyarajah
Baylor volleyball ended the three match Baylor Invitational tournament with a loss to Colorado. The Bears lost the match in straight sets, losing 25-21, 25-23 and 25-11.
After the match, Colorado improved to 8-1 while Baylor fell to 4-7. For the tournament, Baylor finished with a record of 2-1.
Baylor could not get consistent performance offensively, finishing with 25 total kills for the match. The Bears hit .035 over the three sets, including a -.156 in the deciding third set.
Senior outside hitter Zoe Adom led the team with seven kills while sophomore outside hitter Laura Jones added six. No other player finished with more than four. A night after limiting themselves to 19 total errors, Baylor had 34 total errors.
Baylor played the Buffaloes close early, losing the first set by only four and holding Colorado to a .091 hitting percentage.
Baylor played Colorado close in the second set, keeping within a point for most of the set. Baylor then went on to take a 23-20 lead before Colorado called time. After the timeout, the Buffaloes scored five straight points and won the second set 25-23.
The third set got away from Baylor quickly. They started out the set with a 4-2 lead, but that wouldn’t last long. Before long the lead was 5-12, before quickly becoming 8-18. When the dust cleared, Baylor hit -.156 for the set and lost 11-25.
A balanced effort for Colorado was led by sophomore outside hitter Alexis Austin who finished with 12 kills on .400 hitting percentage. Junior outside hitter Taylor Simpson finished with 11 kills and 13 digs. Sophomore setter Nicole Edelman finished with three kills, 32 assists and 14 digs.
Baylor will look to avenge their loss on Wednesday at Rice. They will then travel to Houston for the three match Flo Hyman Collegiate Cup where they will play LSU, North Texas and Houston on Friday and Saturday.