By Cody Soto
Baylor volleyball suffered a 3-0 sweep to Wichita State (25-14, 25-19, 25-23) in San Marcos on Thursday evening.
Baylor (4-2) only hit .196 in the match opposed to the Shockers’ .312. Sophomore outside hitter Katie Staiger led the Bears with 16 kills and a .433 attack percentage in the loss.
Junior outside hitter Thea Munch-Soegaard contributed with nine kills and six digs for the Bears. Junior outside hitter Andie Malloy only had four kills, the first match she did not produce double-digit kills in this season.
Freshman libero Jana Brusek led the back row with eight digs. The Bears struggled defensively at the net with only three total blocks opposed to Wichita State’s nine; Baylor has 12 blocks in its previous match Wednesday night against Texas State.
Baylor struggled early on and was unable to build any momentum to start the match. The Bears dropped the opening set 25-14 after a .385 attack effort by the Shockers.
Baylor went into the locker room behind 2-0 in the match after the Shockers took the second set 25-19.
The Bears tried to redeem themselves in the third set, and forced a Wichita State timeout while trailing 18-17. Both teams were knotted up at 23-23 before head coach Jim Barnes called a Baylor timeout. Wichita State took the next two points with a block and a kill to take the set 25-23 to sweep the Bears.
The Bears will look to rebound from the loss as they travel to Arlington on Tuesday, Sept. 9 to face the UT Arlington Mavericks. Game is set to start at 6 p.m.