By Cody Soto
Things aren’t getting any better for Baylor volleyball. The Bears could not overcome a .058 hitting percentage to drop a 3-0 decision to West Virginia Saturday night in Morgantown, W.Va. Baylor fell 25-22, 25-21, 26-24.
Baylor (14-16, 4-11 Big 12) could not pull away from the Mountaineers after taking small leads in the first and third sets and were crippled by West Virginia’s 18 blocks. The Mountaineer performance at the net is the most blocks by a Big 12 team in three sets this season.
Junior outside hitter Andie Malloy had 14 kills and eight digs for Baylor. Freshman outside hitter Katie Staiger added eight kills and sophomore middle hitter Tola Itiola contributed six kills on a .286 hitting effort for the Bears.
In the loss, Baylor had 37 kills but committed 30 errors. Senior libero Hope Ogden led the back row with nine digs for the Bears.
A poor performance by Baylor in the third set could not push the game to any more sets as the Bears hit .022 for 15 kills and 14 errors in the final frame.
A strong performance by the Big 12’s current kill leader, WVU’s Jordan Anderson, with 17 kills, six digs and four blocks forced Baylor to drop its 11th conference match of the season.
Baylor will play its final Big12 match on the road at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 29 against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa.