Baylor volleyball ended a four-game skid to close out its 2015 campaign with a statement win against Kansas State, 25-13, 25-18, 25-22, on Saturday night at the Ferrell Center.
In the final game of their careers, the seniors helped give Baylor its first straight set victory over the Wildcats since Oct. 20, 2010. In what would be their last game at home, the seasoned veterans saved their best for last.
The performance from Baylor (17-13, 5-11) started with the defensive effort that limited Kansas State to a .103 attacking percentage.
Defense played a big part in the Bears’ victory to wrap up the first winning season since 2012.
Senior libero Mackenzie Mayo and senior outside hitter Andie Malloy led all players with 21 digs apiece. Malloy set a new career-high in her final game at home. The Bears were able to ride an 84-72 dig advantage to a 3-0 victory.
Head coach Ryan McGuyre was pleased with his team’s finale.
“The defense is something we needed to improve all season,” McGuyre said. “The blockers did a good job. The girls put in great days of practice. It definitely kicked off with a great job from the service line.”
Aside from the defensive numbers, several players helped the Bears remain effective on the offensive end.
Baylor was led by senior middle hitter Adrien Richburg, who had 10 kills with a .600 attacking percentage. Malloy, who was more consistent on the defensive end Saturday night, and junior middle hitter Tola Itiola finished with 10 kills as well.
The 10 home victories for McGuyre in his first season matched Baylor’s highest home win total since 2009. After wrapping up a winning campaign in his first year, McGuyre will be looking to continue that trend moving forward.
But Saturday’s win was about the seniors, he said.
“Amy and her leadership [really helped us], she was in the flow tonight and did some great things,” McGuyre said. “Adrien played the best I’ve seen her play all season. Andie means so much to the program – just the sacrifice she made to come and play here at Baylor. Mayo was just one of those diamonds I found unintentionally, and she makes the people around her better. She was really consistent tonight, such a lovable and likeable girl.”