Women's volleyball: Baylor storms back for first top-10 upset since 2009 over BYU
HONOLULU -- Baylor volleyball (6-3) didn't flinch as it stormed back from a 2-0 deficit to upset 10th-ranked BYU in five sets Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center, 21-25, 22-25, 25-18, 28-26, 15-10.
The Bears earn their first top-10 win since BU upset No. 9 UCLA in the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 5, 2009 and first regular season top-10 win since Sept. 24, 2003 (No. 9 Kansas State).
Katie Staiger set a season-high 26 kills on a .303 attack efficiency and added 14 digs for the double-double. Yossiana Pressley contributed a season-high 18 kills while Braya Hunt had a career-high 29 assists against the Cougars (8-1).
Jana Brusek nearly tied her career high with 31 digs, leading all players in the back row.
The Bears and Cougars fought it out in the opening frame, resulting in 10 ties. A Camryn Freibergand and Aniah Philo block at 18-14 forced a BYU timeout, but the Cougars went on a 4-0 to close the set and take the early advantage, 25-21.
BU was led by Staiger who added six kills in the second set, but BYU ended the frame on a 3-0 run to go up 2-0.
Baylor would start chipping away in the third set and pulled away by as much as seven behind a .306 attack effort to pull within one, 25-18.
The fourth set, containing 18 ties and seven lead changes, went to extra points as the Bears fought off a match point to force a fifth set after a kill by Pressley.
Baylor hopped out an 8-6 lead at the changeover and never looked back as Staiger put down the final kill for the top-10 upset in Honolulu.
The win was Baylor's first top-10 victory under head coach Ryan McGuyre.
The victory is Baylor's first win after trailing 2-0 under McGuyre (previously 0-14).
Katie Staiger led all players with 26 kills and added 14 digs for her sixth double-double of the season.
Yossiana Pressley added 18 kills, including the final hit to send the match to a fifth set.
Jana Brusek led all players with 31 digs, nearly a new career high.
Bears outblocked the 10th-ranked Cougars, 13.5-11.5.
Katie Staiger was named to the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge All-Tournament Team.
"I thought we stubbed out toe to the College of Charleston after beating Washington State. At least the first two sets of Nevada were there. I think we were ready (for BYU). We were on the reverse end. We knew it was three days in the row - they have a great coaching staff, so I know they didn't take us lightly. We got bit by (a five-set loss) just last weekend right before coming here, so we knew it could happen for us."
"Our defense was the difference. We were getting great touches and aggressive moves versus other passes. Even at 11-7 and 12-8 we had that ball drop, but I thought this week Yossi grew up. I think Katie (Staiger) is realizing her role is essential and important to us but also very different than last year," said head coach Ryan McGuyre.
STAT OF THE MATCH
2 -- the amount of sets Baylor trailed before rallying to win in five sets.