Yeah. 14 VB Thwarts TCU is Open Big 12 Slate

By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Insider

Matched up against an assistant that helped him pick up 154 ​​of them, Baylor’s Ryan McGuyre got his 500th win as a women’s volleyball head coach in the 14th-ranked Bears’ 3-1 victory over TCU in Wednesday’s Big 12 opener at the Ferrell Center.
In his first year as head coach at TCU (5-7, 0-1), former Baylor assistant Jason Williams did end the Bears’ streak of eight-straight sweeps in a dominant third set before the Horned Frogs fell 25-13, 29 -27, 15-25, 25-19. Baylor ran its winning streak to 10-straight and won its 11th in a row against the Frogs, improving to 11-2 overall.
“I joke about it, but I’m super proud of Ryan,” Williams said. “No one deserves it more. But, it’s a huge milestone. If he remembers me because of it, then I’m OK with it.”
McGuyre, who has a record of 500-191 in 21 seasons as a women’s head coach, was presented a signed game ball commemorating his 500th victory.
“I told them in the locker room that before we talk volleyball, just cherish the moment,” he said. “500 is a lot, it’s a milestone. I’ve been coaching a long time. It’s not always the age, but it’s the mileage and what we’ve done. To see their joy and smiles, this is a fresh team, it’s a fun team. “
It’s also a young team, probably McGuyre’s youngest since his first season at Baylor in 2015. Sophomore libero Lauren Briseno is the only returning server, and she registered six of the Bears’ seven aces.
Briseno, who got half of her aces off let serves that barely trickled over the net, said that “whether it was unintentional or intentional during a match, I’m going to say it’s intentional. service line. “
In a back-and-forth first set that was all knotted up at 10-10, Briseno had three aces in a 11-0 run by the Bears. Elise McGhee closed it out, 25-13, with her first kill of the night.
Baylor seemed to have control in the second set, going up 17-13 on a Riley Simpson kill. But, the Frogs scored nine of the next 11 points and went on a 5-0 run to go up 22-19 on a kill by Afedo Manyang.
TCU had two set points to tie it up, but senior middle blocker Kara McGhee closed it out, 29-27, with kills on two of the last three points.
“Second set, I think we kind of gave it away,” Williams said. “We had our opportunities there before it got into extra points. I think if we were to make a couple plays in the second set, we’d probably be finishing the fifth set right now.”
Bouncing back, TCU scored the first four points of the third set and never let up, hitting .412 and getting a combined 11 kills from Audrey Nalls and Julia Adams in a dominant 25-15 win that snapped Baylor’s streak at 27-consecutive sets.
Freshman Allie Sczecwho finished with a career-high 12 kills and six blocks, had three kills and combined with Kara McGhee on three blocks in a fourth set the Bears controlled from the start. Baylor also fed the middles, getting a combined five kills from Kara McGhee and Mallory Talbertwho had 10 kills and four blocks.
“This preseason, me and (freshman setter Averi Carlson) have been trying to figure out our connection, what we need to do to be better and kind of take it to the next level, “S Bohem said.” We’ve really been coming in, getting extra reps in and doing what we need to do to reach that goal. I feel like tonight was a portrayal of everything that we’ve been working for. (Carlson) is so good, it makes it hard to make a mistake when I have her setting me. “
Simpson gave Baylor a third player with double-digit kills (11), while Briseno and freshman Alexis Dacosta had 10 digs apiece. Nalls and Adams had 22 and 15 kills, respectively, for the Frogs.
“I thought Allie Sczec had a great night for us the whole time, “McGuyre said.” We probably didn’t get her enough sets, but probably was the difference-maker, extremely reliable. When we struggled. . . Allie really pulled through for us. “
After being off this weekend, Baylor will go on the road to face Iowa State (8-5) on Wednesday in Ames, Iowa, then Kansas (10-3, 0-1) next Saturday in Lawrence. The Jayhawks won the opening two sets against top-ranked Texas on Wednesday before falling in five.

WACO, Texas – The No. 14 Baylor volleyball program thwarted TCU’s comeback on Wednesday night in the Ferrell Center, taking the 3-1 win to open Big 12 play.

The win marked head coach Ryan McGuyre‘s 500th career win, spanning across his head coaching tenure at Biola, California Baptist and Baylor.

The Bears (11-2, 1-0) took the match over the Horned Frogs (5-7, 0-1) in four sets, 25-13, 29-27, 15-25, 25-19 to open conference play with a victory.

It was TCU head coach Jason Williams’ first time back in Waco after taking the head role for the Frogs, facing his former boss McGuyre across the net. It was also homecoming for fifth-year player Callie Williams and volunteer assistant coach Preslie Anderson.

Lauren Briseño and Allie Sczec had career nights for the Bears, with Briseño serving up six aces and and S Bohemian throwing down 12 kills on 23 attempts with only two errors for a .435 attack percentage. In addition, S Czech put up six blocks and had three digs.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Set 1
The Bears started out hot with Kara McGhee getting a kill. TCU matched BU’s points and it was tied up at 3-3 with a S Bohemian kill. Mallory Talbert put Baylor ahead again at 6-5 and again at 7-5. Riley Simpson got her first kill of the match at 8-7, then again at 10-10 and 11-10. Briseño started off a 10-point scoring run at 14-11 with a TCU attack error, then had her first ace at 15-11, transitioning into a media timeout. She got her second in a row, prompting a TCU timeout at 16-11. Out of the timeout, Talbert and S Bohemia teamed up for a block on Julia Adams’ ball. Talbert got another kill to push TCU into another timeout before another ace from Briseño at 20-11. Sczec and Talbert got another block after a Sczech kill to make it 23-11. The Frogs got their first point after a while at 23-12. The set ended on an Elise McGhee kill at 25-13.

Set 2
Kicking off the second set was S Bohemia with a kill, followed by two straight attack errors, one for each team. Kara McGhee kept it going with a kill before getting the block with Sczec on Adams. At 6-3 Elise McGhee got in on the fun for the second set. After some attack errors and TCU kills, the Bears got back in the attack game with a Talbert kill at 9-5. Simpson made it 10-8 before Carlson got an ace at 11-8. Following that, Simpson and Kara McGhee got a block on Zoe Hall. After a Talbert kill at 15-11, media timeout interrupted play. Out of it, TCU got a kill then Elise McGhee and Talbert teamed up for a block. The Bears were ahead by two at 18-16 before the Frogs caught the Bears at 19-19. TCU tried for a comeback, and did overtake BU a few times, but Baylor finally escaped and capitalized on set point with Kara McGhee’s hot hand from the middle at 29-27.

Set 3
With two set wins under their belt, it was on to set three. But this time, TCU struck first and went on a four-point run. Momentum swung in their direction, and kept swinging. BU called timeout at 6-1, and out of it TCU got another kill before Riley Simpson stopped the bleeding with a kill of her own. Though the pressure helped, the Frogs put even more pressure on in return, and BU took another timeout at 16-6. Down by 10, BU couldn’t get another kill until Kara McGhee had a good attack at 18-8, just the fifth kill of the set. Simpson got her third of the frame at 19-9, then S Bohemia at 19-11. Elise got in on the push back at 22-13, but the Frogs made too much headway. McKenzie Nichols of TCU ended the set at 25-15 on an ace to force a fourth set.

Set 4
BU felt the sting of dropping a set for the first time since Sept. 2 and came out with claws out. The Bears went up 3-1, then 4-2. Simpson pushed the pack ahead at 6-4, but the Frogs were fighting. A big block came at 9-7 from S Bohemia and Kara McGhee, then McGhee, S Bohemia and Talbert got kills in succession to make TCU call for a pause. Briseño served her fifth ace of the night out of the pause, then S Bohemian, Elise McGhee and Talbert got three kills in a row to bring the squads to 12-8 and force another timeout from TCU. The Bears were chugging along when the Frogs started their comeback. At 19-16, Baylor called time. Out of it, a Kara McGhee kill followed by back-to-back blocks from the pairing of McGhee and S Bohemia. Briseño served up her final ace at 24-18 before the match was clinched on a service error from the Frogs.

NOTABLES

  • Head coach Ryan McGuyre got his 500th career win. He’s now only 18 wins away from being the outright winningest coach at Baylor
  • Lauren Briseño had a career-high and team-best six aces
  • Allie Sczec went 12-2-23 for a .435 attack percentage along with six blocks
  • The Bears are 5-3 in conference openers under McGuyre while also 6-2 in Big 12 openers at home

UP NEXT

The Bears go on a two-match, two-state road trip to Ames, Iowa and Lawrence, Kansas, respectively. BU will face Iowa State on Sept. 28 at 8pm for an ESPN2-broadcasted matchup before facing Kansas on Oct. 1 at 11am on ESPN +.

To stay up to date throughout the season on all things Baylor volleyball, follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @BaylorVBall.

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