No. 24 Volleyball Battles Past TCU, 3-1

October 10, 2018

WACO, Texas – Playing with a different lineup for the second-straight match, No. 24 Baylor volleyball (11-6, 3-3 Big 12) stormed past TCU (11-6, 3-3 Big 12) Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center, 18-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-17.

Shelly Fanning matched a career-high 18 kills to lead all players while Bri Coleman set a career-high 11 putaways. Three other Bears posted at least seven kills in Gia Milana, Jaelyn Jackson and Marieke van der Mark.

Baylor held the Big 12’s leader in service aces to one in four sets after the Horned Frogs came into the match averaging 1.37 per set.

Baylor got off to the slow start offensively but used back-to-back kills from Ashley to pull within one at 13-12. TCU’s Anna Walsh posted eight kills while Fanning posted six in the frame, but TCU would take it, 25-18.

Baylor grabbed a 9-8 lead after a block from Jackson and Coleman, and Tara Wulf made it a 16-12 advantage with the team’s first service ace of the match. The Bears closed out the set on a 4-1 run to even up the match, 25-19.

BU jumped out to the commanding 11-4 lead after a kill from Coleman and never looked back. The Baylor defense held TCU to a .000 attack effort to take the advantage after set three, 25-15.

The momentum stayed on the Bears’ side after a Fanning and Fritcher block pushed the lead to 10-2. Shelly Fanning racked up five more kills as she helped Baylor hit a match-high .429 in the fourth set to close it out, 25-17.

• The Bears started Gia Milana, Jaelyn Jackson, Ashley Fritcher, Hannah Lockin, Shelly Fanning, Shanel Bramschreiber and libero Tara Wulf for the first time this season.
• 12 Bears saw playing time on Wednesday out of 14 available players.
• Shelly Fanning matched a career-high 18 kills on a .444 hitting efficiency.
• Fanning led the Bears in kills for the second time this season and first since BU’s season opener against LSU.
• Bri Coleman set a career-high 11 kills while Jaelyn Jackson, Ashley Fritcher and Marieke van der Mark set season highs.
• Tara Wulf had a match-high two aces against the Horned Frogs.
• Tara Wulf had a match-high 25 digs in the back row and posted 20-plus digs in a match for the third time this season.
• Hannah Lockin had a team-high 35 assists.
• Shelly Fanning nearly match a season high with seven blocks against the Jayhawks.
• Baylor held its third-straight Big 12 opponent below a .200 hitting percentage.
• Baylor now leads TCU in the all-time series, 14-7, and 8-2 in Waco.
• Baylor is 20-9 as a ranked team under McGuyre.

12 – the number of Bears who saw playing time against the Horned Frogs.

Head coach Ryan McGuyre
On the win…
“It was a huge test of our depth chart. It’s really a testament to the girls. I’m so proud of Bri Coleman. We talk about knowing one way to play, and really it’s been the depth of those who don’t see the court that much that are executing that most consistently. Bri managed her swings. Our setters did a good job being able to find Shelly and get her the ball. Jaelyn (Jackson) was good. We got her back just in time for her to have an impact on the match. I’m glad we figured out a way to win this match.”

The Bears (11-6, 3-3 Big 12) hits the road to face West Virginia Saturday afternoon at 12 p.m. CT.

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