#17 VB Tramples No. 11 Marquette for Second-Straight Ranked Road Win

September 8, 2019
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MILWAUKEE – No. 17 Baylor volleyball (5-0) posted its second consecutive road win over a ranked opponent with a sweep of No. 11 Marquette Sunday at the Al McGuire Center, 25-14, 27-25, 25-18.

BU’s victory over the 11th-ranked Golden Eagles was the Bears’ second-straight ranked win for the first time in program history after a 3-1 win at No. 4 Wisconsin last Friday.

Yossiana Pressley surpassed 1,000 career kills after she led all players with 20 kills on a .444 attack efficiency. She heads into the next match with 1,008 as a Bear.

The Baylor defense suffocated Marquette and posted a season-high 14.5 blocks. Stafford led with a season-high eight blocks and added 13 kills on a .522 clip.

BU came out quick in the opening frame and took a 15-7 after a Hannah Lockin service ace. BU never let up and limited the Golden Eagles to a -.026 hitting percentage to take the first set, 25-14.

Baylor maintained a slight lead throughout the entire second set, forcing a Marquette timeout after a Kara McGhee and Marieke van der Mark block at 19-16. The Golden Eagles then went on a run to take a 23-22 with an ace to force a Baylor timeout.

BU fought off a set point at 24-23 and used the eighth block of the frame to win 27-25 and grab the 2-0 advantage.

BU went on top 7-2 with another block in set three and used 19 kills to close out the match in straight sets, 25-18.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Baylor posted back-to-back road wins over ranked opponents for the first time in program history, upsetting No. 4 Wisconsin in Madison and No. 11 Marquette in Milwaukee this weekend.
• BU improved to 2-0 all-time against Marquette.
• BU opens the season at 5-0 for the first time under McGuyre and ninth time in program history.
• BU hit a season-high .385 against Marquette, posting 46 kills with only six attack errors.
• Yossiana Pressley led all hitters with 20 kills on a .444 clip, surpassing 1,000 career kills as a Bear.
• Shelly Stafford hit a season-best .522 for 13 kills.
• Tara Wulf led all players with 15 digs.
• Baylor is now 28-11 as a ranked team under McGuyre.
• Baylor is now 3-0 against ranked opponents in 2019.
• Baylor posted a season-high 14.5 blocks against the Golden Eagles, led by Stafford’s season-high eight blocks.
• Baylor had 19 kills in the third set for its highest kill total in a set this season.
• Hannah Lockin was 4-of-5 on attacks and posted a match-high 35 assists.

STAT OF THE MATCH
14.5 – the season-high block total by the Bears.

TOP QUOTE
Head coach Ryan McGuyre
On the win…
“I really loved how we started off the match. It set a great tone and showed good maturity. Our blocking was dialed in for much of the match and really helped our defense. Offensively, (Hannah) Lockin was awesome today, and our hitters played smart. We had very few errors. Yossi (Pressley) was once again unstoppable at times, but she was helped by (Shelly) Stafford to really keep Marquette guessing. It was another good team effort where little things helped us get another big road win.”

WHAT’S NEXT
BU (5-0) heads home for the first time this season to host the Hampton Inn & Suites Waco North Baylor Invitational Thursday through Saturday at the Ferrell Center.

The Bears will host Houston Thursday at 7 p.m. CT, followed by a matchup against No. 21 Tennessee Saturday at 1 p.m. Saturday’s ranked matchup is “Pack the House” Night with all tickets priced at $1.

 
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