Offensive Woes Doom Kansas in 3-1 Loss to Baylor

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Despite out-digging the nation’s second-best defensive team, the Kansas offense could not keep up as the Jayhawks fell in four sets to Baylor in Wednesday’s volleyball action.

KU lost by scores of 23-25, 25-20, 25-23 and 25-12 as it dropped to 16-12 overall, including 7-10 in the Big 12 Conference. Baylor improved to 15-13 on the season and 8-9 in league play.

Freshman libero Brianne Riley registered her third-straight match with double-digit digs as she collected a team-high 22, followed by 12 from junior setter Nicole Tate and 11 from senior defensive specialist Melissa Manda. The Jayhawks recorded 71 digs in the match compared to 69 for Baylor.

Kansas also out-blocked the Bears 13.0-11.0 in its second highest output of the year. Redshirt freshman Caroline Jarmoc matched a season-high with nine total blocks, including three solo rejections.

Senior outside hitter Jenna Kaiser helped the Jayhawks to a 25-23 opening set win as she led the team with six kills in the first frame. KU trailed 15-12 before four different Jayhawks recorded a kill to go along with a BU attack error, as Kansas knotted the score at 20-all. After another tie at 21-21, the Jayhawks scored three unanswered points. Although Baylor held off set point twice, a combined block by Jarmoc and junior Allison Mayfield ended the frame with a KU win.

Kaiser led Kansas with 12 kills during the match along with senior Karina Garlington. Mayfield added 11 in the effort as well as a pair of service aces.

Despite opening the match with a .244 hitting percentage, KU’s offense struggled through the remainder of the match.

Kansas fell behind early in set two and never recovered as it fell 25-20. During set three, the Jayhawks held a comfortable lead at 18-13 but a 7-1 run by the Bears put Baylor ahead 20-19. KU managed to tie the set at 22-22 but BU recorded three of the next four points on kills to win the set 25-23.

Baylor hit a match-high .500 attack percentage in the final frame while KU hit a match-low -.037 as the Bears won 25-12 in set four.

The Jayhawks have just two days to prepare for No. 8 Texas as they travel to Austin on Friday, Nov. 19 for a 6:30 p.m. match.