AMES, Iowa — Last week, Baylor’s volleyball team missed out on a chance to pick up a momentous road win over a ranked opponent, as the Bears fell in Austin.
This week, they weren’t about to let another chance slip away.
Shelly Fanning pounded 14 kills and Baylor dusted No. 20 Iowa State, 25-19, 25-20, 25-14, at the Hilton Coliseum on Wednesday. For the Bears (14-4 overall, 4-1 in Big 12), it marked their first back-to-back wins in Ames since the 2004-05 seasons. It also was Baylor’s first road win over a ranked foe since defeating No. 25 Oklahoma in four sets in November of 2011.
“Such great maturity from us tonight, great composure,” Baylor coach Ryan McGuyre said. “I felt like we were in control the whole night.”
Senior Katie Staiger, the Big 12 leader in kills, had a rare off night for the Bears, finishing with five kills on negative .042 hitting. But McGuyre was proud of the way other players stepped to the forefront.
“Last year we don’t win if Katie hits negative, this year we’re able to come at teams in so many different ways,” McGuyre said.
McGuyre said that freshman setter Hannah Lockin played a “beautiful match,” and noted that she’s playing as well as any setter in the country. Lockin tallied 37 assists and 11 digs.
Fanning hit .500 for the Bears, while freshman Yossiana Pressley ripped 10 kills on .200 hitting. Aniah Philo picked up 12 digs to go with six kills, and Staiger had 10 digs. Camryn Freiberg tagged eight kills at a .571 clip.
Iowa State (11-3, 2-2) connected for a mere .113 hitting percentage, led by Jess Schaeben’s 10 kills.
Baylor will take aim at its 10th win in its last 11 outings when it hosts West Virginia (12-5, 1-3) at 2 p.m. on Saturday.