AUSTIN — The result wasn’t what Baylor wanted. But the gap still seems to be closing.
Fifth-ranked Texas continued its long stretch of home dominance over the Baylor volleyball team, taking out the Bears, 25-19, 28-26, 25-17, on Wednesday night at Gregory Gymnasium. The Longhorns (10-2, 2-0) improved to 38-0 all-time against Baylor in Austin, but the Bears had reason to feel as though they could play with Texas.
In fact, Baylor (12-4, 2-1) stayed neck and neck with UT for much of the first set, trailing only 18-17 late in the set. But then Lexi Sun began to shine at the net for the Horns, who went on an 8-1 run to jump out to a 1-0 lead.
The next set was equally as competitive. Baylor twice pushed ahead to set point, at 24-23 and again at 26-25 when Shelly Fanning threw down a spike off a set from Hannah Lockin. But Texas rallied to seize the final three points and the set, as Micaya White powered home the clinching point.
Had Baylor been able to hang on, it would have marked the first time it had even taken a set from Texas in Austin since 2012.
That was a tough pill to swallow for the Bears, considering they outhit the Longhorns, .356 to .271 in the second set. Texas carried the momentum of the set No. 2 win over into the decisive third frame, clubbing at a .379 clip to wrap up the victory. White and Sun tagged 11 kills each for UT.
Katie Staiger whacked a match-leading 12 kills for BU. Fanning added 10 and Yossiana Pressley had nine. Jana Brusek hustled her way to 13 digs, while Lockin added 10 digs and 34 assists for the double-double.
With their seven-match winning streak snapped, the Bears will look to get back on track against Oklahoma at home on Saturday.
The Sooners, who fell to North Texas in three games Wednesday night, are 0-2 in Big 12 play and 3-11 overall.