Baylor’s fifth-ranked volleyball team will try to knock off its second undefeated ranked team of the weekend when it faces No. 13 Hawaii on Sunday.
The Bears (8-0) swept No. 17 Missouri, 3-0, on Friday, delivering the Tigers their first loss of the season. That improved the Bears to 4-0 against ranked opponents this season.
Hawaii (10-0) fought past Missouri in five sets in the second Baylor Classic match on Saturday. Three different players tallied double-digit kills for the Rainbow Wahine, led by Skyler Williams with 13.
Sunday’s match is slated for 2 p.m. at the Ferrell Center, and will be televised on ESPN Plus.
BU soccer hosts Gonzaga
The Baylor soccer team will host Gonzaga at 1 p.m. Sunday at Betty Lou Mays Field.
The Bears (3-2-3) will try to build off their performance in a 2-2 double-overtime tie against No. 2 USC on Friday at Betty Lou Mays Field. Sophomores Elena Reyna and Giuliana Cunningham scored goals for the Bears while goalkeeper Jennifer Wandt collected a season-high eight saves.
Baylor should get a boost from the return of senior Raegan Padgett, who was disqualified from the USC game after getting a red card in the previous match against Abilene Christian. However, top scorer Camryn Wendlandt is expected to miss her third straight game with a foot injury.
Gonzaga has won its last four games including wins over Kansas State and Nebraska to improve to 7-2 for the season. Erin Healy and Lauren Elwer lead Gonzaga with four goals apiece.
Mary Hardin-Baylor battles Belhaven to win, 23-13
BELTON – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor had a hiccup Saturday but still managed to pull out the win, 23-13, against Belhaven University in the Crusaders’ conference opener.
The Crusaders returned a fumble by the Blazers on the opening possession, scoring four plays later 2:41 into the game. They stretched the lead to 14-0 on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Luke Poorman to Jonel Reed.
Belhaven narrowed the lead with a 75-yard touchdown drive, but the extra point was blocked.
UMHB kicked a field goal to go up 17-6. Two more field goals in the second quarter made the halftime lead 23-6.
Belhaven stopped the Crusaders on the one-yard line in the second half opening drive. Later in the half, the Blazers drove 92 yards in eight plays, ending with a 22-yard touchdown pass.
Normally, UMHB wins handily, but the win still gives the Crusaders a 2-0 start with a 1-0 conference record. Belhaven fell to 0-3, 0-2 conference.
The Crusaders host Howard Payne next Saturday for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
Padres fire manager Green during season-ending skid
SAN DIEGO — Andy Green was fired as manager of the San Diego Padres on Saturday morning, about 12 hours after one of their worst losses this season seemed to sum up their second-half collapse.
General manager A.J. Preller said Green, in his fourth season, was fired because the team had regressed in the second half.
San Diego was 45-45 at the All-Star break but has played poorly since. The Padres have lost eight of their last nine, including an ugly, mistake-filled 9-0 loss to Arizona on Friday night that dropped them to 69-85. They became the first team to change managers this season.
“We feel like we’ve got a young talented group that has a chance to be competitive,” Preller told The Associated Press. “We made some progress in the earlier part of season, but as the second half went on we didn’t see the team getting into a spot where we could see continual improvement.
“We feel like a different person in that chair has a chance to take a young, talented group into a different spot.”
Green was 274-366 since he was hired ahead of the 2016 season. San Diego lost 90 or more games in each of his three full years and is assured of its ninth straight losing record.
Rod Barajas, in his first season as bench coach, takes over on an interim basis Saturday night against the Diamondbacks. A former big league catcher, he managed many of the current players in Triple-A.
As for Friday night’s loss, “You don’t want to react to one game or one moment, but it was indicative of what we’ve seen in the second half, the last month,” Preller said. “Overall when you look at our performance, we feel like we’re better than we’ve been playing. Andy would be the first one to say that.”
Green couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.