Following last week’s historic win over then-No. 1 Texas, the Baylor volleyball team ascended back to the No. 1 spot in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association poll.
Baylor (23-1 overall, 13-1 Big 12) spent four weeks at No. 1 earlier this season before losing to the Longhorns in Austin. But the Bears turned the tables last week in Waco, winning a five-set affair on Wednesday before pocketing a road win over Kansas State on Saturday.
After that big week, Yossiana Pressley was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week while Kara McGhee won the Defensive Player of the Week honor. Both players won for the fourth time this season.
Pressley had 31 kills and 24 digs in the win over UT, and added 13 kills in the sweep of the Wildcats. McGhee had an eight-kill, six-block effort against the Longhorns, then smacked 11 kills against K-State.
Baylor returns to the court on Tuesday at West Virginia (11-16, 2-12) in Morgantown, W. Va. That match is pegged for a 5 p.m. Central start. Then the Bears will return home for the regular-season finale, 2 p.m. Saturday against TCU.
Newton’s Sylvester commits to Baylor
Highly-recruited Newton High School defensive end James Sylvester verbally committed to Baylor on Monday night.
The 6-4, 225-pound Sylvester is a four-star recruit by Rivals.com who recently de-committed from TCU and has been recruited by schools like Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Florida State.
Sylvester has recorded 74 tackles with 11 sacks and 19 for loss this season for an 11-1 Newton team that will play in the Class 3A Division II area playoffs Friday against Daingerfield.
Sylvester is the 14th commitment in Baylor’s 2020 class and the third defensive end as he joins Alven Johnson from Thrive Academy in Baton Rouge, La., and Sache’s Anthony Anyanwu.
Butler named Big 12 player of week
Sophomore guard Jared Butler was named Big 12 men’s basketball player of the week after helping No. 19 Baylor sweep three games to win the Myrtle Beach Invitational.
With Butler scoring 22 points and hitting four of eight 3-pointers, the Bears knocked off No. 22 Villanova, 87-78, in Sunday’s championship game as he earned the most valuable player award for the tournament.
Butler scored 19 points in the tournament opener against Ohio and 12 against Coastal Carolina in the semifinals.
Butler leads the Bears with 19.3 points per game while shooting 52.5 percent from 3-point range and dishing out 3.5 assists per game in Baylor’s 5-1 start.