WACO, Texas – The No.5 Baylor Volleyball (19-10) started the NCAA tournament with a straight set victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi (21-5) despite a slow start.
The Bears lacked energy at the start, admitted head coach Ryan McGuyre after the game. They started off slow and a bit sloppy, recording just 17 eliminations out of 53 total attacks with a 0.170 hit percentage.
McGuyre replaced opposing striker Marieke van der Mark early on to boost the energy on the pitch. The set remained closed, but Baylor released it 25-22.
The Bears rebounded in the second set with a .429 score and they controlled the set throughout.
win it 25-12.
Bears libero Shanel Bramschreiber stepped up in this set and helped the Bears better control the ball with defense and passing. According to Coach McGuyre, she was the team’s MVP tonight.
Having said that, van der Mark also made a big difference early on and started the final set because of it.
However, Corpus Christi has not quietly entered the offseason. The Bears lost the advantage they found in the second set and started making more mistakes.
After taking a three-point lead late in the game, the Islanders fought back to take a one-point lead to 24-23 with a chance to steal the set. Van der Mark, Avery Skinner and Preslie Anderson stepped up their back-to-back wins to regain the lead, and the Bears finished the set 26-24 and the game 3-0.
Coach McGuyre said after the game he was quite disheartened by the way the team came out
this evening. They had good numbers at the end of the night, but he will focus on defense and energy before their game tomorrow night.
All of Baylor’s post-game pressers are available below.
Volleyball returns to Ferrel Center court tomorrow night at 7 p.m. to face the Washington State No.22.