K-State volleyball swept in season finale against Baylor

Redshirt junior Jacque Smith looks to set up a K-State point in the Wildcats 3-0 loss to Baylor on Saturday afternoon. (Photos Courtesy of Joshua Fralick | Baylor Athletics)

The No. 10 Kansas State volleyball team fell flat in the regular-season finale on Saturday afternoon, recording a season-low 29 kills on .133 hitting while getting swept by No. 3 Baylor.

After a competitive match the day before, the Wildcats could not get anything going against the Bears in the series finale. K-State would lose, 18-25, 23-25, 13-25.

The highlight of the match for K-State came in the second set when the team fended off Baylor’s set-point for five consecutive points. An 11-2 Baylor run mid-set was ultimately too much to overcome.

Baylor completely took control of the match in the third and final set, hitting .611 as a team with four different players recording at least three kills. Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Yossiana Pressley led the Bears with 16 kills on the afternoon with a .353 hitting clip.

The Wildcats were led by junior Brynn Carlson who had 10 kills. Freshman libero Mackenzie Morris led the team with 11 digs — her 16th-straight match leading the team.

Baylor’s .352 team hitting percentage marked the second-highest K-State has allowed all season. K-State’s .133 percentage was the second-lowest of their season. The Wildcats lost back-to-back matches for just the second time this season.

K-State finishes the regular season with a 10-6 record and a third-place finish in the Big 12 Conference. The NCAA announced earlier this year that spring competition will resume starting on Jan. 22 with postseason selections on April 4. The NCAA Tournament will field just 48 teams, rather than 64, with 32 total automatic qualifiers.

The Wildcats will likely schedule games in the spring since they were nationally ranked to keep their at-large hopes alive.