Volleyball squeezes past Baylor Bears with a 3-2 win

Outside hitter Aliyah Carter swings through the ball as TCU attempts to block. The Wildcats defeated the Horned Frogs in a 5-set thriller 3-2 on September 22 at Morgan Family Arena. (Haylee Haslett | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State volleyball started the night gaining an early 2-0 lead against the No. 18 Baylor Bears, only to lose the next two sets. Nevertheless, the Wildcats came back to win the match 3-2 in a monumental road upset.

The Wildcats powered through the start of the match, leading the entirety of the first set to steal a 25-18 win. Outside hitter Shaylee Myers was a key player in the set, contributing six points, five kills and two blocks. 

K-State continued to gain momentum in the second set. Two aces from outside hitter Liz Gregorski, and kills from outside hitters Aniya Clinton and Aliyah Carter granted the Wildcats with a 6-0 lead at the beginning of the set. 

Once again, the Wildcats seized the lead over the Bears to win the second set 25-14 from a kill by Myers. 

The third set was a lot tighter, with the Bears in the lead for the whole set. Baylor came out on top in the end, with a close win of 25-22. 

The fourth set was very similar to the third one. The Wildcats and the Bears battled throughout the whole set, only to have the Bears pull through with another close win of 25-21. 

With the Bear’s mighty comeback, the Wildcats were now in the fight for their lives in the fifth and final set. 

The set went back and forth with multiple lead changes. The Wildcats pressed forward against the ranked foes and took home the set 15-13, sealing the match. Carter was the star player in the match, racking up a total of 20 points, 20 digs and 19 kills, the highest between both teams.   

Victory in hand, the Wildcats will confront Baylor again at 7 p.m. Friday at Ferrell Center.