Volleyball falls trying to upset Baylor twice

Sydney Bolding and Izzi Szulczewski against Cincinnati on September 30, 2023 at Morgan Family Arena. Bolding recorded her 300th career block against Baylor on Oct. 6 in a 3-1 loss. (Madison Riebel | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State volleyball was unsuccessful against No. 18 Baylor in a four-set match after upsetting the Bears Friday night, making the season series 1-1. 

In the first set, the Bears would jump out to a 3-0 lead, however, this did not discourage the Wildcats. K-State tied the set at six apiece off an attack error from Baylor. 

Errors haunted the Bears, as an error allowed the Wildcats to tie the set at 25 a piece to keep it alive. Baylor put some points together and ended the long set 29-27 off a kill from outside hitter Kyndal Stowers. 

The start of the second set was competitive, but Baylor slowly started to rally. The Bears were up 18-12 against the Wildcats. K-State brought the set within three points at 21-18 off a kill from middle blocker Sydney Bolding, who had two kills in the set. This would not be enough to get the Wildcats over the hump, eventually losing the set 25-20. 

K-State turned it up after two set losses, as they jumped to an 8-2 lead to start. Outside hitter Aliyah Carter was responsible for three of the eight points, racking up three kills early and eventually ending the set with seven kills total. The Bears would not take the lead even once this set as the Wildcats led the whole game and put it away in convincing fashion at 25-16. 

The fourth set saw 10 ties. Once the set was tied at 16-16, the Bears took over as K-State would only score one more time. Attack errors and two kills apiece from Baylor’s outside hitters Elise McGhee and Riley Simpson helped end the game 25-17. 

Carter ended the game with a season-high in kills, finishing with 21 kills on the night. This was Carter’s 14th career match with 20 or more kills. Bolding also has had a historic night, recording her 300th career block, having five in the match.

The Wildcats look to regroup and return home at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 6 to take on No. 25 Iowa State.