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Ryan McGuyre is energized about exactly where his ninth-ranked Baylor volleyball crew is likely to be in December. But, going into the 2nd-straight weekend on the road, there are however thoughts to be answered.
After splitting a pair of leading-10 matches against Minnesota and Wisconsin in the Significant Ten/Huge 12 Problem in Madison, Wis., the Bears vacation to Knoxville, Tenn., struggling with Tennessee (3-) at 5:30 p.m. CST Friday and No. 7 Pittsburgh (3-) at 3 p.m. Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena.
In addition to acquiring Marieke van der Mark “far more comfortable in her position” at middle blocker, McGuyre is even now “figuring out what is actually going to be finest” for the All-American trio of exterior hitters Yossiana Pressley, Avery Skinner and Lauren Harrison.
“There is no mistaken determination. I think the appropriate conclusion is to have them all out there,” he mentioned. “But, how can we do it in a way that’s not likely to mess up our chemistry and our rhythm? I sense excited about December, due to the fact I know we’re likely to hold improving upon each working day. But, we have certainly not landed on it’s possible particularly what our identification is heading to be.”
A ideal-aspect hitter through most of her Baylor job, van der Mark created a large effect in last Friday’s period-opening gain above then-No. 7 Minnesota with 14 kills and 7 blocks in her very first start out at center blocker.
“We generally want to be a risk antenna to antenna, across the total web,” McGuyre explained. “She’s it’s possible better blocking a single path than the other. She’s normally employed to going to her right. I think she can get a small bit speedier with far more observe, moving to her still left.”
An honorable mention All-American last calendar year immediately after transferring from North Carolina, Harrison arrived off the bench in both matches and averaged 10 kills.
“Likely most happy of Lauren Harrison coming off the bench both evenings and staying an immediate effects,” McGuyre claimed of Harrison, who had 13 kills in the 3-1 loss to No. 2 Wisconsin. “That’s anything that an All-American, 4-kills-for each-set transfer from Carolina has in no way experienced to be before. To me, that’s big.”
A two-time All-American and the 2019 AVCA Nationwide Player of the 12 months, Pressley attained Large 12 Offensive Participant of the 7 days honors. She experienced 19 kills, 16 digs and 4 blocks in the 3-1 earn about Minnesota and recorded yet another double-double with 15 kills and 13 digs vs . Wisconsin.
Already keeping the faculty report for kills in the rally-scoring period with 1,976, Pressley is closing in on Elisha Polk’s general school history, needing 298 extra to surpass her.
Before going through their 3rd leading-10 opponent of the calendar year, the Bears have to play an undefeated Tennessee group on its residence ground. The Woman Vols failed to fall a established in past weekend’s Tennessee Typical, sweeping Texas Tech, East Tennessee Point out and North Carolina Point out.
“They’re quite great,” McGuyre explained. “Tennessee is at household, they are hitting about .300 and no person got additional than 20 (details in a established) on them. Granted, their opponents are a minimal weaker. I am not positive what they’re like challenged, but they have firepower and chemistry.”
In Tennessee’s last NCAA Event visual appearance in 2018, existing Baylor senior setter Callie Williams experienced 26 assists and a important fifth-set ace in a comeback win above Colorado Point out.
Saturday’s matchup against No. 7 Pitt will be Baylor’s third versus a top rated-10 opponent. The Panthers designed their 1st-at any time area ultimate final calendar year, upsetting 10th-rated Utah and No. 3 Minnesota before dropping a five-setter against No. 7 Washington.
Penn Point out transfer Serena Grey, a 6-2 center blocker, had 31 kills, 11 blocks and 4 company aces in the to start with three matches.
“They are a real rapidly, tempo workforce,” McGuyre stated. “So, our ability to sluggish them down in technique and then try to get them out of system with our serves, ability and attacking will be important. Each teams are taking part in seriously clear, so they are not heading to give up large runs. Pitt has a transfer in Serena Gray in the center, a superior flyer that presents them a weapon they did not have past yr when they were by now fantastic. We are heading to have to be at our very best for these matches.”
Friday’s match towards Tennessee will be streamed by the SEC Community on ESPN+.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Baylor volleyball returns to motion on Friday evening when they experience the Tennessee Lady Volunteers in Thompson-Boling Arena at 5:30 p.m. CT.
The Bears (1-1) moved up just one location in the rankings to No. 9 heading into week two of participate in. The Woman Vols (3-) are receiving votes in the AVCA’s weekly poll.
Baylor comes off a prime-10 weekend in Madison, Wisconsin, to deal with both equally (RV) Tennessee and No. 7 Pittsburgh, but will see the Vols initial. Tennessee swept its opening weekend, defeating Texas Tech, ETSU and NC Point out to just take the Tennessee Basic as their personal. Very last period, the group went 8-4 in property matches.
The previous time the Bears played Tennessee was in 2019 when the Green & Gold swept them in a few straight sets at property in the Ferrell Heart. The collection involving the two applications is tied at 1-1, with each individual group successful on their household courts.
- Yossiana Pressley is only 24 kills away from her 2,000th career get rid of. She led the group in kills for 7 days one, putting up 19 from the Golden Gophers and 15 towards the Badgers. She is 297 kills absent from surpassing the Baylor career document holder for kills, Elisha Polk.
- TN Ties: Callie Williams transferred to Baylor soon after the 2018 time from Tennessee.
- Freshmen Elise McGhee and Lauren Briseño noticed actively playing time in the very first week of the normal-time.
- Marieke van der Mark performed center blocker for the very first time in her job versus No. 7 Minnesota, and did it once more vs . No. 2 Wisconsin.
Lovers of the Eco-friendly & Gold can view Friday’s match on the SEC Network + and abide by together with stay stats, joined on the BU agenda. A complete recap and final stats will be posted to BaylorBears.com soon after the conclusion of perform.
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The Bears will engage in No. 7 Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon in Tennessee, with to start with serve established for 3 p.m. CT in Thompson-Boling Arena.