Volleyball takes down Baylor for third time this season

Logan Eggleston led the Longhorns with 23 kills, 14 digs and 5 aces as the No. 2 Texas volleyball team topped No. 6 Baylor (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

AUSTIN, Texas — The No. 2 Texas volleyball team knocked off No. 6 Baylor, 25-22, 25-17, 17-25, 25-20 Wednesday at the Frank Erwin Center.

The victory kept the Longhorns' record over this split season unblemished at 17-0; Texas is 3-0 in matches rescheduled to this spring, after sweeping a pair of matches last week against Oklahoma. The Bears fell to 15-4.

The Longhorns' third victory over Baylor this season was a non-conference match. When the two rivals met in conference play in early November, the Longhorns earned back-to-back 3-2 wins in Austin.

Wednesday night was no different, as the Erwin Center had the feeling of a critical Big 12 showdown, with 604 fans inattendance.

The first set see-sawed back and forth, with each side putting points on the board early. A block from middle blocker Brionne Butler and setter Jhenna Gabriel put the Horns on the board with Baylor up, 1-0. In a decisive scoring run midway through the opening set, Texas mounted a 4-0 run, ignited by a kill from outside hitter Logan Eggleston, to lead 12-8.

Baylor never regained the lead, though the Lady Bears tied it up at 19 before Texas scored three of the final four points, with Eggleston sealing the 25-22 victory on a kill for UT's 25th point of the set.

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Eggleston, who recorded a double-double with 23 kills and four digs, had seven kills in the first set alone.

The back-and-forth pattern continued into the second set, in which Texas played brilliant offense, hitting .429.

The Horns' hopes of a three-set sweep were washed away in the third set, as Baylor turned the tables to win, 25-17. The Lady Bears led by as many as eight, 23-15, late in the third, and made several key defensive stands.

However, the UT offense took over in the fourth and final set. The Horns battled back from an early 4-0 deficit to finally take a 14-13 lead on a statement kill by Eggleston, as the junior rattled off two more consecutive kills to keep Texas in front 16-15. With subs coming off the bench for both sides and Texas leading 22-19, the Longhorns held off a late Baylor rally, scoring the final three points of the contest to win the fourth set, 25-20.

Gabriel posted her fifth double-double of the season, dishing out 42 assists and 12 digs.

The season series between the Bears and Longhorns is not over. Baylor hosts Texas March 26.

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Next up on the spring slate for the Longhorns is a duel with Texas State at 7 p.m. Monday in Austin, in a match that can be seen on Longhorn Network.

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