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Baylor Volleyball Advances to the Final Four, Defeating Washington 3-1

This is the Bears’ first Final Four appearance in program history!

NCAA Basketball Tournament - Xavier v Baylor Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

#1 overall seed Baylor Volleyball advanced to the Final Four for the first time in program history on Saturday, beating Washington three sets to one.

Baylor opened the first set with a huge run before Washington fought back and took the lead midway through the set at 13-12. However, after a timeout, the Bears came out with a fire and retook the lead and eventually won the set, 25-20.

In the second set Baylor developed an early lead before Washington jumped ahead for much of the middle of the set. Baylor fought back late in the set, getting it within one at 22-21. However, Washington stretched it out from there winning the second set 25-21.

The third set saw a back and forth battle as Baylor and Washington exchanged ties and leads. However after a 10-10 tie, Baylor started stretching the lead out getting it up to 14-10. They maintained and grew the lead, winning the set 25-19.

Baylor and Washington started exchanging points early, with Washington opening a 5-3 lead. Washington grew that lead to 8-5, prompting a Baylor timeout. The Bears were able to fight back and tie the game back up at 10-10. From there, Baylor took a 15-12 lead and forced a Washington timeout. Similar to Baylor, Washington started getting some momentum after a timeout closing the lead to 16-15 in favor of the Bears. However Baylor rallied from there and pushed the lead back up to 19-15, forcing another Washington timeout. However, the timeout didn’t work as well this time as Baylor blasted the lead open to 22-15. Washington made a bit of a push but Baylor got it to match point at 24-17. After one more point went Washington’s way, Baylor won the set 25-18, securing a Final Four appearance.

Yossiana Pressley led the team in kills with 24. Another notable performance came from Hannah Lockin, who set a career high in kills with 7.

Sic ‘em Baylor Volleyball!