Kansas State Women's Volleyball Stuns No. 18 Baylor in Historic Upset
WACO, Texas — In a five-set thriller, the Kansas State Wildcats pulled off a historic upset over the No. 18 Baylor Bears 3-2, snapping a 10-match losing streak against them. The victory marked K-State's first Top 25 win in the Mansfield era and their first win against Baylor since 2018. It was the third win in the last four games overall. Box Score || Box Score (PDF)
"It feels great," said an elated Kansas State head coach Jason Mansfield. "Baylor is an excellent program, consistently strong for the past decade, especially at home. Beating such a strong team on the road is always great, but it's even better when we play really well."
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K-State (9-5, 3-2 Big 12) showcased a balanced attack with three players finishing with double-digit kills. Aliyah Carter led the charge with a match-high 19 kills and 20 digs, recording her 20th career double-double.
Carter after the game about Carter's performance, Mansfield said, "She keeps battling. What impresses me most about Aliyah is her fearless approach. She doesn't fixate on the last play, whether good or bad.
"Tonight was a testament to that. She played aggressively on offense and excelled in the back row. Playing at a high level is crucial for us to beat great teams, and her 19 kills and 20 digs tonight were pretty spectacular."
The Wildcats' defense was equally impressive, out-blocking Baylor 12.0-6.0 and holding them to a .096 hitting efficiency.
"I was really proud of the way that we played the first few sets," added Mansfield. "I think that was the most consistent volleyball we've played all season, especially to start the match, but we did it in two sets.
Baylor (7-7, 1-3 Big 12) struggled to find their rhythm, with three players recording double-figure kills but failing to capitalize on key moments. Averi Carlson and Kyndal Stowers both had double-doubles, but it wasn't enough to stop the surging Wildcats.
Match two between the Cats and Bears is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Ferrell Center on Friday. The series finale will be streamed on Big 12 on ESPN+, with Lincoln Rose and former Bear Braya Hunt doing the coverage. And because it is Hispanic Heritage night, free "Vamos Osos" t-shirts are available to fans while supplies last.
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