WACO, Texas - Three players finished with double-digit kills and senior Emily Brown recorded her third consecutive triple-double, but it was still not enough as Baylor notched its fifth straight Big 12 victory with a 3-1 (30-19, 20-30, 30-24, 30-22) win over the Jayhawks in Wednesday night's volleyball action.
Kansas fell to 10-14 overall and 3-11 in Big 12 play, while Baylor improved to 14-10 and 6-7 in the conference.
Freshman Jenna Kaiser led the Kansas offense hitting at a career-best .538 clip on 16 kills. Brown followed with 13 kills to go along with 12 digs and her team-high 25 assists. Junior Natalie Uhart also had double-figures with 11 kills.
Freshman libero Melissa Manda led all players with 17 digs. Katie Martincich pitched in 13 digs of her own as well as 23 assists.
Nine attacking errors doomed the Jayhawks in the opening game and their defense could not keep up with Baylor as the Bears hit a scorching .667 during the game committing just one attack error en route to a 30-19 Baylor win.
Kaiser sparked a five point run for the Jayhawks with three straight kills to help KU take an 8-4 lead in the second game. Kansas continued to pull away from BU extending its lead to 11 at 20-9 after another five point run. The Jayhawks held onto at least an eight point cushion throughout the remainder of the game before notching a 30-20 win.
KU battled back into game three after falling behind early on. A kill by Brown and a pair of Baylor attack errors tied the score at 18. With Kansas ahead 21-20, the Bears used a 5-0 run to take back the lead, 25-21. The Jayhawks stayed close but the Bears' run came too late and KU could not recover in time as Baylor took a 2-1 lead in the match with a 30-24 win in game three.
Baylor again jumped out early in the fourth game and quickly got to game point at 29-18. The Jayhawks held off match point four times with a pair of kills from Caitlin Mahoney and two more from Brown and Kaiser, but the push was too late and the deficit too large as the Bears recorded a 30-22 victory despite KU's match-high .412 hitting percentage.
The Jayhawks return home this weekend for a match up with Oklahoma Saturday night at 7 p.m.