WACO, Texas- The Oklahoma volleyball team battled back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Baylor in Waco, Texas, on Wednesday evening. Freshman Joanna Schmitt and senior Christina Maynes led the comeback and catapulted the Sooners to the 30-22, 25-30, 20-30, 30-25, 15-11 victory. OU improves to 9-7 on the season and notches it first Big 12 victory (1-3), while Baylor falls to 9-8 and 2-3 in conference. Schmitt set an OU rally scoring record with 26 kills, while Maynes turned in her first double-double of the season and set a personal-best with 19 kills.
Junior-transfer Keri Coats set OU career-highs in kills, 15, and aces, 4, and stuffed numerous Baylor rallies throughout the evening. Maynes and Schmitt led the OU defensive efforts as well with 15 and 13 digs, respectively. Freshman Rachel Jackson set a OU rally scoring record with 56 assists and turned in her sixth double-double of the season thanks to 12 digs. Laura Tomes tied the OU rally scoring block assists record with eight, while also tallying seven kills. Coats and sophomore Jennifer Adams turned in seven and four block assists, respectively.
After falling behind 5-1 early, the Sooners battled back in the first game to take a 20-15. Keri Coats stemmed a Baylor two point rally with kill to extend OU's advantage to 21-17. OU extended the lead to 25-19 behind a kill and near ace by Maynes. Two straight kills by Schmitt put OU up 27-20 and the Sooners would close out the Bears 30-22. Freshman Rachel Jackson tallied a career single-game high 14 assists with Schmitt being the main benefactor as she pounded home seven early kills. Junior-transfer Stephanie Tengram saw early action for the first time this season, while senior Kelly McCarter tried to go but was held out do a nagging back injury.
Coats stopped another Baylor rally in game two with a crucial kill that cut the Bears lead to 13-12. Coats was the Sooners offense hammering home three straight kills after three consecutive Baylor sideouts. Schmitt hit double-digits in kills as the Sooners took the lead, 17-16, on the next play. Baylor reclaimed the lead at 20-18 but four consecutive Bear unforced errors put the game back in OU's favor 22-20. The Sooners could not hold their lead and dropped the second game 30-25. Schmitt collected her team leading seventh double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs by the end of the second session.
A stingy Baylor defense was the culprit as OU fell behind 12-3 in the third frame. The Sooners steadily battled back and cut the lead to seven thanks to a block from Tomes and Maynes at 21-14. The block gave Tomes seven block assists near the midway point of game three. The Sooners could not toppled a 25-17 deficit and dropped the third game by a score of 30-20.
OU turned the tide to open the fourth, taking a commanding lead and forcing the Bears into a early timeout at 9-3. OU was attack error free as they extended there lead to 15-8. A mini-run by Baylor was stopped by rally-killer Coats who dropped in a kill from the right flank at 17-10. A Jackson ace made it 25-16 and Baylor head coach Brian Hosfeld was forced to call the Bears' second time out. Maynes turned in three clutch kills late in game four giving the Sooners the 30-24 victory. Maynes had a pair of 14's (kills, digs) at the end of game four, giving the senior her first double-double of the season and a season-high in kills.
Maynes was the catalyst in the final game recording three consecutive kills and knotting the contest at 5-5. Fellow left sider Schmitt would step up with two consecutive kills to tie the game at eight, and then nine. The left side duo combined for a set of kills and put the Sooners up 13-10. Schmitt gave OU 14 points with an ace and Maynes slammed the Ferrell Center door on Baylor with a kill to give OU its ninth victory of the season.
The match marked the second time this season that OU has overcome a 2-1 deficit for victory. The other instance came against East Carolina in the Liberty University Invitational.
The Sooners return to the Howard McCasland Field House Saturday, Oct. 4 when No. 7 Nebraska invades Norman. First serve is at 2 p.m., with the doors opening at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. The Huskers are the first of three consecutive home opponents with Iowa State (Oct. 8) and Kansas (Oct. 11) visiting the Field House in the coming days.