No. 15 VB outlasts the State of Iowa

WACO, Texas— The 15th-ranked Baylor volleyball team won Wednesday night’s game at the Ferrell Center 3-1 over Iowa State.

The Bears (22-5, 11-3 Big 12 Conference) outlived the Cyclones (18-10, 9-5 Big 12) in four sets, 25-20, 25-20, 19-25, 26-24.

BU leads the all-time series with ISU, 31-25, and leads 16-12 when playing in Waco. McGuyre is 12-4 against Iowa State in his career.

Senior Kara McGhee she had 500th Career block in the first set and finished the match with 504 total points, making her sixth all-time for career blocks and third in the rally scoring era for BU. She rose for her 500thth next to her sister Elise.


set 1
The Bears started the match behind a Kara McGhee kill, but Iowa State was ready for BU and responded with two points of their own. Elise McGhee recorded the next kill for BU to tie it 2-2 early. Kara McGhee and Lauren Harrison went forward for a block, 4-2, but ISU responded again. The teams traded points throughout the remainder of the set, with the McGhees receiving blocks and kills from Talbert, Harrison and the McGhee sisters. At the media timeout, Elise had scored a kill at 15-12. From this, the ISU got the kill, but Allie Sczech and Kara followed up with kills of their own, forcing a Cyclone timeout at 17-13. Alexis Dacosta served an ace, then Iowa State’s Maya Duckworth pulled off a kill followed by two straight aces from Brooke Stonestreet resulting in a BU timeout, now 18-16. Sczech responded with a kill, then Harrison and Harrison and Mallory Talbert got a block, now 21-18. ISU called again at 10-7pm. Duckworth had a kill, though Elise McGhee generated a kill, then a Cyclones attack error brought it to setpoint. setter Aver Carlson served an ace to finish the set 25-20.

sentence 2
With a set win under their belt, BU started the second set with a kill Allie Sczech. The Bears made it 3-1 early thanks to Harrison, who pulled off a kill. ISU tied it, but Talbert replied. Iowa State called for a break as BU went 7-3 up thanks to three straight attacking errors at the Cyclones. From this, ISU received a kill and then two consecutive aces from Duckworth. Talbert stopped the run with a kill to make it 8-6. Iowa State had a 10-8 lead, but BU took the lead thanks Kara McGhee and Sczech kills along with a Carlson ace, pushing the Cyclones into the second timeout of the set. Iowa State brought it back within one, 13-12, though Kara McGhee pushed her back. Sczech got a kill to make it 16-13, and then Harrison made the game 18-14. Keep moving right now Elise McGhee had BU’s 20th Period, now 20-15. The McGhees went up a block to make it 22-18, and despite the Cyclones’ efforts to catch up, BU finished the set with a 25-20 kill from Sczech.

set 3
The Bears led 2-0, set three started with an attacking error but was quickly followed by one Kara McGhee kill. ISU went up by three, but McGhee stopped it. Harrison made it 5-3 with Iowa State leading with one kill, then 6-4. The Cyclones led for the rest of the set, although BU got within range at several points. BU took their first timeout at 10-4, then again at 14-7. The momentum rolling with Iowa State brought in Baylor Alice Andrew at point 18-9. After a kill from Harrison and Talbert, Andrew went for a block with Talbert to make it 18-13, urging Iowa State to call a timeout. The rest of the set was the Cyclones, even with blocks from Talbert, Harrison and the McGhees. Kara McGhee scored a kill at 23-19 but ISU finished the set with a Duckworth kill at 25-19.

set 4
The Bears seemed to have renewed vigor and Harrison fired with a kill in the fourth, then again for the second and third BU points. ISU made three points but the Bears responded with another Harrison kill, now 4-4. The Cyclones disputed the call, but it was confirmed. Three straight points came from Iowa State, including an ace. Talbert stopped it, but ISU was ahead 7-5. Talbert served an ace, but ISU had two more points. So Carlson had a kill at 9-7 Elise McGhee at 10-9. Sczech put the Bears within three at 13-11, and back-to-back attacking errors from the Cyclones tied them to 13-all before a kill from ISU and an Iowa State block. The media timeout broke the run at 15-13 with ISU in the lead and Harrison came out with a kill. Tied back at 16-16, Kara McGhee line up the bears At 17-17 it was tied again Elise McGhee to return it back in Baylor’s favor. Iowa State unsuccessfully challenged an attacking error at 20-19 and had two kills. Kara tied it again at 21-21 and Talbert at 23-22. Iowa State requested back-to-back timeouts, the score now stands at match point, 24-22. At 24-24, Talbert was the one who scored BU’s next match point. Talbert and Elise McGhee got the block to end the match 26-24 and avenge the road loss.



  • Kara McGhee she had 500th Career block in the first set, a block assist with her sister Elise.
  • McGuyre is six victories away from becoming Baylor Volleyball’s all-time winning coach.
  • Bears had three with double-digit kills (K. McGhee, E. McGhee, L. Harrison) and Lauren Breño led the team with double-digit digs.
  • BU avenged the away loss to the Cyclones on September 28 with victory.

Kara McGhee on her 500thth career block

“I didn’t know it was next to Elise, so that’s special. I wasn’t really expecting it, so it was fun to hear that at the end of the game. It’s always special to play with this team, so it’s certainly special to have that with this team.”

head coach Ryan McGuyre

“Iowa State, great team, they fought so well in conference all year. They beat Texas, they’re going to do well in the tournament. Coach Christy (Johnson-Lynch) and those staffs are always doing something.” I feel like we need to be just as well prepared and dialed in to win against teams like Iowa State – and there aren’t many who have prepared well. Obviously he loved the fight and the 25-20 , 25-20 in those first two sets and executed what we wanted to do. Probably a big mistake maybe in the first set but the defense (Lauren) Briseno did a great job picking I thought our defensive touches were good we could find Kara (McGhee), I thought a lot, first few sets. We really need to stretch those two mids down some more but good for Mallory (Talbert) to crush the ball to give us match point. And then our blocking, sometimes it leads to a breakup, and tonight i It kinda didn’t save us when we weren’t beasts and we swung away, we got a few blocks to dodge where I might wish we had a little better killed with the first ball. But Elise put the exclamation mark on the block there at the end. I have a feeling she did that in another match as well. The grit for this team is fun. I think Mallory her best set was at the end. Ditto for Allie (Szech) who also gets some kills there. Tough fight, glad we were able to win at home. No break. We have another game ahead of us.”


The Bears are heading south on I-35 to take on leaders Texas at 7:00 p.m. Saturday at Gregory Gym.