Baylor Press Release
WACO, Texas – No. 25 Baylor volleyball (19-8) opens its 2018 NCAA Tournament run with a 6:30 p.m. CT matchup Thursday against Hawai’I (18-8) at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore.
The matchup will air on and be streamed by Spectrum Sports with Kanoa Leahey and Chris McLachlin on the call.
With a victory, Baylor will advance to the NCAA Second Round and face the winner of 14th-ranked and 15th-seeded Oregon and New Mexico State who face off following the BU-UH match at approximately 9 p.m. CT.
The second-round matchup will be contested at 9 p.m. CT on Friday.
Baylor is 5-6 all-time in six NCAA Tournament appearances and 2-2 in the McGuyre era.
BAYLOR NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTES
• Baylor is 5-6 in six NCAA Championships trips, including a 2-2 record in the McGuyre era.
• Baylor is appearing in the NCAA Tournament for a school-record third consecutive season and seventh time overall.
• Baylor is making its eighth postseason appearance, including the Bears’ 1993 run through the NIVC Tournament.
• Baylor looks to win its third consecutive NCAA first round match under McGuyre.
• Baylor has never faced Hawai’i, Oregon or New Mexico State in the postseason.
• Baylor is 2-5 against ranked opponents in the NCAA Tournament with wins over No. 9 UCLA (3-1 in Los Angeles) and No. 14 San Diego (3-2 in Los Angeles).
• Baylor has played seven total games against six different NCAA Tournament teams this season.
• BU is 4-3 against the 2018 NCAA Tournament field – No. 5 and fifth-seeded Texas (0-2), Rice (1-0), Texas State (1-0), No. 15 and 14th-seeded Marquette (1-0), San Diego (0-1) and No. 6 and sixth-seeded Wisconsin (1-0).
• Baylor is a combined 1-13 all-time against Hawai’i, Oregon and New Mexico State.
• Three of Baylor’s eight losses this season came against 2018 NCAA Tournament teams.
• Eight players have recorded a total of 10 double-doubles during the NCAA Tournament.
• 12 players return from last season’s NCAA Tournament team, including four starters.
• Last season, Baylor was the No. 12 overall seed and hosted the first and second rounds in Waco.
SUCCESS AT NEUTRAL SITES
• BU looks to advance to the NCAA Second Round for the third consecutive season.
• In its last neutral site postseason match, Baylor upended No. 14 San Diego in five sets at the
UCLA Regional in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
• BU is 9-4 all-time in neutral site matches under head coach Ryan McGuyre.
• BU is 1-1 this season in neutral site matches, dropping a five-set thriller to then-No. 10 UCLA in
San Diego and then dominating Virginia Tech in a sweep at the UTSA Invitational.
• Baylor has never played in the state of Oregon under McGuyre.
• Baylor is playing its first-ever neutral site match against Hawai’i on Thursday.
• Baylor and Hawai’i will be facing off for the second-straight season and first time ever at a neutral site.
LAST TIME VS. THE RAINBOW WAHINE (Sept. 8, 2017)
• Baylor pushed Hawai’i to the brink but ultimately dropped a tough five-set match Sept. 8, 2017
at the Stan Sheriff Center as part of the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge, 18-25, 25-14,
18-25, 25-17, 16-14.
• The Bears were led offensively by Yossiana Pressley who set a season-high 18 kills on a .359
hitting efficiency. Katie Staiger recorded another double-double with 16 kills and 12 digs while
Aniah Philo led the back row with 20 digs.
• The Bears hit .444 to start the match, compiling 15 kills on 27 attacks in the first set.
• Hawai’i’s McKenna Granato led all players with 22 kills on a .222 efficiency.
BAYLOR AGAINST EUGENE REGIONAL OPPONENTS
• Baylor is 1-13 all-time against the Eugene Regional opponents but is only 0-1 against Hawai’i,
Oregon and New Mexico State under head coach Ryan McGuyre.
• In their 2017 nonconference meeting with Hawai’i, the Bears and Rainbow Wahine went back and
forth before Hawai’i eventually took a 16-14 win in set five to take the match in Honolulu.
• BU hasn’t faced Oregon since 2008 (3-0 loss in Eugene) and New Mexico State since 2000 (3-0
win on neutral court).
CAREER MILESTONE WATCH
• Senior Aniah Philo is eight kills away (992) from reaching 1,000 career kills. She already surpassed that mark in digs with 1,346. In her freshman season at Louisville, she put down 177 kills.
• Junior Gia Milana is seven kills away (993) from reaching 1,000 career kills. She posted 801 kills in her two seasons at Maryland and has put away 192 kills at Baylor.