Baylor volleyball is headed to the NCAA Final Four!
Baylor volleyball has spent eight weeks this season ranked No. 1 in the nation. They earned the No. 1 overall seed for this year’s NCAA tournament. And now, they’re two wins away from claiming the national championship.
Baylor beat No. 16 Purdue in the Sweet 16 and No. 8 Washington in the Elite Eight this weekend in Waco to advance to the NCAA Final Four for the first time in program history. The Bears are the last team standing from the Big 12, after No. 2 national seed Texas — the only team to defeat Baylor this season — was upset in the Sweet 16 on Friday.
Head coach Ryan McGuyre’s team will face No. 4 Wisconsin in Thursday’s national semifinals (6 p.m. CT, ESPN); the winner of that match will face either No. 3 Stanford or No. 7 Minnesota for the championship on Saturday (7 p.m. CT, ESPN2).
“Throughout the season, we’ve set many goals,” said junior Yossiana Pressley, the 2019 Big 12 Player of the Year. “The first was the Big 12 championship. Once we got that, the next was to be national champions, but the first goal of that accomplishment was to get to Pittsburgh. Now that we’ll be in Pittsburgh, we have to be sure we’re treating every team the same that we have this whole season. We have to respect all of their hitters, making sure we refuel and taking care of our side. I don’t think anything will change if we take care of our side.”
At 29-1 on the year, Baylor has already set a program record for wins in a season. Here’s to two more in Pittsburgh!
Sic ’em, Baylor volleyball!