Few people get to play on a high school championship team let alone on a college championship team but Jena Kelly (THS Class of 2019) is doing just that. And the wild ride isn’t over yet. Jena and the #1 ranked Baylor Bears who recently won the Big 12 Volleyball Championship, await the NCAA Volleyball Tournament to see if they can win a national championship.
Read this excerpt of highlights from November 30th’s Big 12 Championship Volleyball game taken from the Baylor University website:
“Its been the most humbling and exciting experience to be apart of the Baylor family! Our team is committed to each other, our sport and God.”
— Jena Kelly
No. 1 Baylor volleyball (25-1, 15-1 Big 12) used a sweep of TCU (9-17, 4-12 Big 12) to earn a share of the program’s first Big 12 championship title on Saturday at the Ferrell Center, 25-19, 25-18, 25-14.
Baylor finished a program-best 15-1 in conference action and 25-1 in the regular season, becoming only the fifth team in conference history to win a Big 12 volleyball title (Nebraska, Texas, Kansas, K-State).
Junior Yossiana Pressley led the way with 10 kills, followed by senior Shelly Stafford with nine. Senior Gia Milana and sophomore Marieke van der Mark put away seven kills apiece.
Junior Hannah Lockin led the Bears with 29 assists while senior Braya Hunt tallied a match-high 10 digs. Freshman Kara McGhee led at the net with seven blocks.
The Bears opened up the match with a commanding 6-1 lead to force the early TCU timeout. BU extended its lead to 14-8 after a Milana kill, but TCU would pull within one at 18-17 after a kill. BU closed out the set on a 7-2 run and used a Pressley kill to take the opener, 25-19.
BU and TCU traded points to open up the second set, but the Bears grabbed the 14-9 lead behind a van der Mark kill to force the Horned Frog timeout. The Bears cruised on a .324 hit efficiency to take the frame, 25-18.
BU took a 6-1 lead behind Stafford’s serve, and a McGhee kill gave the Bears the 20-14 advantage. Milana’s kill set up championship point for the Bears, winning 25-14 in set three.
“We’re excited to see what else the season will bring and we’re shooting to be national champions on December 21st” — Jena Kelly
The #1 ranked Baylor Bears open the first round of the NCAA Championships on December 6th against Sacred Heart. Good luck Jena!