By Gio Gennero | Sports editor
This Friday and Saturday at the Ferrell Center, the No. 10 volleyball Baylor takes up his biggest challenge so far this season against the top ranked team in the country: the University of Texas, undefeated (17-0, 8 -0 Big 12).
The Bears (13-4, 7-1 Big 12) are 3-2 against ranked teams and are 5-1 at home. Head coach Ryan McGuyre has said he looks forward to the atmosphere as they face a familiar opponent who is stronger than ever.
“In my seven years, this is the best Texan team I’ve seen,” said McGuyre. “They are like us, heavy seniors. They play hungry and there are no holes or weaknesses, we [have] played better volleyball than Texas. I feel the same for our team. We’re good at every position and we just need to play better volleyball. “
McGuyre said he thinks the timing of the game is perfect as it will act as a “quick tune” ahead of the playoffs as this is the caliber of the team that they will often see if they are to achieve. their goal of winning a national title.
“We have to deal with it,” McGuyre said. “No excuses… it’s November, it’s time to play and compete.”
Senior passer Hannah Sedwick said she is attacking this game in the same way as every other game. She said she understands it will be a good test to see if they are where they want to be.
“It’s big,” Sedwick said. “But there have been a lot of big games all year round and I feel like they haven’t. It’s just another game for us on the way we want to be, which is the national championship and before that, the conference championship. It’s just another game against a very good team.
Sedwick also agreed it was the perfect time to take on an opponent like UT as the Bears prepare for the playoffs.
“In the playoffs, we’ll see a bunch of tough teams,” Sedwick said. “It’s a great time to play against a team like Texas. We have a bunch of games under our belt, but we still have a lot of time to keep growing. “
Head outside forward Yossiana Pressley said she was thrilled to be playing for Texas for the fifth time in her college career. Friday’s game is a shutout at the Ferrell Center where all participants are encouraged to wear white. Pressley said she was thrilled to perform in front of a packed Baylor crowd.
“It’s super exciting to play in Texas,” Pressley said. “We are facing them for the fifth time this year. It’s great to have them here and to have this Baylor crowd behind us. It’s going to be a great atmosphere and I’m excited to play this game with my teammates… we’re the two best teams in the Big 12 and we both ranked in the top 10, it’s going to be a great game. This atmosphere is going to be electric.