The Wildcats fell in its first match of the tourney in a four set loss to Jamestown (25-19, 19-25, 19-25, 17-25) then rebounded for three straight wins over William Woods (26-24, 25-22, 25-15), Mayville State (25-13, 25-22, 25-14) and Briar Cliff (25-21, 25-17, 25-22).
Jamestown hit an impressive .263 on the day against the Wildcats and had two players with double-digit kills, as Sarah Becker had a team high 13 and Janna Johnson had 11. Becker hit .462 on the match with just one attack error. Hannah Bettge had 12 kills and Crystal Simon had 10 for the 'Cats. But Baker hit just .118 as a team.
In the second match on Friday, Baker rolled with the hot hand of defending HAAC Freshman of the Year Danielle French who had a match high 10 kills and hit .400. She also had a solo block and as a team Baker had six total team blocks.
The Baker defense held WWU to a hitting percentage of .113 and not one Owl had double digit kills.
In the win over Mayville State French had 19 of the Wildcats 46 total kills and Baker hit an impressive .346 as a squad. Bettge had 37 assists and Baker had eight service aces.
Sara Slater and Shannon McCarty each had three service aces and Kaysha Green had the other two aces. The Baker D held Mayville State to just .164 hitting and 18 attack errors, as a team Baker's offense only had nine attack errors.
The Baker defense saved its best match for last against Briar Cliff. Holding its opponent to a hitting percentage of .021 and 33 attack errors and had 11 total team blocks.
Baker will next host the Baker Invitational Tournament this coming Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Collins Center.
The Wildcats will face John Brown and Friends on Friday at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. respectively and then will face Benedictine and Sterling on Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m.