BU looks toward UTNov. 2, 1999
By JAMES TAYLOR
Winning a conference title is no easy feat for any team. It takes some big wins over good teams and wins over some not-so-good teams.
As the Baylor volleyball team went into its Big 12 Conference showdown against Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, it was a game they were supposed to win. And win they did, against an under-matched Cyclone team 15-4, 15-8, 15-9 before a crowd of 1,045 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.
Leading the way for the Bears was recently named Big 12 Player of the Week Tatiana Kenon. Kenon, a junior rightside hitter, collected 14 kills against the Cyclones and also had three service aces.
'I am really shocked and excited,' she said moments afterward. 'I had a pretty good week, but I didn't expect this.'
Looking at her performance over this past week, it seems everyone else expected it. 'Tat,' as friends like to call Kenon, stepped up her play down the stretch to propel Baylor into fourth place in the conference standings at 8-4.
Wednesday, she recorded a triple-double for the Bears, the first in Baylor's history. Her line read 19 kills, 10 blocks and 10 digs. The block total was the fifth highest in Baylor history. Kenon's string of consecutive matches with a career high ended Saturday at three, the Bears had other weapons.
Senior outside hitter Kia Young continued her stellar play, amassing 15 kills for Baylor.
Talk in the Bears' locker room was not on the victory over Iowa State, but the upcoming challenge against the University of Texas on Wednesday. In the first meeting, the Longhorns, ranked No. 9 nationally, took the Bears out of their offensive rhythm and put them on the defensive.
'We've got to come out aggressive from the start,' said sophomore setter Dana Chuha, who sat out Saturday against the Cyclones, resting her right shin. She is expected to start Wednesday.
The Bears play four ranked teams in their last seven games. The Bears are two games behind conference-leading Texas with an opportunity to cut that number in half at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ferrell Special Events Center.