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Bears overturn No. 12 'Horns

Nov. 4, 1999

By JAMES TAYLOR

Reporter

The Baylor volleyball team continued its push toward a Big 12 Conference championship with a hard-fought victory against the University of Texas Wednesday night at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

The estimated crowd of 1600, the largest turnout of the season, saw the home team inch out a 3-2 in dramatic fashion.

The win propelled the Bears to 9-4 in conference play and 21-5 overall. This was Baylor's first victory over the Longhorns in 44 chances.

Sophomore setter Dana Chuha characterized the win as very important to the team's morale.

'Just to show them that we're a factor, that we're not someone they can look over,' Chuha said.

Texas, ranked 12th nationally, had beaten the Bears in their previous match.

But Baylor jumped out early to an 8-3 lead in game one, taking control and running the tempo.

'Against them the first time we didn't move a lot, we weren't the aggressors,' senior outside hitter Elisha Polk said. 'This time we found our rhythm and tried to get everyone involved and it paid off.'

And spreading the offense is exactly what the Bears did, as four players tallied double-digit kills. Senior outside hitter Kia Young led the way, compiling the second highest kill total in school history. Her 89 attempts were also a school record. Young attributed much of her success to getting other players involved like Sunny Nicholas, who collected 22 kills of her own.

Dana Chuha set a school record with 101 assists to place her in the top 15 in individual NCAA matches.

'I didn't know it was that many but there's a lot of good people to help that number out,' Chuha said. And with NCAA All-American candidate Elisha Polk on the front line, Baylor's presence is getting more intimidating on the court. Her 39 digs shattered the school record and her 29 digs completed her third double- double in as many matches.

The win was Baylor's fourth over a ranked team in the last month.

'I think beating Texas is an incredible win for our program,' Baylor head Coach Brian Hosfeld said.