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Volleyball team to face Mizzou

Nov. 5, 1999

By ROBBIE SINCLAIR

Reporter

The Baylor volleyball team is riding high as it travels to Columbia, Mo., for a date with the University of Missouri Tigers at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Hearnes Center.

Baylor, ranked 23rd in the nation, pulled out a heart-stopping, five-game win over the University of Texas Wednesday night to improve to 21-5 overall and 9-4 in the Big 12 Conference. Missouri lost to the University of Oklahoma Wednesday night and fell to 8-16 overall and 2-11 in the conference.

Baylor is tied for fourth in the Big 12 with Kansas State University, while Missouri rests alone in 11th place. The Bears, however, say they will not look past the Tigers.

'We fight every team like they are No. 1,' sophomore setter Dana Chuha said. 'We don't know how any team will play, so we want to be prepared.'

Missouri is experiencing growing pains this year with no seniors and just three juniors on the team. As a result, players like freshman middle blocker Christi Myers and sophomore right-side hitter Naaron Branson have been thrust into starting roles without the benefit of developing at their own pace.

Myers leads Missouri with 236 kills, and Branson has 235. To put those numbers in perspective though, Baylor has four players with more than 236 kills.

Tiger junior setter Heather Gerber leads the team with 776 assists and ranks ninth in the Big 12 with an average of 10.94 assists per game.

Leading the Bears is the combination of senior outside hitters Kia Young and Elisha Polk. Young exploded for a career and season high 35 kills against the Longhorns, and Polk contributed 29 kills and a Baylor record 39 digs. Not to be left

out, Chuha shattered a Baylor record with 101 assists. That performance tied her for seventh place on the NCAA single-match list.

'Ball control is always important,' he said. 'But when you get all six players playing their best at the same time, that's when you're talking about a whole new level.'