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Volleyball team upsetby U. of Missouri, 3-2

Nov. 9, 1999

Coach says loss a real

'reality check' for squad

By JAMES_TAYLOR

Reporter

The Baylor volleyball team suffered an unexpected loss Saturday in a five-game match against the University of Missouri. Baylor had a 2-1 lead but lost the fourth and fifth games, both 15-12.

'This is a great reality check for our team,' head Coach Brian Hosfeld said. 'It's the kind of grind that we have to expect in the last six matches to make the NCAA tournament.' Saturday the Bears were without sophomore defensive specialist Kimmy Scott, who was out with the flu. As a result, there were only 11 digs in the backcourt, about 29 fewer than Baylor's usual per game average.

The Bears, coming off their biggest win of the season against the University of Texas, had won five straight games in the past three weeks. The wins were enough to get the nation's attention as Baylor broke the top 25 for the first time in its 22-year history.

The wins also got the team's attention.

'Our legs were dead from the three-hour battle against Texas,' Hosfeld said. 'Emotionally, the ranking and playing with that pressure are new to us. We are learning how to deal with that.'

The No. 23 Bears fell to 9-5 in Big 12 Conference play and 21-6 overall. They also dropped into a fifth-place tie with the University of Colorado. Texas and the University of Nebraska sit atop the conference with 11-3 records.

'The loss at Missouri goes to show what can happen in this conference,' Hosfeld said. 'They played out of their heads, and we didn't. It's as simple as that.'

Baylor travels to College Station on Wednesday to battle third place Texas A&M University. Baylor is looking for its first-ever season sweep against the Aggies.