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Loss keeps volleyball behind Texas A&M

Nov. 12, 1999

By ROBBIE SINCLAIR

Reporter

The No. 23-ranked Baylor volleyball team lost a valuable opportunity to climb in front of Texas A&M University in the Big 12 standings, as the Bears lost two match points and dropped a 3-2 decision to the Aggies Wednesday night in College Station.

Baylor fell to 21-7 overall and 9-6 in the Big 12, while No. 15-ranked A&M improved its record to 20-5 overall and 11-4 in conference.

The Bears trailed 13-5 in game one before scoring 10 unanswered points to grab the first game. Senior outside hitter Elisha Polk recorded nine kills in game one to pace Baylor's 15-13 victory.

It was Kia Young's turn to shine in game two, as the senior outside hitter notched six kills to help Baylor to the 15-11 win. Unlike in game one, the Bears marched to a big lead to start game two before holding on for the win.

The match might have ended in game three when the Bears had two match points at 14-12 and 14-13. They didn't convert the chances to win, however, and when Young's attempt sailed wide, the Aggies escaped with the 16-14 win.

'We came out strong, but we got tired,' freshman setter Dana Chuha said. 'We let their momentum take over.'

Baylor had another chance to put the Aggies away in game four as the Bears raced out to a 9-3 lead. Texas A&M had the momentum, though, and the Aggies answered with 12 straight points to close out the game 15-9.

Game five was all Texas A&M as the Aggies took an early 5-1 lead before closing Baylor out 15-9.

Up next for Baylor is the University of Kansas, which swept the Bears earlier this year. The match is set for 5 p.m. Saturday at the Ferrell Special Events Center. Sophomore middle blocker Sunny Nicholas said she thinks the Bears will get back on track against the Jayhawks.

'I expect to win,' she said. 'We have more skill and natural talent than they do. It just comes down to focus.'