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Volleyball team improves to 22-7 with win

Nov. 16, 1999

By JAMES_TAYLOR

Reporter

The Baylor volleyball team ended its two-game losing streak Saturday with a win against the University of Kansas Jayhawks before a homecoming crowd of more than 900 at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

The win was Baylor's 22nd of the season, compared with seven losses. The victory also helped the No. 23 Bears stay alive in the Big 12 race with games against the conference front-runner, the University of Nebraska, and Kansas State University still to play.

'There's still a lot to be decided in the conference race,' senior outside hitter Kia Young said.

The victory over Kansas was a step in the right direction for Baylor. The Bears disposed of the Jayhawks in workman-like fashion to sweep the match 3-0. The games were highly contested, but Baylor won the most important points to win 15-9, 15-11, 15-13.

'We lost to them [Kansas] the first time, so we were ready to play,' Young said.

Defensively, the Bears adjusted well to the Jayhawks' game plan, shutting down Kansas' leading player, senior middle blocker Amanda Reves, in the second half of the match.

'When we came out, she was hitting everything in,' Young said. 'But eventually we made some changes, and her accuracy wasn't there anymore. That was a big key to the match.'

With games remaining against the two top-rated teams in conference, intensity will be important. Defensively against the Jayhawks, the Bears were shorthanded as defensive specialist Kimmy Scott was out recovering from the flu, but junior outside hitter Dana Atkinson stepped up with two service aces and 12 digs in the match. Also playing well were Young, who had 11 kills and 16 digs, and senior outside hitter Elisha Polk. Polk was all over the floor as she collected 23 kills and 8 digs for the Bears.

If the Bears are to make the NCAA tournament, they must continue to play the way that got them here, being quicker than their opponents and playing offensively. In their losses, they have been taken out of their attacking style by bigger, slower teams.

'We have to play our game,' Young said.