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Volleyball receivesNCAA bid

Nov. 30, 1999

By TRAVIS THOLEN

Sports Writer

Baylor women's volleyball has arrived. Sunday the NCAA selection committee issued an at-large bid for the 64-team tournament to the green and gold for the first time in Baylor's history.

Friday at State College, Penn., the No. 22-ranked Bears will play Temple, the Atlantic-10 Conference champions, in postseason play.

'It is a long time coming, being patient and preparing for this moment,' head Coach Brian Hosfeld said.

The team enjoyed several firsts this season in the while playing in one of the most competitive conferences in the nation. The Bears finished fifth in the Big 12 with a 13-7 record.

With a 25-8 overall record, Hosfeld led the team to a school winning percentage that overshot the .634 (26-15) in 1993. But Margo Shirley, a junior middle blocker, said the NCAA tournament appearance is the biggest opportunity for the team.

Baylor finished the season with two home matches against the

University of Oklahoma and the No.18 Kansas State Wildcats during the Thanksgiving break. Seniors Kia Young and Elisha Polk led the team to victories over both opponents after Baylor lost to the Big 12 champion Nebraska Cornhuskers in straight games.

'It was a good way for us to end the season, with two good wins,' junior outside hitter Dana Atkinson said. 'It fires us up to get respect not just for volleyball, but the whole school.'

Baylor polished off the 20-8 Wildcats in four games last Saturday 15-5, 15-13, 7-15, 15-12. Young led the team with 29 kills and 16 digs. The Friday before that, the Bears polished off the 8-22 Sooners in three straight games 15-8, 15-4, 15-11.