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Oct. 3, 2000

Soccer splits set with UT, A&M

The Baylor soccer team split two games with in-state rivals over the weekend.

On Friday, Baylor lost to the University of Texas by a count of 2-1 in Austin.

Defender Rachel Kacsmaryk notched her first goal of the season in the loss.

Sunday afternoon proved to be friendlier to the Bears, as they upset No. 9 Texas A&M University 2-1 at the Baylor Soccer Field.

Midfielder Gina Castellano showed a flair for the dramatic by waiting until just four minutes remained to score the game-winner. Forward Emily Fukuchi also scored for Baylor, and Baylor improved to 5-5-1 overall and 2-2 in the Big 12.

Next up for the Bears is a weekend trip to Oklahoma where they will play the University of Oklahoma on Friday night and Oklahoma State University Sunday afternoon.

The Baylor volleyball team swept the University of Oklahoma 15-6, 16-14, 15-9 in front of 823 fans Saturday at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

Baylor improved to 9-5 overall and 3-3 in the Big 12 with the win. Oklahoma tumbled to 6-7 and 1-4.

Freshmen Stevie Nicholas and Amy Wallace led the Bears to their first sweep in almost a month.

Nicholas had 17 kills and nine digs, while Wallace contributed 17 kills of her own.

Baylor next plays the University of Nebraska at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Lincoln.

The Baylor cross country teams had strong showings Saturday at the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla.

The Baylor women finished fourth overall in their 16-team, 5,000-meter race. Sophomore Stephanie Bennett and junior Kara Newton tied for ninth individually with a time of 18:27.

On the men's side, sophomore Ferenc Bekesi was 24th overall with a time of 25:35, as Baylor finished seventh overall in the 20-team, 8,000-meter race.

Freshman Matt Chance turned in a time of 26:12 and was Baylor's next-highest finisher.

'We're heading in the right direction,' Chance said. 'These meets are for confidence and racing experience. They tell you where you are and what you need to improve on.'

The teams return to action Oct. 14.