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Volleyball captures win in Colorado

Oct. 6, 2000

Bears come home with 10-5 record

By AMETHYST HENSLEY

Sports Writer

Fresh off their first-ever win in Boulder, Colo., the Baylor volleyball team returns home for a match against the No. 23 Texas A&M University Aggies at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Ferrell Special Events Center.

The Bears improved their record to 10-5 overall and 4-3 in the Big 12 conference after sweeping the University of Colorado Buffaloes on Wednesday 15-11, 17-15, 15-7.

The Boulder match was the 10th meeting between the Bears and the Buffaloes. Colorado still leads the series 8-2, but Baylor won the last two matches, both in three games. The Buffaloes fell to 6-7 and 2-4 after the loss.

In the first two games, Colorado bounded ahead with big leads.

The Bears fell behind 5-0 in the first game and the Buffaloes pushed ahead further to 8-1. However, junior defensive specialist Kimmy Scott served six straight points to dig the Bears out of their deficit and into the lead. The Bears ended the game 15-11.

Colorado jumped ahead again in game two with a 4-0 lead. Baylor rebounded to knot the game 11-11, and after an exciting point-by-point play, Baylor escaped with a 17-15 victory.

Game three quickly wrapped up the match with Baylor leading 13-6. Colorado scored once more before the Bears took the game and the match 15-7.

'We just kept playing, knowing that we could beat them with our game,' junior middle blocker Kirsten Berg said. 'It was a really fun match. We were relaxed, and there were no tense moments.'

Freshman outside hitter Stevie Nicholas came back strong with 22 kills after suffering from bronchitis last week. Junior right-side hitter Tatiana Kenon and Berg also led the Baylor offense with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Freshmen middle blockers Tisha Schwartz and Amy Wallace contributed to Baylor's 11 total team blocks, dominating Colorado's total of four.

'Everyone played well and supported each other. We have had some nagging injuries and sickness, so the teamwork couldn't have come at a better time,' Baylor head Coach Brian Hosfeld said.

After a successful road trip, Baylor prepares for a tough match against the Aggies on Saturday.

'A&M has always been a battle for us, either at home or in College Station. There are usually great rallies and close five-game matches,' Hosfeld said.

Last year, the Bears overcame the then No. 14 Aggies in a close 3-2 match at home in Waco, but A&M beat Baylor later in the season 3-2 in College Station.

The Aggies will come to Baylor after setting a school record for the most consecutive home wins with 25 after they beat the Iowa State Cyclones 3-0.

'We take every match very seriously,' Berg said. 'If we play well, it'll be a fun time.'

Baylor Shock Troop, a spirit organization, will be hosting Noise Night for the BU-A&M volleyball game. The loudest and most spirited organization will get more than $100, a Pizza Hut party and a plaque that will be hung in the Ferrell Center trophy case.

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