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A&M upends Bears in close 4-game match

Oct. 10, 2000

By AMETHYST HENSLEY

Sports Writer

Defense was the key to victory in Saturday's volleyball match between Baylor and the No. 23 Texas A&M University. The Aggies proved their skill in that field and took the win 15-12, 15-7,12-15, 17-15 over the Bears at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

The Bears fell to 10-6 on the season and 4-4 in Big 12 conference play, while the Aggies improved to 10-4 and 5-2.

Texas A&M stormed onto the court in game one taking an 11-1 lead over Baylor. The Bears clawed their way back, cutting the lead to two at 14-12.

Although the Bears held the Aggies at game point for 13 plays, they could not capture the win and the game ended in favor of A&M, 15-12.

'We started out too flat,' Baylor head Coach Brian Hosfeld said. 'We didn't come out with the fire we needed, but we fought, and we didn't fold.'

Although Baylor started out with an optimistic 2-0 lead in game two, the Aggies' momentum took over as they rattled off seven unanswered points to take a 7-2 lead. Baylor got no closer than four points the rest of the way as A&M went on to win 15-7.

A determination to win seized the Bears in game three as they flew out to a dominant 12-5 lead. The Aggies, however, came racing back to a threatening tie at 12-12. But the Bears remained strong, and scored the final three points to clinch their only game, 15-12.

Game four tested the defensive strength of each team as side-out followed side-out. A&M's blocking finally shut down the Baylor offense and the Aggies escaped with a 17-15 win.

'Coming to play at Baylor has been our nemesis, and any conference win is tough to get,' A&M head Coach Laurie Corbelli said. 'Defense was the answer for us.'

Both teams set defensive records as Baylor's junior outside hitter Dana Atkinson racked up 25 digs, a team and personal high this season, and A&M set its season high for blocks with 16.