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Bears 'sloppy' in four-game win over Cyclones

Oct. 17, 2000

Baylor not pleased with performance against Iowa State

By AMETHYST HENSLEY

Sports Writer

Despite a less than stellar performance, the Baylor volleyball team obtained a win over Iowa State University Saturday night in the Ferrell Special Events Center 15-6, 15-11, 16-14, 15-7.

Baylor improved to 11-7 overall and an even 5-5 in the Big 12 Conference, while Iowa State dropped to 2-15 and 0-9.

Baylor came to the match after losses to the University of Nebraska and Texas A&M University. And while the Cyclones came in riding a 16-game losing streak an open-and-shut match for Baylor did not progress.

'This was a great match for us,' Iowa State head Coach Linda Grensing said. 'We're a very inexperienced team. Baylor is a very athletic and dynamic team. I think we played with a lot of heart and scrappiness.'

The Bears struggled in game one, but pulled out with a 15-6 victory. In game two, Baylor's botched serves and sloppy teamwork allowed Iowa State a 9-0 lead before the Bears came together to capture a close game 15-11.

But the lax play of the Bears caught up with them in game three.

Iowa State went after every ball, kept some surprising rallies alive and slipped by the Bears for a 16-14 win.

'It was ugly,' outside hitter Dana Atkinson said. 'It was disappointing to lose a game to them. We've got a lot to improve on.'

The Bears redeemed themselves in game four by closing the block and making smart plays.

Freshman middle blocker Tisha Schwartz, who hit .480 and tallied a career high 25 swings, blocked a ball down to score the winning point, 15-7.

'Overall it was a pretty sloppy match,' head Coach Brian Hosfeld said. 'Those are tough matches to play. We're a very system oriented team, and when things get out of rhythm it becomes difficult for us to score easily.'

Junior left-side hitter Tatiana Kenon had the hot hand of the night, and tied her personal season-high with 17 kills and a .400 hitting percentage.

Freshman outside hitter Stevie Nicholas led the Bears with 18 kills, but made 13 errors for a .109 hitting percentage. 'They did a good job of blocking my shots,' Nicholas said. 'I didn't see their blocks very well. I have to learn to adjust and expand my game.

'I'm just glad that everyone else on the team did a great job.'

Baylor will play TCU tonight at 7:30 at the Ferrell Center.