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Baylor sweeps Horned Frogs in 3 games

Oct. 18, 2000

By ROB SINCLAIR

Sports Editor

The Baylor volleyball team found its rhythm Tuesday night, sweeping Texas Christian University 15-4, 15-9, 15-4 before 311 fans at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

'This was probably the best ball-control match we've played all year,' Baylor head Coach Brian Hosfeld said.

The Bears improved to 12-7 overall, while TCU fell to 12-10.

Behind a pair of service aces from junior setter Dana Chuha, Baylor jumped out to an early 6-1 lead in game one. The Horned Frogs staged a brief comeback before the Bears moved on to the 15-4 win.

The Bears jumped ahead 6-1 again in game two, but faltered as TCU climbed within two points at 11-9. After a timeout, however, the Baylor sister tandem of Stevie and Sunny Nicholas recorded consecutive kills, and junior right-side hitter Tatiana Kenon went cross court to record the game-winner.

Baylor came out on fire in game three. Freshman middle blocker Tisha Schwartz put down a kill to put the Bears up 5-0 and Baylor continued to a 9-2 advantage. A timeout by the Horned Frogs did not have the desired effect, as Chuha had back-to-back tips for kills. Kenon followed with a block to put the Bears up 11-2, and TCU ended the match with an unforced error.

'I was pretty pleased with our effort,' Hosfeld said. 'Dana [Chuha] was on tonight, and that evens the offense out for us. She sets a different tempo when we're in rhythm.'

Chuha finished with five kills and 45 assists, but was happy to spread the credit.

'The tempo is faster when we're in rhythm, and that gives more splits in the blocks,' she said. 'Our passing was awesome. When the passes are right on the spot, the rhythm is going to happen.'

Freshman outside hitter Stevie Nicholas led Baylor with 19 kills, and had an attacking percentage of .406.

'I tried to go down the line more this match,' she said.

Junior middle blocker Sunny Nicholas recorded 10 kills and a .412 hitting percentage. Kenon and senior outside hitter Dana Atkinson both racked up eight kills, and Atkinson totaled 16 digs. Baylor hit .333 as a team, and did not allow a service ace for the first time all season.

After the match, Hosfeld announced that freshman middle blocker Amy Wallace has withdrawn from school and returned to her home in Paris, Texas.

'She felt she needed to be with her family,' Hosfeld said. 'We wish her well.'