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Tech defeats Baylor in 5-game marathon

Oct. 24, 2000

By AMETHYST HENSLEY

Sports Writer

The Baylor volleyball team dropped a difficult match on Saturday against Texas Tech University at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock. The match stretched out to a five-game marathon with a disappointing ending for the Bears who lost 9-15, 15-11, 15-5, 18-20, 11-15.

'It was a very tough loss,' head Coach Brian Hosfeld said. 'For us to play as well as we did and not see a win was very hard.'

The Bears dropped to 12-8 overall and 5-6 in the Big 12 Conference, while Tech improved to 18-4 and 7-4.

Texas Tech jumped out to a lead in game one and was able to hang on and win it 15-9. Baylor retaliated in game two by gaining a 12-5 lead and fought off the Red Raiders to take it 15-11.

In game three, the Bears rushed out to a commanding 8-1 lead and never looked back on their way to a 15-5 win.

'That third game was the best our team had played all season,' junior middle blocker Sunny Nicholas said. 'It gave us a look at what it's like when everybody's on.'

The fourth game was arguably one of the better displays of volleyball in Big 12 history.

The Bears reached game point status first at 14-13, but the Red Raiders were close behind. Each team had multiple shots at scoring the winning point, but Tech clinched the win 20-18.

'We got a taste of victory in game four, and it was taken away,' Nicholas said. 'I think that made us want it more.'

Despite Baylor's desire for the win, Tech sealed the last game 15-11.

Senior outside hitter Dana Atkinson tallied a career-high of 36 digs during the match, the second-best dig performance in Baylor history. Elisha Polk still holds the school and Big 12 record of 39 digs.

The loss was disappointing for the Bears after taking a four-game match from Tech earlier this year, but they look to remain positive for the rest of the season.

'It hasn't been the easiest ride,' Hosfeld said. 'There have been lots of disappointments, but if we stay positive and see results, we'll still have a shot at the [Big 12] tournament.'