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Bears avenge earlier loss to Wildcats in volleyball

Oct. 26, 2000

By AMETHYST HENSLEY

Sports Writer

The Baylor volleyball team took sweet revenge against Kansas State University Wednesday night in the Ferrell Special Events Center. In five games, the Bears (13-8 overall, 6-6 Big 12) battled to a victory 12-15, 15-9, 14-16, 15-12, and 15-10.

After losing to the Wildcats (14-6 overall, 8-4 in Big 12) in a sweep earlier this season, the Bears made it a point to gain back respect.

'We went through the highs and lows and gave everyone a good perspective of what can happen in volleyball,' head Coach Brian Hosfeld said.

Kansas State slipped by the Bears in game one, but not without a fight. Baylor held the Wildcats at game point for nine plays before K-State finally took the win.

Baylor would not let go of game two, using strong blocks and freshman outside hitter Stevie Nicholas' errorless attacks to snag the win.

A very disappointing game three followed for the Bears. A solid Baylor 14-7 lead did not hinder Kansas State's Liz Wegner from firing off nine straight serves, and the Bears gave up the game.

'We had to go point by point,' Stevie Nicholas said. 'Whether it means passing the perfect ball or attacking as hard as you can, we knew that if we could do that, we could come out and win.'

A mix of frustration and determination fueled the Bears into two straight wins in games four and five.

'We knew that we could beat this team,' senior outside hitter Dana Atkinson said. 'We weren't going to lose another match we could've won.'

Game five was the Bear's first errorless game this season and Baylor's desire to perform at a higher level was evident in all areas.