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Volleyball on road to visit long-time nemesis UT

Oct. 27, 2000

By AMETHYST HENSLEY

Sports Writer

The Baylor volleyball team is determined to break its winless record against the University of Texas on Longhorn turf. The Bears head to Austin for tonight's match against the Longhorns at 7 p.m. in Gregory Gymnasium.

The Bears made a breakthrough last year at home when they beat Texas 3-2 for the first time in 46 matches, but the team could not continue winning against their traditional adversary this year, falling in a five-game heartbreaker at home.

'I think the team knew after losing that match [that] they let one get away,' head Coach Brian Hosfeld said. 'We've got a lot of things against us, but I think our team is confident.'

One of the things working against the Bears is fatigue. Baylor will have to muster all its strength for a tough match after taking a win over Kansas State University Wednesday night in five grueling games. The Bears will have had only one day of rest before the Longhorn match-up.

Texas, on the other hand, traveled to Ames, Iowa, on Wednesday and breezed past the Iowa State University Cyclones in three games.

'We could use some rest before the UT game,' Hosfeld said. 'I think we'll be mentally ready, but I don't know about physically.'

Texas has balanced attacking statistics, but Baylor will still have to keep an eye on Kathy Tilson who leads the Texas offense with 3.56 kills per game.

However, UT will have to contend with Baylor powerhouse freshman Stevie Nicholas who leads her teammates by over 200 kills.

Baylor's record (13-8 overall and 6-6 in Big 12 Conference play) is better than Texas' 6-13 overall mark and 5-7 conference record, but the Bears realize that the Longhorns are still a powerful team.

'We need to realize that Texas has gotten better, and they're playing at a higher level,' Hosfeld said.

The dismal series record serves as an obstacle for the Bears to overcome.

'We need to come out and beat them at home for the first time ever,' senior outside hitter Dana Atkinson said. 'It'll be another big step for our team, and we are quite capable of doing that.'