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Volleyball wins annual Baylor Classic

Sept. 2, 2003

By Erica DeLeon, reporter

The Baylor volleyball team began their season this weekend by winning the Baylor Classic at the Ferrell Special Events Center. The Lady Bears came out on top for the third year in a row.

Baylor faced the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Houston on Friday.

In their first game of the season, the Lady Bears defeated the UTSA Roadrunners 30-24, 30-16, 30-24.

Stella Odion, a sophomore rightside hitter, had 10 digs and 10 kills, which was her fifth career double-double. Tisha Schwartz, a senior outside hitter, and Nicole LeBlanc, a freshman middle blocker, led the team with 11 kills each.

Their next game pitted Baylor against the University of Houston. The Lady Bears defeated the Cougars in four matches 30-28, 30-23, 27-30, 30-18.

Schwartz had her first double-double of the season, as well as her first career 20-20 night. She had a team-high 23 kills and a career-best 20 digs.

Saturday, however, the team faced some rough games. The Lady Bears started out facing the University of Wyoming. In game one of the match, the Lady Bears had a low cumulative hitting average of .108 compared to Wyoming's .344 hitting average.

Baylor and Wyoming split games 30-20, 22-30, 30-24, 19-30. The two teams went into a fifth deciding game, but Wyoming edged the Lady Bears 15-12.

'We definitely showed our youth in terms of not playing consistent,' head coach Brian Hosfeld said. 'Wyoming played some great defense and kept transitioning the ball at a quick pace...they kept us off balance a little bit.'

LeBlanc agreed that the team was off balance in the match.

'We looked a little out of sync there,' LeBlanc said. 'One of us would get really fired up...we all had our moments. We were up and down.'

Hosfeld said the team wasn't as motivated as Wyoming and felt they could have done better. When playing a fifth game, the scoring only goes to 15; therefore, the game is over more quickly.

'In game five when you're playing to 15, a call here, a call there, one mistake can change the outcome,' Hosfeld said. 'You get to those fifth games and it's really a crap shoot.'

In their second game of the day, Baylor faced the University of Mississippi. The Lady Bears came out as a different team, defeating Ole Miss 3-1.

All-tournament honors went to Schwartz and LeBlanc. This marked the second year in a row Schwartz has received the honor. The team walked away with first place.

'It feels great to see the team play like that and to have other people step up into roles,' Schwartz said. 'It was fun out there.'

The team will compete in the Aston Imua Wahine Challenge in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Thursday.