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Lady Bears slam Iowa State, 3-1

Nov. 9, 2004

By CATHERINE BROWN, sports editor

The Lady Bears ended a six-game Big 12 losing streak Saturday by defeating the Iowa State University Cyclones 3-1.

Baylor came out striking in game one, but Iowa State was never far behind. Baylor's lead was never more than two or three points.

After Baylor went up 24-20 on a ISU sideout, the Lady Bears scored the final six points of the game behind sophomore middle blocker Desiree Guilliard-Young's two kills and two blocks. Baylor hit .419 and held the Cyclones to a mere .029 hitting percentage. The Lady Bears took the game 30-20.

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Sophomore middle blocker Nicole LeBlanc goes up for a kill against Iowa State University's Erine Boeve. The Lady Bears won the match 3-1.
After great offense in the first game, the Lady Bears struggled all around as they lost the game 30-19 and had a -.085 hitting percentage.

"We kind of just got in a rut and couldn't get out of it," Guilliard-Young said.

In game three, the Lady Bears again came out aggressive again going up 14-9 early on. Behind solid hitting, the Lady Bears won the game 30-20. Baylor drastically improved its hitting percentage in game three, posting a .282.

Baylor had five blocks, including solo blocks from Guilliard-Young and junior setter Emily Huston. Young posted seven kills, sophomore middle blocker Nicole LeBlanc had four, and junior outside hitter Stella Odion had three.

In game four, the Lady Bears once again led the entire game including a seven-point lead. When Baylor reached match point at 29-22, the Cyclones went on a six-point run to come within one point. LeBlanc shut down the run and won the match for the Lady Bears with a kill.

LeBlanc lead the team with 18 kills. She also posted three blocks.

"It's awesome to watch her get up there and be aggressive," Guilliard-Young said.

Odion posted 14 kills and Guilliard-Young added 13.

Guilliard-Young said the win was a joint effort.

"We passed really well; we had really good defense, and our wing blockers were setting up the block really well, so that kind of made it easier to get there," she said.

Head Coach Jim Barnes said it was an up-and-down match for the Lady Bears.

"We were trying a couple of new things and I knew that we'd have a couple of lapses, but the ladies hung in there and pulled it out," he said.

The Lady Bears return to action Wednesday against the University of Kansas at 7 p.m. in Lawrence. Baylor upset KU in the first meeting, 3-1, knocking them out of the national rankings.

"They're going to be pumped," LeBlanc said. "They're definitely going to be wanting some revenge."