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Lady Bears drop Big 12 game against Colorado, 3-0

Nov. 18, 2004

By CATHERINE BROWN, sports editor

It was a night of errors for both teams, but the University of Colorado won the fight as it defeated the Lady Bears in three games, 30-25, 30-22, 30-25.

In game one, the Lady Bears came out striking staying with Colorado, but the Buffaloes quickly went on runs.

The first run came off Colorado serving as Baylor allowed four points, but broke the scoring run off a kill by sophomore middle blocker Nicole LeBlanc.

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Junior outside hitter Kelly Spriggs goes up for a spike Wednesday in the Lady Bears' game against the University of Colorado. Baylor lost in three games.
Baylor tied the game at 10 off a block by LeBlanc, junior outside hitter Kelly Spriggs and junior setter Emily Huston.

But the errors returned as Baylor allowed another off hitting and service errors.

Baylor came within two points again at 12-14 on a kill by Spriggs, but quickly had another hitting error allowing Colorado to go up by four points again.

Baylor again came within one point of the Buffs off a kill by Spriggs set up off a dig by freshman libero Kristen Schramek, but let the game after the point.

Spriggs and junior middle blocker Adeline Meira led the Lady Bears with three kills each. The team finished with 13 kills and 11 errors in game one.

In game two, the teams traded points for the first part of the game, but Colorado began pulling away off more offensive errors by Baylor.

Colorado went up 12-9 and never looked back. The Lady Bears also gave them some help in winning the second game with 10 hitting errors and one service error in the game.

Colorado struck first in game three, but Baylor worked its way back tying the game at four off a kill by junior outside hitter Stella Odion. But more errors and a kill by Colorado allowed the Buffs to take a four-point lead.

Two kills in a row by sophomore middle blocker Desiree Guilliard-Young, a kill by LeBlanc and a Baylor block tied the game again at eight.

The game was back and forth again with Baylor taking the lead for three plays. Two blocks by Colorado and a lift call on Baylor let the Buffs regain the lead, 20-17.

With Colorado up 20-23, Baylor struck back off a kill by Meira and four straight blocks, regaining the lead 25-23.

Baylor would not score again in the game losing 30-25.

Spriggs ended the night with nine kills, while Meira added eight of her own.

Head Coach Jim Barnes said the game is a disappointing loss because they could have won the match.

"We know we could have beaten this team if we had shown up and played like we're capable," he said.

Barnes also said the offense was out of synch and the team couldn't run plays they can "do 90 percent of the time."

Spriggs agreed with Barnes about the offense.

"We were just offensively out of synch tonight," she said. "I don't particularly know why; it's kind of one of those nights when things just aren't going your way."

Meira remained optimistic about the team's improvement.

"We're not going to stop improving because we've been improving a lot in practice," she said. "This night didn't click, but its been clicking a lot in practice. We're going to have results. If we start showing up like we're showing up in practice, it's going to be really good. And we can do that, but for some reason it didn't happen tonight, but it's going to happen."

The Lady Bears play their final home game of the season against the University of Missouri at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ferrell Center.