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BU Volleyball loses to Missouri

Nov. 22, 2004

By CATHERINE BROWN, sports editor

Baylor volleyball finished up its home stand with a loss to the University of Missouri Tigers Saturday night at the Ferrell Center. The Lady Bears lost 30-26, 30-23 and 30-19.

In game one, the Lady Bears came out striking taking the lead, but faltered offensively allowing the Tigers to get back in the game and win the game.

"We played pretty good volleyball tonight, both sides," head Coach Jim Barnes said. "Missouri just plays error-free volleyball. So what that does is we have to play really consistent. Two times during the match, we would break down just enough to give them the lead, and that would be the difference in the game. We play just as good as them, we just can't do it all the way to 30 points."

Baylor finished with 16 kills and six errors for a .233 hitting percentage in game one. Missouri finished with 18 kills and five errors for a .250 hitting percentage in game one.

In game two, Baylor stayed even with Missouri but soon let the Tigers take the lead off hitting errors and a service ace by Mizzou. The Lady Bears fought back coming within three points, but Missouri soon pulled away, winning the game 30-23.

Baylor finished with 17 kills and seven errors for a .256 hitting percentage.

In game three, the Lady Bears again traded points with the Tigers, but lost the game with six attack errors. Baylor and a .133 hitting percentage compared to Mizzou's .394 hitting percentage.

"It wasn't a great year as far as record for this team and you don't see improvement in wins so much, but what you see is the foundation of what is going to build this program into the top of the Big 12," Barnes said. "We need depth on this team, and we need better ball control. We have some great players coming in to help do that."

The Lady Bears finish off the season against the University of Oklahoma at 7 p.m. Saturday in Norman, Okla.