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No. 1 Cornhuskers sweep volleyball 3-0

Nov. 17, 2005

by DANIEL YOUNGBLOOD, reporter

Baylor's volleyball team dropped its fifth straight match Wednesday with a 3-0 loss to the No. 1 Nebraska Cornhuskers.

While the Bears played well at times, they had no answer for the nation's top team or its standout sophomore hitter Sarah Pavan, who finished the match with 14 kills and a .667 hitting percentage.

Junior outside hitter Desiree Guilliard-Young said she was happy with the team's effort.

"I felt that that wasn't the best that we've played, but we did come out and fight hard and got some really good, crucial points," Guilliard-Young said.

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Jamie Westmoreland | Lariat staff
Baylor's Emily Huston attempts to block a kill against Nebraska's Jennifer Saleaumua Wednesday evening at the Ferrell Special Events Center. The No. 1 Huskers dominated the Bears with a clean sweep, 3-0.
The Bears forced the Huskers into some mistakes early and took advantage of Nebraska's slow start, rushing out to a quick 7-4 lead. Their lead was short-lived however, as Nebraska started playing like the No. 1 team in the nation and took control of the game. Baylor stayed close for a little while, but the Huskers were just too much. They went on to win the first game comfortably, 30-18.

In the game, the Bears made eight hitting errors, while Nebraska had just two, hitting .472. Head Coach Jim Barnes said playing against Nebraska might have made his team a little tense.

"At first we came out focused. We executed our game plan and did the things we looked to do," Barnes said. "As the match wore on, we got tight and felt we had to play perfect rather than play aggressive."

Nebraska carried its momentum from the first game into game two, sprinting out to a 10-4 lead. Midway through the game, sophomore setter Amanda Modglin was put into the game to replace senior Emily Huston and to spark the faltering Bears.

The Bears gained a little momentum and were able to pull within three at 13-10. But the spark Modglin provided wasn't enough, as the Huskers regained momentum and rolled to another easy win, 30-19.

Barnes said he was pleased with the way Modglin played.

"(Modglin) did a great job," Barnes said. "She's a competitor, and she's always ready to play."

Modglin said she was happy to get her chance.

"I went in and told Coach (Barnes) earlier this week that I was going to put everything out there and that I was a winner," Modglin said. "I was really glad to be able to show him tonight that I was willing to work for it."

The third and final game went much like the first two. The Huskers took the game 30-21. Baylor hurried out to a 5-3 lead, but they couldn't hold the momentum. Nebraska began to pull away, stretch their lead and eventually won the game and match.

The Bears go on the road to take on the University of Oklahoma at 7 p.m. Saturday in Norman, Okla. While the Sooners are currently last in the Big 12, Barnes isn't overlooking them.

"(Oklahoma's) a team we know we can beat, but they're tough at their place," Barnes said.