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Lady netters bring home SMU Invitational title

Sept. 17, 1996

Jeff Andresen/ The Lariat

Baylor Volleyball players are back at practice after this weekend's success at the SMU Invitational. The Bears will take a 9-2 record into this weekend's match with nationally-ranked volleyball powerhouse, Penn. State.

By Michelle Ward

Lariat Sports Staff

The Lady Bears battled through an opening round loss against Southwest Texas State to capture two consecutive wins and the tournament title at the SMU Invitational this past weekend.

'We struggled against Southwest Texas,' head coach Brian Hosfeld said. 'Hopefully, that won't come back to haunt us. Bouncing back and beating, Auburn proved to be a step in the right direction.'

The squad's lone loss of the weekend came to the Bobcats of Southwest Texas State University. In a five game match, Baylor dropped the first game in overtime play 14-16. The Bears came back to capture the second game 15-5, in which they had their best hitting percentage of the match with a .357%.

Their hitting percentage steadily declined throughout the duration of the match as Baylor dropped the third game. Although Baylor's hitting percentage continued to fall, the Bears were still able to win the fourth game 15-13. However, a negative hitting percentage for the Bears in the final game clinched the match for the Bobcats 15-9.

'That whole match we were kind of unorganized,' Sarah Sivertson, a Richardson sophomore, said. 'We sunk down to their level of play and lost our tempo.'

The second day of matches brought a new perspective for the Bears.

'On the second day before the first match, we had a team meeting and set some goals for the team,' Sivertson said.

The debut match for the Bears on the second day of tournament play had them facing Auburn University. Although the second match also consisted of five games, the Bears were able to capture their first win of the tournament.

The Bears dropped their first game against Auburn 6-15, with a .135 hitting percentage. The second game saw the Bears drastically improving their hitting percentage to .364 and capturing the win.

The Bears contained their momentum to win the third game, but Baylor dropped the fourth match 15-17. The last match proved to give both squads a chance at victory as each team had a match point. However, Baylor was able to gain the win in overtime play 16-14.

'Everybody just pulled together to get the win against Auburn,' Crystal Schweihs, a Manchaca junior, said.

In their final match, the Bears faced tournament host, SMU. The Bears took the first game in overtime play 16-14. That would be the closest SMU would come to beating the Bears as Baylor took the next two games 15-4 and 15-8. With the sweep of SMU, Baylor gained their second tournament win on the season.

The Bears will take their 9-2 record to Pennsylvania this weekend where they will face the fifth ranked team in the nation, Penn State.

Baylor will also play William and Mary and Alabama in tournament action.

'We had a pretty dismal showing against Oral Roberts,' Hosfeld said, which is the Bears only season match play with a nationally ranked team. Baylor has taken some steps to improve their match play including a win over a tough Auburn team, Hosfeld added.

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