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BU takes second in Penn St. Classicc

Sept. 24, 1996

BU takes second in Penn St. Classic

By Michelle Ward

Lariat Sports Staff

The Bears traveled to College Station, Penn. this past weekend to participate in their final non-conference tournament of the season this past weekend. Although the Bears suffered a loss in their debut match at the Penn State Classic, they were victorious in their final two matches of the tournament.

Their 2-1 record at the invitational gave the Bears a second-place finish in the tournament, behind 4th ranked Penn State. The Penn State squad handed Baylor its only loss of the tournament with a three-game sweep. The first two games Penn State won 15-5 and 15-5. However, in the third game, Baylor came close to toppling one of the nation's best teams. Penn State's margin of victory was only four points as they beat the Bears 15-11.

'We were in a position to win game three,' head coach Brian Hosfeld said.

A letdown in ball control was the primary reason the Bears were not able to capture the third game.

The next match for the Bears came against a struggling Alabama team. The Bears were able to sweep the Crimson Tide 15-10, 15-12, and 15-13. Although the Bears swept the Alabama squad, passing and hitting problems plagued Baylor through out the match, said Kia Young, a Houston freshman.

'We need to work on passing,' Young said. 'We mentally broke down, and they capitalized on our mistakes.'

William and Mary was the Bears' final opponent in the Penn State Classic.

Baylor once again swept their opponent for their second straight victory on Saturday. Although William and Mary played the Bears competitively in the first game, Baylor dominated the second and third games winning 15-7 and 15-2.

'It probably was our best match,' said Leslie Counseller, a Humble sophomore.

The next action for the Bears will be this weekend at home as they begin conference play.

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