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Volleyball sweeps Tech; sits at 11-6 in Big 12

Nov. 19, 1999



The Baylor volleyball team survived a possible letdown against Texas Tech University Wednesday night and can now focus its energies on a match with the No. 12 University of Nebraska Cornhuskers.

The Bears swept Texas Tech to up their record to 22-5 overall and 11-6 in the Big 12 Conference. Tech fell to 16-14 overall and 5-12 in the conference.

Senior outside hitter Elisha Polk stood out for Baylor as she recorded 25 kills and 13 digs on a blistering .432 hitting percentage. Sophomore middle blocker Sunny Nicholas added 14 kills and six digs, while senior outside hitter Kia Young chipped in 12 kills and eight digs on a relatively quiet offensive night for Baylor.

Senior middle blocker Lori Garber had 15 kills for Texas Tech but was the only Red Raider in double digits in that department.

Baylor limited 6-foot-7-inch junior outside hitter Colleen Smith to six kills.

'We played well enough to win,' Baylor head Coach Brian Hosfeld said. 'We had trouble with our movement and defense, but we remained patient and pulled it out.'

Now the Bears set their sights on Saturday's 7 p.m. match with the Cornhuskers (22-5 overall, 14-3 in conference). Nebraska swept the Bears earlier this season in Waco, Baylor's only home loss this season.

Hosfeld said Nebraska was the only Big 12 team Baylor had not defeated at least once this year.

All-American junior outside hitter Nancy Meendering heads the Husker offense. She has 473 kills, 118 blocks and an average of almost five kills per game.

Two setters run Nebraska's offense. Junior Jill McWilliams and freshman Lindsay Wischmeier have 602 and 603 assists, respectively.

As for the venue, the site has been changed to the Bob DeVaney Sports Center, which is usually the home for Nebraska's basketball teams.

The reason for the change is Nebraska is honoring its All-Century volleyball team that night.

'It's going to be fun,' Young said. 'They're a great team. We just want to compete well and not be intimidated by their history.'

Hosfeld estimated as many as 13,000 people will be in attendance as the Huskers try to break their single-match attendance record.