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Volleyball falls to Huskers, looks to rebound Saturday

Oct. 13, 2000


Sports Writer

The Baylor volleyball team's offensive strengths were shut down against the No. 1-ranked University of Nebraska Wednesday night in Lincoln, Neb., as the Huskers took a three-game sweep, 15-2, 15-2, 15-10.

'Whenever you play a team like that, it shows the little things you need to work on,' freshman middle blocker Tisha Schwartz said.

The Bears' offense could not jumpstart a lead against Nebraska's 6-foot-plus towers.

Outside hitter Stevie Nicholas, who entered the match averaging nearly six kills per game, was held to five kills for the entire match and a negative hitting percentage. Her sister, middle blocker Sunny Nicholas, kept Baylor's offense alive with 11 kills.

Defensively, Nebraska held Baylor's team hitting percentage to .052 and out- blocked the Bears 12-2.

In games one and two, Nebraska maintained control and a balanced attack to quickly take down the Bears. Nebraska setter Greichaly Cepero dumped the ball numerous times to throw off Baylor's defense. The ploy worked, and Cepero amassed 11 kills during the match. Nebraska took both games 15-2.

Baylor mounted its only serious challenge in game three against a mix of Nebraska starters and reserves. After falling behind 8-2, the Bears rallied to score eight of the next 11 points and cut the Husker lead to 11-10. Nebraska called a time out and scored the next four points to close the match.

'They have a lot of physical ability above the net, and we didn't handle that very well in the first two games,' Baylor head Coach Brian Hosfeld said. 'But we adjusted in the third. I'm proud of our kids for challenging Nebraska in that third game.'

Nebraska started game three by using some backup players, but had to replace them with starters after Baylor began to pose a threat.

'We were coming together and playing well,' Schwartz said. '[The substitutions] showed us we were doing things right.'

The loss drops Baylor to 10-7 overall and 4-5 in Big 12 Conference play. The Huskers, however, extend their national best-winning streak to 16-0 overall and 8-0 in the Big 12.

'It's a discipline to play at that level,' Hosfeld said. 'I wish we could play a team like Nebraska every week for the experience.'

Baylor will get another shot at a Big 12 team at 7 p.m. this Saturday in the Ferrell Special Events Center.

The Iowa State University Cyclones come to Waco with a less than perfect 2-13 record overall and 0-8 in the Big 12.

This will be the 11th meeting between Baylor and Iowa State with the Bears leading the all-time series 7-3. Since Baylor's entrance into the Big 12, the Bears are 7-1 against Iowa State and have won the last four matches.

'We're going to create some momentum going into the weekend,' Hosfeld said. 'We now have a clear picture of Big 12 play, and that should help our practice focus.'