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Volleyball looks for revenge against K-State

Oct. 25, 2000


Sports Writer

The Baylor volleyball team will have a chance to rebound from a tough loss against Texas Tech University when the Bears host Kansas State University at 7:30 tonight in the Ferrell Special Events Center.

The Bears enter the match with a 12-8 overall record and a 5-6 mark in the Big 12 Conference. The Wildcats come to Waco at 14-5 overall and 8-3 in the Big 12.

'We know Kansas State is a very good team,' head Coach Brian Hosfeld said. 'We will have to play well in order to beat them.'

Kansas State defeated Baylor earlier this season in a three-game sweep in Manhattan. The match was part of KSU's 12-match home winning streak, a school record for the Wildcats.

Kansas State added another win to its home record on Saturday against Iowa State University. Junior outside hitter Liz Wegner hit a career-best .654 against the Cyclones, and has outdone her teammates by more than 100 kills during the year.

However, KSU may not have sophomore outside hitter Jenny Pollard tonight, who ranks second in kills for the team. She is injured and did not play in the last match.

The defense remains about even for both teams. Baylor has 16.6 digs per game and 2.3 blocks. Kansas State has 16.1 digs per game and 2.0 blocks.

Despite 22 kills by freshman outside hitter Stevie Nicholas, Kansas State stayed strong offensively with a .257 hitting percentage in the last match-up. Baylor hit .229 but made nine service errors and allowed six KSU service aces.

The Wildcats also racked up points on runs that put the Bears in a deficit that they did not overcome.

'We didn't have a good showing at K-State,' junior middle blocker Sunny Nicholas said. 'We want to redeem ourselves and earn respect.'

Baylor continues to prepare for each match by working on consistency, but the Bears are especially concentrating on placing their hits and overcoming the opponent's block.