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Lady Bears look to continue winning streak

Sept. 24, 2003

By Kalin Cogar, reporter

With two back-to-back victories on the road, Baylor's volleyball team will try to keep its winning streak going as they face Kansas State tonight.

Baylor volleyball defeated the Cyclones of Iowa State University Saturday at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa, and held off the Sam Houston State University Bearkats Monday night at Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville.

The Bears had a slow start by losing game one, 30-23. Although they started off slow again in game two, the team gained momentum, scoring five points in a row. The Bears tied the game with an ace by sophomore defensive specialist Marisa Kersten.

Sophomore outside hitter Stella Odion served a pair of aces to win the second game, 30-26.

Baylor went into the third game tied with Iowa State one game to one. Game three was tied nine times, but the Bears pulled ahead with the help of 10 kills between senior outside hitter Tisha Schwartz and freshman outside hitter Andrea Vakulya. Game three ended with a final score of 30-27 in the Bear's favor.

Game four started off strong with an early 12-7 lead by the Bears but quickly was tied by five consecutive points scored by Iowa State. Although the game was tied six more times, the Bears came out on top, ending the fourth game with a 30-26 win. Baylor won the match 3-1.

Monday night marked another victory for the Bears when they defeated Sam Houston, which ended an eight-game losing streak the Bears had in Huntsville. It was the first time the Bears won on Bearkat turf since October 1981.

'We had a different line of play, and we made adjustments,' senior libero Stevie Nicholas said.

Baylor started off behind in game one against the Bearkats. Even with the help of freshman middle blocker Nicole LeBlanc's four kills, the Bears fell short of the Bearkats, losing the first game 30-23. Game two, on the other hand, was taken by the Bears 30-19, evening out the match.

'[In] game three we really played strong,' Schwartz said.

The Bears scored six straight points in game three, giving them an early 12-4 lead. With the help of two aces from sophomore setter Emily Hudson, the Bears went on to take the game 30-15.

Pulling a 30-23 win with the help of three kills by freshman middle blocker Desiree Guilliard-Young, game four marked the final victory of the night for the Bears, putting them three games to one over the Bearkats.

Baylor returned home to host a Big 12 conference game against Kansas State.

'We're going to have to play well across the board,' Nicholas said.

Kansas State is seated No. 10 in the nation and is expected to be tough competition.

'We have all the physical tools to win,' Schwartz said.

Baylor will go up against Kansas State at 7 p.m. today at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

'It's going to be a battle, and it's going to come down to whoever wants it more,' Odion said.