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Lady Bears fall to K State

Nov. 16, 2004

By EMILEE ELLIS, reporter

Baylor's volleyball team fell to No. 20 Kansas State University in a tough five-game loss Saturday night at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

Baylor dropped the match 30-25, 22-30, 21-30, 30-28 and 10-15.

"The girls battled hard tonight, but a loss is a loss," head Coach Jim Barnes said. "We've got to win these kinds of games, and we know we can."

Heather Stark | Lariat staff
Sophomore right-side hitter Nicole LeBlanc and junior outside hitter Kelly Spriggs go up for a block against a Kansas State player in Saturday's game.
Baylor came out aggressive in game one taking a 16-15 lead on a kill by sophomore right-side hitter Nicole LeBlanc.

Their lead increased to 22-15 after five straight hitting errors by Kansas State and consistent serving by freshman libero Kristen Schramek.

Baylor's Lady Bears finished the game strong with a kill by sophomore middle blocker Desiree Guilliard-Young, and a defensive dig by Schramek that resulted in a kill by junior outside hitter Kelly Spriggs.

LeBlanc led the Lady Bears in game one, posting seven kills and a .385 hitting percentage.

Baylor wasn't able to carry the momentum from their win into game two.

Kansas State took a 15-7 lead after back-to-back kills by junior right-side hitter Agata Rezende and senior setter Gabby Guerre.

The Lady Bears weren't able to play catch-up as the Wildcats kept at least a five-point lead for the rest of the game.

Baylor out-blocked Kansas State four to two, but the Wildcats posted a .333 hitting percentage compared to only .132 percent for the Lady Bears.

Kansas State out hit Baylor in game three as well. They posted a .390 hitting percentage, while the Lady Bears earned a .206 percentage.

Aggressive offense by the Wildcats allowed them to take another early lead. At multiple times during the game, they led by as many as 10 points.

Baylor got off to a similar start in game four, allowing Kansas State to take an early 13-7 lead.

Not wanting to allow the Wildcats another easy victory, the Lady Bears fought back with a nice offensive effort.

Junior middle blocker Adeline Meira, junior outside hitter Stella Odion and Spriggs all posted kills to bring the Lady Bears within two, 14-16.

Junior setter Emily Huston tied the game at 22 with two service aces, and with Baylor ahead 29-28, Odion put the game away with a kill.

"The girls really battled, and they didn't think too far ahead or too far behind," Barnes said. "They really focused on every point, and different people stepped up at different times."

According to LeBlanc, the Lady Bears were able to turn game four around by playing with a lot of heart.

In the fifth and final game, Kansas State took a 3-0 lead on two kills and a Baylor serve receive error.

Odion said the key to improving starts with serve receive.

"Once we get a pass, then everything flows," Odion said. "It just fits like a puzzle."

Although Baylor never led during the match, they pulled within two at 9-11.

Kansas State, however, scored three straight points on a blocking error by Baylor and two kills by Rezende.

Sophomore outside hitter Sandy Werner put the game away with a kill.

With the lose, the Lady Bears are 12-16 and 4-13 in the Big 12.

Baylor returns to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ferrell Center as they face the University of Colorado.