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Lady netters roll in Invitational

Sept. 10, 1996

Volleyball team moves to 7-1 after successful weekend tournament

By Michelle Ward

Lariat Sports Staff

With a weekend sweep at the Dr Pepper/American Airlines Volleyball Invitational, the lady netters have posted an early season record of 7-1. In two tournaments, the Bears have already matched their last season's total victories with seven.

'I think it's good; it's always good to win,' head coach Brian Hosfeld said. 'We are going to do everything we can to keep it going.'

The freshman/senior duo of Elisha Polk, a Sacramento, Calif. freshman, and Sharon Pratt, a Richardson senior, received various honors from the invitational. Polk and Pratt were both elected to the all-tournament team.

Along with that honor, Polk received the Best Offensive Player award. She delivered 17 kills in the championship game.

'I was excited to receive the award,' Polk said.

Pratt, the team captain, received the final award of the evening on Saturday. She was honored with the Most Valuable Player award for her work at the Dr Pepper/American Airlines Invitational.

'I didn't expect it,' Pratt said. 'I think it was a whole team effort.'

In the two-day tournament, the Bears didn't drop a single game. They set the tone for the tournament in their first match against Northeast Louisiana. Baylor took the first game 15-5 and simply dominated the next two games, winning 15-2 and 15-1.

The win in the Friday evening match didn't come as easily for the Bears as they faced off against Nicholls State. The Thibodaux, La., team wouldn't give up after losing the first two games to the Bears. They took Baylor into overtime play and the Bears won 16-14.

'Baylor is nothing like the teams in our conference,' said Kimberly Ledet, a Nicholls State junior. 'We were happy with the way we played. They were just a really solid hitting team.'

The third match of the tournament would prove to be the most difficult for the Bears. The lady netters faced the McNeese State Cowboys. The Cowboys took the early lead in the first game and did not give it up easily. The Bears fought their way back into the game and tied the score at 8-8.

Baylor then took control of the match, winning the next seven points to conclude the first game.

The second game proved to be even more competitive, with the final score putting the Bears just two points in front of the Cowboys at 15-13.

'We were kind of unorganized,' said Sarah Sivertson, a Richardson sophomore. 'It wasn't working like it had been; we had a lack of communication.'

The lady netters regrouped for the final match, which would decide the champion of the Dr Pepper/American Airlines Invitational. The Bears made easy work of their final opponent, Mississippi State.

They won the first game by the score of 15-6. Then they continued to dominate, winning the next two games 15-3 and 15-5.

'It (the tournament) gave us more opportunities to work on our team,' Hosfeld said. 'It also gave us more confidence in ourselves.'

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