April 8, 2011
WACO, Texas - Despite it being the offseason, Baylor's volleyball team has not been without competition, completing two of its four-tournament spring schedule with consistent success.
Baylor opened their spring schedule at the Texas Pride Club Tournament in Houston, Texas, with a 3-1 record in four best-of-three matches. The Bears opened the tournament with a sweep of Rice, getting 10 kills apiece from junior college transfer Alyssa Dibbern and senior-to-be Briana Tolbert. The two combined for just three errors in 41 total attempts.
Baylor also took 2-1 wins over Houston and Tulane. Against Houston, Tolbert had another great match with 13 kills, while libero Jordan Rice piled up 18 digs. In the win over Tulane, Baylor's offense got big kill numbers from Qian Zhang (13), Tolbert (10) and Zoe Adom (9), while also getting 17 more digs from Rice. The Bears only loss on the weekend came against Wichita State, 2-1, with Tolbert and Dibbern each earning seven kills.
"Briana Tolbert had the best tournament of her career, playing our middle blocker position the whole weekend with Torri (Campbell) out with an injury," head coach Jim Barnes said. "Our outsides, Qian and Zoe, are improving with every match and Jordan passed very well at libero to lead our elite defense."
In its second weekend of the spring season, Baylor's volleyball team played two sets against four different teams at the UTA Tournament in Arlington, Texas. The Bears turned in a 7-1 record in its eight sets, sweeping TCU, UTA and North Texas, while splitting with Missouri State.
Tolbert was Baylor's biggest force on offense on the weekend, piling up 41 kills and a .297 hitting percentage. In addition, Adom had 31 kills with a .247 hitting percentage, and Kate Harris set the offense, which hit a team clip of .294. Rice served as Baylor's libero and totaled 50 digs in the tournament.
"I like the way our team is playing this spring, even missing two of our most experienced players in Torri (Campbell) and Allison (King)," Barnes said. "They have been performing at a very high level."
Baylor has two tournaments left on the spring slate, including a tournament at TCU on April 9 and then returning home to the Ferrell Center to host a tournament on April 16.