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Baylor Volleyball Keeps Streak Alive, Downs SMU 3-0

Sept. 6, 2000

WACO, Texas - Stevie Nicholas posted her fifth double-digit kill performance in five collegiate matches to lead No. 21 Baylor to a 3-0 victory over Southern Methodist here Wednesday night in women's volleyball action. With the win, the Bears improve to 5-0 on the season, while SMU falls to 3-1.

Baylor took the first game 15-10 despite committing a season game-high 10 attack errors. However, the Bears made only eight errors the rest of the way and took the next two games 15-6 and 15-5, respectively. The three-game victory pushed Baylor's game winning streak to 15, matching the school record the Bears established to open last season.

The Bears held SMU to a .061 attacking percentage, forcing the Mustangs into 28 attack errors. Baylor also out-dug SMU 57-36 and had nine blocks to the Ponies' five. SMU had entered the match hitting .293 as a team. The Mustangs top two hitters, Kelly Klecka and Kristen Peterson, were both held to negative attacking percentages.

"I thought we did a really good job shutting down their outside attack," Baylor head coach Brian Hosfeld said. "We were able to go post to post along the front line defensively and that was key."

Nicholas tallied 12 kills on the night to go along with 11 digs for the second double-double of her young career. Tatiana Kenon added 11 kills and Kirsten Berg had 10. Four Bears reached double digits in digs, led by Dana Atkinson with 13. Dana Chuha, who also had 44 assists, had 11 digs, while Margo Singley came off the bench for a season-high 10. Sunny Nicholas had seven errorless kills in 21 attempts and tied Chuha with a match-high seven blocks.

Klecka was the only Mustang in double-digits for kills with 11, but that was offset by 12 attack errors. She also led SMU with 10 digs. Janna Newsom chipped in with seven kills and a team-high four blocks.

The match drew a crowd of 726, the second-largest home-opener attendance in school history. Only the 1997 home opener against UCLA drew more with 1,163.

"It was good to be at home in front of our fans," Hosfeld said. "That atmosphere was really strong and I felt like our players fed off of that."

Baylor will return to the road this weekend, traveling to Tucson, Ariz., for the Starwoods Plaza Classic hosted by the University of Arizona. The Bears will face Santa Clara at 12 p.m. CDT Friday followed by a 9 p.m. match against No. 14 Arizona. The weekend will conclude Saturday with a 1 p.m. match against New Mexico State. SMU will host Jackson State, North Texas and Stephen F. Austin State this weekend for the Doubletree Hotel Invitational.



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