Sept. 8, 2004
WACO, Texas -
Baylor junior middle blocker Adeline Meira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) had 10 blocks as the Bears recorded 15 team blocks and held Texas-Pan American to a .043 attack percentage in a 3-0 (30-20, 30-13, 30-21) sweep of the Lady Broncs in the home opener Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center.
Sophomore right-side hitter Nicole LeBlanc hit .429 for the match and led the Bears (2-3) with 12 kills and added six digs and six blocks. Meira hit .353 with seven kills, while sophomore middle blocker Desiree Guilliard-Young (Berkeley, Calif.) hit .727 with eight errorless kills. Junior outside hitters Stella Odion (Houston, Texas) and Kelly Spriggs (Houston, Texas) each contributed eight kills as Baylor hit .321 for the match.
Freshman defensive specialist Kristen Schramek (San Antonio, Texas) led Baylor with 11 digs, while junior setter Emily Huston (Santa Rosa, Calif.) had 34 assists, eight digs and five service aces. Huston now has 88 service aces to move her into 10th all-time at Baylor.
The Bears took an early advantage in game one courtesy of two aces by LeBlanc to go up 7-3. After a sideout by UTPA, Baylor scored five straightto push the lead to 12-4 and later scored six-straight on Odion's serve to go up 20-12. The Bears led by as many as 11 and closed out the game on back-to-back kills by LeBlanc, 30-20. Baylor hit .237, compared to only -.024 by UTPA.
Baylor played its most complete game of the young season in game two by jumping out to a 14-8 lead. From there, the Bears scored 11 straight points, including four aces by Huston, to go up 25-8. The Bears hit .455 and set a new school rally scoring record by holding the Lady Broncs to only 13 points in the game. The previous record was 14 on three occasions last season.
UTPA put up a fight in game three, taking a 17-16, but Baylor quickly bounced back to lead 20-18. The Bears went on a 7-0 run behind Odion to put the match out of reach at 27-18. Spriggs put away four of the Bears' last six points to close out the match, 30-21.
Heather Bravo and Winker Cruz led the Lady Broncs (3-2) with nine kills each, and Carol Marcengo had a match-high 12 digs.
The Bears won their sixth consecutive home opener, but will return to the road as they will faceTulsa, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Centenary and Sam Houston State Friday and Saturday in the Sam Houston State Tournament at Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum in Huntsville, Texas.