Sept. 10, 2004
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Baylor sophomore right-side hitter Nicole LeBlanc (Tampa, Fla.) and sophomore middle blocker Desiree Guilliard-Young (Berkeley, Calif.) dominated offensively as the Bears cruised by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 3-0 (30-22, 30-19, 30-19), Friday at the Sam Houston State Tournament.
LeBlanc hit .600 with 13 killsand seven digs, while Guilliard-Young hit .524 with 13 kills and four blocks. Junior middle blocker Adeline Meira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) had eight blocks to lead the Bears (4-3) to 14 as a team. Junior setter Emily Huston had 37 assists, seven digs, seven blocks and five service aces. LeBlanc, junior defensive specialist Maggie Chlebana (Calgary, Alberta) and freshman libero Kristen Schramek (San Antonio, Texas) each matched Huston with a team-high seven digs.
TAMU-CC (4-2) never trailed by more than two for most of game one and trailed only 20-19 before Baylor scored five points in a row to take control of the game and eventually close it out, 30-22. The Bears hit .375 in the game, while holding the Islanders to .097.
Baylor fell behind early in game two at 8-4, but the Bears went on an 11-3 run to take a 15-11 lead. The Islanders hung within five most of the way until the Bears scored the last five points of the game, three courtesy of aces by Huston, to take a two-game advantage, 30-19.
TAMU-CC once again jumped out early in game three to take a 6-8 lead. With Schramek serving, the Bears then scored eight points in a row to go up 14-8 and never looked back. With the Bears up 19-12, LeBlanc served the Bears to four more points to take a 10-point lead and put the game out of reach. Freshman Heather Marcus (Grand Priarie, Texas) saw her first action of the season in the game, recording a dig and serving the Bears to a three-point run.
Ashley McDonald led TAMU-CC with eight kills, while Kaley Fehrenkamp had a match-high 13 digs.
Baylor, riding a three-match winning streak, returns to action when it faces Centenary at 2 p.m. Saturday, followed by a 7 p.m. meeting with host Sam Houston State.