Sept. 14, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas -
Baylor dominated defensively, tying a four-game match school record 20.5 blocks and holding Texas Tech to a .071 hitting percentage in a 3-1 (27-30, 33-31, 30-22, 30-20) victory over the Red Raiders in the Big 12 Conference volleyball opener Wednesday night at United Spirit Arena.
Junior outside hitter Nicole LeBlanc (Tampa, Fla.) led the Bears (7-2, 1-0 Big 12) with 15 kills and 15 digs for her fifth double-double of the season, while senior outside hitter Kelly Spriggs (Houston, Texas) had a season-high 14 kills and seven blocks. Senior middle blocker Stella Odion (Houston, Texas), who hit .429, and senior outside hitter Melanie Hamerly (Orange, Texas) each had 11 kills. Odion also tied her career high with 10 blocks for her first double-double of the season, while Hamerly recorded season highs with eight digs and four blocks.
Sophomore libero Kristen Schramek (San Antonio, Texas) led Baylor with 17 digs and senior setter Emily Huston (Santa Rosa, Calif.) added 12 digs, 49 assists and seven blocks.
"I was glad to see the team respond with heart and pride after being so far down in the second game," head coach Jim Barnes said. "People stepped up, especially the seniors, and we started executing once we gained the momentum."
Philister Sang and Amy Charlebois each had 13 kills for the Red Raiders (6-4, 0-1), while Desiree Batista had a match-high 19 digs. Sang also had 11 digs for a double-double.
Baylor jumped out to a 5-1 lead in game one, but Texas Tech scored five straight to tie the game. With the game tied 11-11, the Bears scored five straight, but the Red Raiders answered with a 10-1 run to take a 21-17 lead. Texas Tech led by as much as six at 24-18, but Baylor was able to get back to within one at 28-27 before Tech scored the last two point to take the game, 30-27. The Red Raiders hit .186 for the game, while the Bears hit only .167.
Texas Tech got off to a fast start in game two, taking an 8-6 lead and pushing it to eight at 15-7. The Bears came back and scored six straight to cut the lead to two at 15-13. The Red Raiders answered back and cushioned their lead to six at 24-18, but the Bears fought back and tied the game at 28. The Bears got a huge block from Huston and Modglin to tie the game at 31 and forced a pair of Red Raider errors to tie the match with a 33-31 win. The Bears hit only .075 for the game, but held the Red Raiders to .024 courtesy of 10 blocks.
The momentum carried over after the break as Baylor scored seven straight points to take an early 11-4 lead in game three. Texas Tech scored four straight to cut the lead to three at 22-19, but the Bears scored four straight to take a 28-21 lead before closing out the game, 30-22. The Bears were much more efficient offensively, hitting .306 and holding the Red Raiders to .098.
The Bears scored seven of the first eight points in game four, but the Red Raiders scored five straight to cut the lead to 14-11. Baylor rebounded and pushed the lead to 19-12 and were in control the rest of the way as they closed out the match with a 30-20 decision.
Baylor hit .203 for the match and outblocked Texas Tech, 20.5-10.0. The Bears also outdug the Red Raiders, 73-56.
The Bears continue their road trip at the Fiesta Bowl this weekend in Flagstaff, Ariz. After visiting the Grand Canyon Thursday afternoon, Baylor will open with Gonzaga Friday at 5 p.m. CDT followed by Saturday's matches against UTEP at 2 p.m. CDT and Northern Arizona at 9:30 p.m. CDT.