Sept. 20, 2006
WACO, Texas -
Baylor senior middle blocker Desiree Guilliard-Young (Berkeley, Calif.) took over down the stretch, recording two kills and three blocks in the Bears' final five points, as they held on for a 3-2 (28-30, 30-23, 30-27, 17-30, 15-13) victory over Texas Tech Wednesday night in Big 12 volleyball action. Guilliard-Young posted 17 kills and nine blocks on the night.
"We really were not focusing on winning or losing - we really just tried to focus more on winning each point and the match would take care of its self," Guilliard-Young said. "Game five really put our focus to the test - we did not have time to dwell. We had to just let things go and get our composure back. Luckily we were able to do that."
Senior outside hitter Nicole LeBlanc (Tampa, Fla.) led Baylor (13-2, 2-1 Big 12) with 18 kills and added 12 digs for her team-leading ninth double-double of the season. Senior middle blocker Adeline Meira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) came off the bench to spark the Bears in game two and finished with nine kills. Freshman setter Taylor Barnes (Arlington, Texas) narrowly missed her second straight triple-double at home, with nine kills, 10 digs, 55 assists, five blocks and two service aces.
Junior libero Kristen Schramek (San Antonio, Texas) led the Bears with 23 digs, breaking into the top 10 all-time at Baylor, and a career-high five aces. Senior outside hitter Deja Sweeney (Sacramento, Calif.) added nine digs, and sophomore defensive specialist Amanda Renz (The Woodlands, Texas) had seven.
Philister Sang had a match-high 28 kills and added 11 digs for Texas Tech (7-5, 0-3), while Kiley Lyons had 10 kills and 21 digs. Amanda Hiller added 13 digs, while Lindsey Louis had 10.
In game five, Texas Tech took an 11-9 lead, but freshman Katie Sanders (Katy, Texas) recorded a kill and teamed up with Guilliard-Young for a block to tie the game at 11-11. After a sideout by the Red Raiders put them back up 12-11, Guilliard-Young came up with back-to-back kills and teamed with redshirt freshman Kelsey Smith (Lubbock, Texas) and Barnes for a block to get the Bears to match point at 14-12. After a service error got Texas Tech back to within one, Guilliard-Young put the match away on a perfect set from Barnes.
Texas Tech outhit Baylor, .223-.218, and outdug them, 77-66. The Bears outblocked the Red Raiders, 14.5-11.0, and outaced them, 8-7.
"Tonight's game was like going to the dentist," head coach Jim Barnes said. "We definitely weren't firing on all cylinders. That being said, I am extremely proud of the girls, but now it is time to go back to work."
The Bears are idle Saturday, but will return to action Wednesday, Sept. 27, against Missouri at 6:30 p.m. at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo. The live audio broadcast begins at 6:15 p.m.