Oct. 16, 2004
WACO, Texas -
Baylor junior outside hitter Stella Odion (Houston, Texas) recorded her fifth double-double of the season, leading the Bears with 15 kills and adding 11 digs in a 3-0 (30-20, 30-25, 30-25) sweep of Northwestern State in non-conference volleyball action Saturday at the Ferrell Center.
Junior outside hitter Kelly Spriggs (Houston, Texas) posted double-digit kills for the fifth straight time as she hit .300 with 13 kills. Sophomore right-side hitter Nicole LeBlanc (Tampa, Fla.) and sophomore middle blocker Desiree Guilliard-Young (Berkeley, Calif.) added six kills each, while freshman libero Kristen Schramek led the Bears (10-9) defensively with 16 digs, the ninth straight match she has registered double figures.
Head coach Jim Barnes also took the opportunity to rest his starters as freshmen Amanda Modglin (Houston, Texas), Heather Marcus (Grand Prairie, Texas) and Karin Peer (Meredith, N.H.) all made it into the match. Marcus played in all three games, making three digs and a service ace. Modglin played in two games, recording three kills, two blocks and two assists. Peer made it into a match for the first time this season after recovering from a sprained ankle.
"It was extremely important, especially in this building, to come back and play tough, hard-nosed volleyball (after Wednesday's loss to Texas Tech)," Barnes said. "There were some things we needed to improve on and we worked on some plays we can use in the second half of the season. We just need to get out all of the kinks."
Baylor raced to an 11-3 lead in the first game and held NSU (9-11) at bay the rest of the way. The Lady Demons cut the lead to six on a few occasions, but were never able to mount a real threat as the Bears hit .244 for the game and held NSU to .143 to take game one, 30-20.
With Guilliard-Young on the bench, NSU took the fight to the Bears as they led 17-14, but junior setter Emily Huston (Santa Rosa, Calif.) dumped a ball for a kill, then set up Odion on three-straight points as Baylor took an 18-17 lead. The Lady Demons took their last lead at 21-20, before the Bears scored three in a row to go up 23-21. Baylor hit .279 for the game compared to .167 for NSU in a 30-25 decision.
After the break, NSU scored the first four points of the game, but a 6-0 run put Baylor up 7-6. A four-point run pushed the Bears' lead to 18-10, but NSU kept clawing away and trailed 26-20. The Lady Demons scored five straight to cut the lead to one, but the Bears scored the last four points of the match to win, 30-25.
Whitney King led NSU with 10 kills, while Megan Jordan lead the Lady Demons with 13 digs.
The Bears return to action when they wrap up the first half of Big 12 Conference play on the road against No. 16 Kansas State Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Ahearn Fieldhouse in Manhattan, Kan.