Oct. 27, 2001
WACO, Texas -
Stevie Nicholas pounded 32 kills and attacked at a .333 percentage to lead Baylor past Texas 27-30, 30-27, 30-22, 17-30, 15-10 here Saturday in women's volleyball action.
With their fourth-consecutive victory, the Bears improve to 15-6 overall and 6-6 in the Big 12 Conference. Meanwhile, Texas falls to 12-8 and 6-6.
After dropping the first game, Baylor stormed back for wins in games two and three. The Bears attacked .419 (23-5-43) in the second game, the 23 kills was the second-highest single-game total of the season for Baylor. In game three, BU's attack dropped to .265, but a stingy defense kept Texas at .064.
Game four belonged to Texas. The Longhorns could do no wrong in game four, swinging at a .559 clip with 20 kills and only one error in 34 swings. In game five, Baylor staked a 6-1 lead and never looked back. The Longhorns closed to within two points a 9-7, but the Bears controlled the game from there en route to the program's second victory over Texas in 48 tries.
"That was a great match, a great team win," Baylor head coach Brian Hosfeld said. "You saw some key people step up in key situations. Texas had an outstanding fourth game, and that was pretty much the way the entire match went with both teams battling it out. But our team showed its maturity in that fifth game."
Laura Daniela led Baylor with 17 digs to go along with 13 kills. Sunny Nicholas also had 13 kills, while Tisha Schwartz had 10 kills, seven digs and hit .316 on the night. Kimmy Scott had 11 digs, and Dana Chuha amassed 68 assists and nine digs.
Baylor will return to action Sunday, hosting Kansas at 5 p.m. The Jayhawks dropped a three-game match at Texas Tech Saturday night.