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Volleyball Set to Begin Spring Practice

Head coach Jim Barnes leads the Lady Bears into their spring season.

Head coach Jim Barnes leads the Lady Bears into their spring season.

March 20, 2007

WACO, Texas -

2007 Volleyball Spring Schedule

The Baylor volleyball team opens its spring season this week as the Lady Bears prepare for three weekend tournaments over the course of six weeks of practice. Baylor begins play at SMU for a tournament on March 31. The Lady Bears then travel to the Texas Tornado Tournament in Houston April 13-14 before returning home to host a tournament on April 28.

"The whole spring semester we have been devoted to hard work in conditioning and strength training," said head coach Jim Barnes. "Our freshmen have taken their fitness to a new level, and all of our players have been breaking personal records thanks to our conditioning program. Our girls are in the best shape of their lives."

The Lady Bears return nine players off a 2006 team that went 18-15 overall, including a 6-14 record and a seventh-place finish in the Big 12 Conference. Of the nine returners, seven have extensive playing experience with at least 30 games played during the 2006 season.

"We are really using the spring to set up for team practices," said Barnes. "Our core players now will be our core players this fall, so we are working on a lot of fundamentals on both offense and defense."

In addition, freshmen Taylor Barnes (Arlington, Texas), Anna Breyfogle (Buda, Texas), and Katie Sanders (Katy, Texas), and junior Kristen Schramek (San Antonio, Texas) each played in over 100 games last season.

"Our freshman class had a big impact last season," said Barnes. "We are now looking to enlarge the roles for Katie (Sanders), Anna (Breyfogle), and Taylor (Barnes). They had to jump right in to playing last fall, so we are working to help them develop into better all-around players."

The Lady Bears made huge improvements during the 2006 season, and look to build on those accomplishments this spring in preparations for the 2007 fall season. Baylor recorded its first winning season since 2001, and was ranked as high as 30th in the country. The Lady Bears recorded the best non-conference record in school history (12-1), and tied for the most wins (18) since 1999, the second most victories since 1993 (26).

Baylor recorded its first sweep in conference play since 2002 with a 3-0 victory over Kansas on Nov. 15. The Lady Bears defeated two ranked opponents, #24 Kansas State and #16 Missouri, and was one of only six teams to win a game against Nebraska.

"We are looking to improve on our communication this spring," said Barnes. "We have a lot of team speed, so we need good communication in order to take advantage of our quickness. We are also focusing on our transition game, using our good defense and our quickness. Our goal is to work hard on fundamentals, so our incoming freshmen can jump right in."



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