Aug. 25, 2011
|MORTAR BOARD PREMIER
Baylor (0-0) | Purdue (0-0) | College of Charleston (0-0) | VCU (0-0)
Aug. 26-27 | West Lafayette, Ind. | Holloway Gymnasium
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GAME CENTER: SEASON OPENER
Date: Aug. 26-27, 2010
Location: West Lafayette, Ind.
Arena: Holloway Gymnasium
Internet Audio: www.BaylorBears.com
Internet Video: n/a
Talent: Todd Zeidler (pxp)
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
No. 13 Purdue (24-11, 12-8 in 2010) - Aug. 26, 6 p.m. CT
All-Time Series: Baylor leads 1-0 (H: 1-0, A: 0-0, N: 0-0)
Last meeting: Baylor won 3-2, Sept. 9, 2005
Ranked 13th in the preseason poll, ninth-year head coach Dave Shondell returns five starters from a team that reached the NCAA Regional Final. The Boilermakers were picked fourth in the Big Ten and had three preseason all-Big Ten selections (SR MB Tiffany Fisher, JR OH Ariel Turner, JR L Carly Cramer).
Coll. of Charleston (29-6, 15-1 in 2010) - Aug. 27, 11 a.m. CT
All-Time Series: CofC leads 1-0 (H: 0-0, A: 0-0, N: 0-1)
Last meeting: CofC won 3-0, Sept. 10, 2005
The Cougars lost just one Southern Conference match during regular season, but missed NCAA Tournament with loss in SoCon Tournament title match. The Cougars were picked to finish second in the SoCon South Division and had two preseaseon all-SoCon selections (SR MB Elyse Chubb and SR OH Sarah Havel).
VCU (13-20, 9-5 in 2010) - Aug. 27, 4 p.m. CT
All-Time Series: Baylor leads 1-0 (H: 0-0, A: 0-0, N: 1-0)
Last meeting: Baylor won 3-1, Sept. 26, 1986
VCU, who finished third in the Colonial in 2010, was picked fourth with one first-place vote in the preseason poll in 2011. The Rams return four starters , but will have to replace two all-CAA performers from 2010. VCU had just one preseason all-CAA honorable mention selection (SO S Ciara Brown).
- Baylor turned in its third consecutive winning season in 2010 with a record of 16-15 overall, along with a third-straight nine-win Big 12 record of 9-11.
- Baylor ranked first in the Big 12 and third in the NCAA with 18.91 digs-per-set. The mark was tops in the nation on three occasions and ranks as the second-best ever at Baylor.
- The Bears will have to replace departed all-conference senior Elizabeth Graham, who led the Bears in hitting percentage, kills, kills-per-set, points, points-per-set, blocks and blocks-per-set.
- With school-record digs-per-set holder Allison King playing outside hitter in 2010, now departed senior Caitlyn Trice reset the Baylor record at 5.28 dps. King will play libero in 2011.
- Junior Torri Campbell is the leading returner on offense and at the net on defense. As a sophomore, she ranked second on the team in hitting percentage, kills and blocks.
- In 2010, the win-loss record directly reflected the Baylor attacking percentage. The Bears were 11-1 when hitting over .250 and 16-1 when out-hitting opponents.
- Despite losing seven letterwinners to graduation, Baylor reloaded with five incoming freshman, a junior college transfer and a former Baylor women's basketball player.
- After supplanting itself in the AVCA rankings much of the 2009 season, the Bears earned votes in just three weeks of the 2010 rankings without cracking the top 25.