Sept. 1, 2009
Complete Baylor Notes
BAYLOR (3-0) at TCU (2-1) Sept. 1, 2009 • University Rec Center (Fort Worth, Texas) • 7 p.m. CDT
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SCOUTING THE HORNED FROGS...
• TCU recorded its second consecutive 20-win season in 2008, and third-straight season over .500, going 20-12.
• The Horned Frogs hosted a tournament featuring Arkansas, Grambling State and Loyola Marymount, going 2-1 with a loss to LMU in the tournament championship.
• Head coach Prentice Lewis enters her seventh season at TCU and has compiled a 130-100 (.565) career record, including a 44-58 conference record.
• RS Christy Hudson was named preseason all-MWC, while L/DS Katelyn Blackwood was picked preseason MWC Libero of the Year.
LAST TIME OUT...
LAST TIME AGAINST TCU
Baylor opened the 2009 season with a hot start, sweeping through three matches at the Flo Hyman Invitational, hosted by the University of Houston. The Bears took on Southeastern Louisiana in the first match, getting nine kills from Katie Sanders, 15 digs from Allison King and seven blocks from Anna Breyfogle.
In the second match of the tournament, the Bears swept host Houston, holding the Cougars to a -.030 hitting percentage. Breyfogle was a dual threat, leading the team with 12 kills and 12 blocks, while King added 14 digs and setter Taylor Barnes had 25 assists.
The Bears swept New Orleans in their tournament finale on the strength of a double-double from Katie Sanders with team-highs of 12 kills and 13 digs. Barnes had 35 assists and Breyfogle led the defense again with four blocks.
Taylor Barnes recorded eight kills, 28 assists and 10 digs as Baylor swept TCU 3-0 (25-18, 26-24, 25-22) at the Ferrell Center. Barnes also served up three service aces as the Bears recorded 10 service aces, the most since tallying 16 aces against Prairie View A&M earlier in 2008.
Barnes' eight kills came on an errorless 10 attempts. Her hitting percentage of .800 marked a new career high. Katie Sanders
led all players with 14 kills and no errors on 31 total attempts. Ashlie Christenson
also recorded eight kills, while Allison King
had six kills.
Caitlyn Trice tallied a team-high 12 digs, while King and Barnes both added 10 digs. King recorded 10 or more digs for the 21st-straight match. Baylor outblocked TCU 5-1, with Christenson and Ashley Byrd
leading the way with four blocks apiece.
With a perfect 3-0 record at the Flo Hyman Invitational hosted by the University of Houston, the Bears claimed co-tournament champion honors. Baylor shared the title with the University of Indiana, as the two did not meet.
The Bears and Hoosiers were part of the five-team with each playing three matches against the other three teams (SE La., Houston, New Orleans).
The Bears completed a perfect start to the season, winning all nine sets in three matches at the Flo Hyman Invitational. The streak is the most since Baylor won 13 consecutive sets in the middle of an eight-match winning streak to open the 2008 season.
In ‘08, Baylor closed out the last two sets against Texas State, then swept Weber State, San Diego State, and Texas-San Antonio before the streak was snapped in the third set of a 3-1 victory over Rice.
LIKE A BROKEN RECORD
Anna Breyfogle continued her legacy as one of the best blockers in BU history setting a school record for blocks in a three-set match with 12 against Houston in the Bears second match of the season. The senior recorded one solo and 11 block assists in a three-set sweep of the Cougars.
With 23 total blocks in nine sets over the weekend, Breyfogle, who led the Big 12 in blocks per set in 2008, is averaging 2.56 bps. Comparatively, in 2008, she averaged 1.45.
DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE
Baylor completed a weekend sweep largely in part by its defense. The Bears totaled 28 blocks in just nine sets (3.11 bps) and 142 digs (15.78 dps). Anna Breyfogle led all blockers with 23, while Allison King paced the Bears with 38 digs.
...AND MORE DEFENSE
With spectacular block and dig numbers over the weekend, the Bears held opponents to an .048 hitting percentage (81k-66e-315ta).
After holding Southeastern Louisiana to an .011 percentage in the season opener, the Baylor defense set the bar even higher, holding Houston to a -.030 hitting percentage. That marked the first time Baylor has held a team to a negative hitting percentage since Colorado hit -.088 in a 3-0 Bears win on Oct. 1, 2008.
In Baylor’s final match of the opening weekend, New Orleans hit .138 to bring the Bears’ opponent hitting percentage to a Big 12-leading total of .048.
Anna Breyfogle left her mark in the Big 12 list of individual leaders through the first weekend. The middle blocker is at the top of the total blocks (23) and blocks per set (2.56) list, as well as being tied for the lead with a .444 hitting percentage (29-5-54). Breyfogle also had two of the top three single-match block totals.
As a team, the Bears rank at the top of the conference in opponent hitting percentage, holding their opponents to a .048 hitting percentage in three matches.
BEARS TABBED FIFTH BY COACHES
The Bears were picked fifth in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches’ Poll announced on Aug. 22 by conference officials. Baylor received 63 points, just five behind fourth-place Texas A&M. Texas and Nebraska were picked first and second, respectively, while Iowa State was picked third. Texas received eight first-place votes, while Nebraska tallied three.
OUT OF THE BLOCKS
In the Jim Barnes era, the Bears have become accustomed to starting the season off on the right foot. After losing the season-opener in Barnes’ first season, Baylor has won its first game of the season each of the last five years with a win to open 2009 over Southeastern Louisiana.
In2008, Barnes’ crew ripped off eight consecutive wins to open the season, losing just three sets along the way. That streak included a 13-set winning streaking, starting with the last two sets at Texas State and ending with a third-set loss against Rice.
ALL-BIG 12 PRESEASON TEAM
For the second-straight season, Taylor Barnes and Anna Breyfogle were named to the preseason All-Big 12 team.
Barnes, a senior setter, was named to the preseason team for the third-straight year. In 2008, she parlayed her preseason accolade into All-Big 12 First Team postseason honors, leading the Big 12 in service aces per set. Barnes also earned all-AVCA central region honors and ranked fourth in the Big 12 with 10.32 assists per set.
Breyfogle, a senior middle blocker, earned the preseason honor for the second-straight year. Like Barnes, Breyfogle also earned both All-Big 12 First Team and all-AVCA central region honors in 2008. The Buda, Texas, native led the Big 12 in blocks per set with 1.45, while ranking seventh in the nation in that category.
ADDITIONS AND SUBTRACTIONS
Baylor lost just one letterwinner from its 2008 squad, while adding the three recruits that make up the 14th-ranked class in the nation, accoring to Prepvolleyball.com.
Amarillo’s (Texas) Torri Campbell, ranked 30th in the country, enters Baylor as its second-highest ranked recruit in program history. Zoe Adom, a super-athletic outside hitter from Euless, Texas, and Kiley Sherman, a versatile outside and defensive player from Oswego, Ill., round out the class for the Bears.
ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Baylor received votes in the Preseason AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll released on Tuesday afternoon by American Volleyball Coaches Association officials.
The Bears received five points in the poll, ranking them 44th among all vote getters. Baylor is one of six Big 12 teams receiving votes in the poll, led by preseason Big 12 favorite Texas and Nebraska, ranked second and third. Penn State topped the preseason ranking, receiving 1,487 points and 52 first-place votes.
LOOK! I’M ON TV
Baylor will be part of the five-game telecast schedule for the Big 12 Conference this season when it travels to the University of Texas on Sept. 16. The game will be televised on ESPNU, with a 6 p.m. start time.
The Big 12 telecast schedule includes four games on ESPNU and one game on Fox Sports Net. Nebraska and Texas will each be televised three times, while Texas A&M will be televised twice and Baylor and Oklahoma each once.
Baylor's matchup with Texas will be the Bears conference opener, as well as the last of a four-game set away from the Ferrell Center.
NOT THAT A-TEAM
Baylor junior Ashlie Christenson had a busy offseason after earning a spot on the 24-player U.S. Women's National A2 Program last Spring. Christenson was just the second player in Baylor history, along with Stevie Nicholas in 2002, to be named to the A2 National Team.
The 2009 U.S. Women's National A2 Team included four setters, 10 outside/opposite hitters, six middles and four liberos. The 24 players come from 19 different collegiate programs.
The players, all of whom have remaining collegiate eligibility for 2009, were selected as part of the U.S. Women's National Team Open Tryouts held Feb. 20-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. A record total of 160 athletes competed in the Open Tryout.
LIVE ON THE WEB
Don’t forget to check out live stats on Gametracker on BaylorBears.com. Baylor’s official website will also feature a live radio webcast with veteran play-by-play announcer Larry Little handling the duties for home matches, and Todd Zeidler bringing you the action from the road.