VB Treks North To Diet Coke Classic

Sept. 2, 2010

Baylor (3-1) at Diet Coke Minnesota Classic
Sept. 3-4  | Minneapolis, Minn. | Sports Pavilion (5,700)

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GAME CENTER: Matches 5-6-7
Date: Sept. 3-4, 2010
Location: Minneapolis, Minn.
Sports Pavilion (5,700)
Internet Audio: www.BaylorBears.com
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Todd Zeidler (pxp)
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- Baylor finished second in the Holiday Inn and Suites Baylor Classic going 2-1 with wins over Stephen F. Austin and Butler, with its lone loss coming in five sets against SMU. The Bears then traveled to UTSA on Wednesday, recording a 3-0 sweep of the Roadrunners and marking Baylor's third consecutive road win dating back to Nov. 25, 2009.

- Libero Caitlyn Trice was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts in Baylor's three weekend matches. The senior earned Baylor Classic Defensive MVP honors and leads the league with 100 digs and 6.67 digs per set. Trice's teammate Elizabeth Graham leads the Big 12 in blocks (31) and block per set (2.07). Baylor leads the league in both categories.

- With a win in its first match of the season, Baylor is now 6-1 under head coach Jim Barnes in season openers. In the Barnes era, Baylor dropped the opener his first season, but has won the first match each of the last six years. During his tenure at Baylor, Barnes has compiled an astonishing non-conference record of 62-14 (.816).

- Baylor's features a dynamically tall front line with 6-foot-3 Briana Tolbert and three 6-2 players, Elizabeth Graham, Ashley Byrd and Torri Campbell. Graham leads the Big 12 with 31 blocks (2.07 bps), while Tolbert is second with 19 blocks and fifth at 1.27 per set. All-told BU averages 3.00 per set for a total of 45.0 in just four matches.

- Against UTSA on Wednesday night, Torri Campbell accomplished one of the rarer feats in program history, serving four consecutive service aces at the beginning of the third set.

- The No. 8 Golden Gophers, a 2009 NCAA Final Four team, opened the season with a 3-0 weekend, hosting the Golden Gopher Invitational, UM recorded a .410 hitting percentage in sweeps over Denver, Stony Brook, and Marquette. The Gophers feature for players that hit over .400 with at least 2.75 kills per set in the opening weekend. Tabi Love averaged 4.57 kps, while Ashley Wittman averaged 4.22. Stephanie Nucci quarterbacks the offense average 14.33 assists per set. On defense, Wittman averaged 2.89 digs per set and Lauren Gibbemeyer tallied 2.12 bps.

- Dayton opened the season as the host of the Flyer Classic. The Flyers swept Pitt and VCU, and also beat Arizona State in four sets. Four Dayton players record between 20 and 28 kills, led by Amanda Cowdrey's 28 in the first three matches. Jessica Yanz quarterbacked the offense to a .302 hitting percentage with 9.6 assists per set. Defensively, libero Paige Vargas recorded 38 digs for an average of 3.8 digs per set, while Lindsay Fletemier had 18 blocks for an average of 1.8 blocks per set.

- UNI, ranked 22nd in the NCAA, return a host of veterans from an NCAA Tournament team. The Panthers have a balanced offense, producing six players that recorded between 15 and 30 kills in the first three matches. Dynamic setter Bre Payton is tied for the team lead in kills, while also averaging 8.91 assist per set. On defense, MVC libero of the year from 2009, Ellie Blankenship averages 3.45 digs per set and MB Krista DeGeest leads the squad in blocking at 1.27 bps.



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