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Volleyball Plays Host to Texas Tech

Head coach Jim Barnes and the Bears open Big 12 play against Texas Tech.

Head coach Jim Barnes and the Bears open Big 12 play against Texas Tech.

Sept. 16, 2008

WACO, Texas -

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BAYLOR VOLLEYBALL PLAYS HOST TO TEXAS TECH The Baylor volleyball team returns home on Wednesday as the Bears play host to Texas Tech in their Big 12 Conference opener. The Bears are coming off a 1-2 performance last weekend at the Oregon Classic. Baylor enters the meeting with an 8-2 overall record. The Bears matched the best start in program history last Friday afternoon, defeating Eastern Washington 3-1 to move their record to 8-0. Baylor teams also started the season with eighth-straight wins in 2001 and 1989. Baylor lost its first match of the season, a 3-0 decision to UNLV, and then fell 3-0 to No. 12 Oregon in its final two matches at the Oregon Classic. Ashlie Christenson and Taylor Barnes were each named to the Oregon Classic all-tournament team as voted on by the four participating coaches. Texas Tech enters the match at 3-6 on the season, riding a six-match losing streak. The Red Raiders have already played one conference match, losing to Oklahoma 3-2 on Friday in Lubbock. Oklahoma, originally scheduled to play at the Stephen F. Austin Invitational, competed in the Texas Tech Invitational after the approach of Hurricane Ike caused the cancellation of Stephen F. Austin's tournament. Texas Tech played two five-set matches last Friday night, falling to TCU before its match-up against the Sooners. The Red Raiders also lost to New Orleans in the tournament finale. Amanda Dowdy leads Texas Tech with 96 kills, while Brandi Hood has tallied 90 kills on the season. Caroline Witte leads the team with 260 set assists and 13 service aces. Libero Jenn Harrell has recorded 78 digs, while the net defense is led by Dowdy at 0.94 blocks per set. The match, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., will have both video and audio webcasts available at BaylorBears.com.

LAST YEAR AGAINST TEXAS TECH Baylor pounded out 72 kills and hit .383 as a team as the Bears defeated Texas Tech 3-1 (30-17, 28-30, 30-20, 30-22) in the team's first match-up of 2007 at the Ferrell Center. With the win, Baylor ended its five-match home losing streak, dating back to Aug. 31. The previous time the Bears won at home was a 3-0 win over Stephen F. Austin in the first match of the Baylor Invitational. The Bears also tallied a season-best .383 hitting percentage on 72 kills, 15 hitting errors and 149 total attacks. Baylor's previous season-best hitting percentage came in a 3-1 win over Sam Houston State at the SMU/Radisson Invitational as the Bears hit .317 for the match. Katie Sanders led the way for the Bears with a career-high 25 kills. She committed just four hitting errors in 48 total attacks to record a career-high .438 hitting percentage. Ashlie Christenson also had a career night as she tallied 16 kills and one error on 24 swings to hit .625 on the night. Her hitting percentage is the fifth-best in Baylor history for a four-game match, and the best mark since 1994.

LAST TIME OUT Gorana Maricic recorded a match-high 17 kills on .323 hitting to lead No. 12 Oregon to a 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-18) win over Baylor in the final match at the Oregon Classic. Taylor Barnes and Ashlie Christenson were each named to the all-tournament team. Maricic tallied her 17 kills against seven errors in 31 total swings as Oregon hit at a .307 clip for the match. Sonja Newcombe added 13 kills as Oregon moves to 9-1 on the season. Katie Sanders paced the Bears with 10 kills, while Qian Zhang added six kills. Allison King recorded a match-high 13 digs, while Anna Breyfogle chipped in with seven digs. Oregon outblocked Baylor nine to six, marking the first time this season that Baylor failed to record more blocks than its opponent.



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