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Volleyball Travels to Missouri on Sunday

Taylor Barnes and the Bears travel to Missouri on Sunday.

Taylor Barnes and the Bears travel to Missouri on Sunday.

Sept. 19, 2008

WACO, Texas -

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BAYLOR VOLLEYBALL TRAVELS TO MISSOURI The Baylor volleyball team hits the road on Sunday as the Bears travel to Missouri in their Big 12 Conference road opener. The Bears are coming off a 3-1 win over Texas Tech on Wednesday night, winning their Big 12 opener for the third time in the last four years. Baylor enters the meeting with an 9-2 overall record. The Bears matched the best start in program history on Sept. 12, 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 1999. Texas Tech enters the match at 5-5 on the season after dropping a 3-1 contest at Oklahoma on Wednesday. Missouri will be playing its first regular season home match as the Tigers traveled to three-straight weekend tournaments, and then began the conference season in Norman, Okla. In contrast, Baylor has already played eight home matches, hosting two weekend tournament, and opening the conference slate at home against Texas Tech. Missouri is led by outside hitter Julianna Klein who has recorded a team-high 133 kills this season. Weiwen Wang ranks second on the squad with 96 kills. Setter Lei Wang leads the team with 358 set assists and 14 service aces. Caitlyn Vann ranks as one of the top liberos in the conference with 194 digs and a 5.11 digs per set average. Vann was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 8. Wang and Amanda Hantouli lead Missouri with 41 total blocks each. The match, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., will have GameTracker and an audio webcast available at BaylorBears.com.

LAST YEAR AT MISSOURI Na Yang totaled 29 kills as Missouri rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Baylor 3-2 (30-21, 25-30, 29-31, 30-22, 15-13) at the Hearnes Center. The loss snapped Baylor's five match winning streak. Missouri totaled 21 total blocks on the night, well above its 2.66 blocks per game average, while Baylor collected just 10.5 blocks. Katie Sanders recorded 23 kills, while Ashlie Christenson and Anna Breyfogle added 16 and 15, respectively. Amanda Modglin also reached double-figures with 11 kills. Taylor Barnes distributed a season-high 61 assists and added 14 digs. Sarah Grace led the defensive charge with 21 digs, while Sanders tallied 19 for her 17th double-double of the season. For the second-straight match, Baylor recorded 11 service aces, matching its season-high also set against Kansas and Sam Houston State.

LAST TIME OUT Anna Breyfogle recorded 14 kills on .500 hitting and added eight total blocks as Baylor defeated Texas Tech, 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 22-25, 25-22) on Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center. With the win, Baylor wins its Big 12 opener for the third time in the last four years. The Bears have now won their last seven matches against Texas Tech, including season sweeps each of the last three years. Breyfogle tied her season-high with 14 kills against only two hitting errors in 24 total attempts. The hitting percentage is her highest this season, improving on her .455 effort at Texas State. She also tallied eight total blocks including three solos. Katie Sanders led the way for Baylor with 16 kills and 11 digs to record her fourth kill-dig double-double of the season. Taylor Barnes collected five kills with no errors on .556 hitting and added 41 set assists. She also recorded a team-high 13 digs and four service aces. The Bears hit .252 for the match, while holding Texas Tech to .147 hitting. Allison King reached double-digit digs for the fifth time this season with 11. The Bears recorded 50 digs compared to 48 for the Red Raiders. Briana Tolbert contributed four total blocks including a solo as the Bears outblocked their opponent for the 10th time in the last 11 matches.



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