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Volleyball Plays Host to Oklahoma on Wednesday

Head coach Jim Barnes and the Bears play host to Oklahoma on Wednesday night.

Head coach Jim Barnes and the Bears play host to Oklahoma on Wednesday night.

Sept. 23, 2008

WACO, Texas -

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BAYLOR VOLLEYBALL PLAYS HOST TO OKLAHOMA The Baylor volleyball team returns home on Wednesday as the Bears play host to Oklahoma at 7 p.m. in the Ferrell Center. The Bears are coming off a 3-1 win at Missouri on Sunday. Baylor enters the meeting with an 10-2 overall record, following conference wins against Texas Tech and Missouri last week. Baylor won its first two Big 12 matches for the first time since 1997. During the 1997 season, Baylor's second Big 12 win also came at Missouri. The win at Missouri was Baylor's first at the Hearnes Center since 2001, snapping a six-match road losing streak against the Tigers. Anna Breyfogle moved back to her middle blocker position after starting the first 10 matches of the season at right-side hitter. The preseason All-Big 12 selection responded by averaging 3.62 kills per set on .424 hitting for the week. She also added 17 total blocks including six solos. Brittany Ridenour made her first career-start for the Bears against Missouri, playing as the defensive specialist for the right-side hitter rotation. She recorded a career-high 19 digs in the match to lead the Bears. Oklahoma enters the match at 6-5 on the season, and a 2-1 mark in Big 12 play. The Sooners won matches at Texas Tech and at home to Missouri before falling in five sets at Texas A&M on Sunday. The Sooners dropped four of their first five matches before responding with five-straight wins. Oklahoma is led by middle blocker Francie Ekwerekwu who leads the team with 132 kills and a .315 hitting percentage. Lacy Barnes holds a 3.91 digs per set average, while Chrissy Disarro leads the team with 1.34 blocks per set. The match, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., will have both video and audio webcasts available at BaylorBears.com.

LAST TIME AGAINST OKLAHOMA Mariana Blum recorded 18 kills and Francie Ekwerekwu added 17 kills as 22nd-ranked Oklahoma held on for a 3-2 (30-27, 27-30, 30-24, 24-30, 16-14) win at McCasland Field House. The loss marked Baylor's fourth in a row, with all four coming in five games. Baylor (14-14, 6-11 Big 12) played four-straight five-game matches for the first time in program history. The Bears have played three five-game matches in a row on seven different occasions. On none of those occasions did Baylor lose all three matches. Katie Sanders recorded match-highs with 22 kills and a career-high 28 digs. Ashlie Christenson added 14 kills, while Breyfogle tallied 13 kills.

LAST TIME OUT Katie Sanders tallied 20 kills and 15 digs as Baylor defeated Missouri 3-1 (25-22, 25-23, 23-25, 25-22) on Sunday afternoon at the Hearnes Center. With the win, Baylor improves to 10-2 overall, 2-0 in Big 12 action, as the Bears move to 2-0 in the conference for the first time since 1997. Baylor also snapped a six-match losing streak at Missouri. The last time the Bears defeated Missouri at the Hearnes Center came during the 2001 season. Sanders recorded her 20 kills on .269 hitting. She added her 15 digs for her sixth kill-dig double-double of the season. The Bears are 6-0 when Sanders records a double-double this season. She also tallied a service ace and five total blocks including one solo. Anna Breyfogle recorded 15 kills against only two hitting errors for a .371 hitting percentage. She also led the Bears with nine total blocks, including three solos. Taylor Barnes ran the Baylor offense to a .263 hitting percentage as the Bears recorded 64 kills against 19 hitting errors. The junior setter also added eight kills on .538 hitting and served up three service aces. Barnes was second on the team with 16 digs, while adding three total blocks.



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