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Volleyball Hosts No. 9 Texas On National TV


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Baylor (13-3, 0-1) vs. No. 9 Texas (9-3, 2-0)
Sept. 25, 2012 | 7 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (6,000)
TV: ESPNU

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SERIES VS. TEXAS
UT leads the all-time series 69-2 (H: 2-29, A: 0-35, N: 0-5). The last meeting was a 3-0 Texas win over Baylor, Nov. 16, 2011.

SCOUTING THE LONGHORNS
The Longhorns, winners of three straight, are coming off a 3-0 sweep of Oklahoma on Sept. 22. As of Sept. 18, Texas was second in the nation in blocking (3.2), and UT leads the Big 12 with a .289 hitting percentage.

Sophomore OH Haley Eckerman is seventh nationally in points per set (5.27) and averages 4.5 k/s

STORYLINES
• Baylor (4-0 at home) will be playing its first home match in 21 days and has played just four this season. Over the 23 day-span between home matches, the Bears traveled to five cities, four states and 10,652 miles.
• Baylor has dropped 20 in a row to the Longhorns and is looking for its first win over UT since Oct. 27, 2001.
• Baylor is 1-2 against ranked teams this season.
• Senior Alyssa Dibbern leads the squad and ranks ninth with 3.05 kills/set, ranking ninth in the Big 12. She has 11 double-digit kill matches this season after totaling seven all of 2011.
• Senior setter Kate Harris leads the squad with eight double-doubles.
• Baylor, who likes to spread the ball around, has five players who average at least 2.0 k/s and two of the top three (Laura Jones - 2.61, Thea Munch-Soegaard - 2.37) are freshmen.
• The Bears height this season has been evident, averaging 2.47 blocks/set after averaging 2.0 in 2011. BU has four players averaging over 1.0 b/s.
• Adri Nora was named tournament MVP in back-to-back tournaments (Big Daddy's Invitational and Kathy Trosclair Memorial).
• Baylor's sweep over No. 25 Cal on Aug. 31 was the first over a ranked opponent since a 3-0 home win over No. 11 Iowa State on Sept. 23, 2009.
• Head coach Jim Barnes picked up the 300th win of his career with a 3-1 win over Nevada on Aug. 25.
• The Bears tied a program best by being picked fifth in the 2012 Big 12 Preseason Poll, their highest since a fifth-place nod in the 2009 poll.
• Senior MH Torri Campbell was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team.
• Despite losing six letterwinners to graduation, Baylor reloaded with seven incoming freshman, ranking No. 16 in the country according to PrepVolleyball.com.
• The 2011 squad earned BU its fourth-ever bid to the NCAA Championship and second in the last three years.


 

 

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