Volleyball Hosts No. 8 Texas

Nov. 3, 2006

Volleyball Preview: Baylor vs. #8 Texas
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BAYLOR (15-10, 4-9 Big 12) vs. #8 Texas (16-5, 11-3 Big 12)
Saturday, Nov. 4 - 7 p.m.
Ferrell Center - Waco, Texas

Live Video Broadcast

Baylor volleyball returns home looking to keep its winning streak alive against eighth-ranked Texas Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.

The Bears are led by senior right-side hitter Nicole LeBlanc, who averages 3.56 kills and 3.21 digs per game and senior middle blocker Desiree Guilliard-Young, who ranks fifth in the Big 12 conference with a .359 hitting percentage, averages 2.93 kills per game and ranks second in the league with 1.54 blocks per game. Freshman setter Taylor Barnes paces the offense, averaging 11.34 assists, 1.34 kills and 2.17 digs per game, while leading the Big 12 with 0.56 service aces per game. Baylor is led defensively by junior libero Kristen Schramek, who ranks fifth in the conference with 4.26 digs per game.

In it last match, Baylor fought off five game points to rally in game three and cruised in game four to close out Texas A&M, 3-1, Wednesday night in College Station. Redshirt freshman outside hitter Kelsey Smith led the Bears for the first time with a career-high 14 kills, one of five Bears in double figures. LeBlanc added 12 kills and 14 digs, while Guilliard-Young had 12 kills and eight blocks. Schramek registered a match-high 25 digs.

Texas is led by Ashley Engle who ranks 10th in the Big 12 with 3.71 kills per game, Dariam Acevedo, who averages 3.46 kills per game, and Destinee Hooker, who averages 3.44 kills per game. The Longhorns are led defensively by Alyson Jennings, who ranks 10th in the league with 3.45 digs per game.

In their last match, the Longhorns swept Kansas Wednesday night in Austin. Hooker led Texas with 15 kills, while Lauren Paolini, Jennifer Todd and Jen Christian each had 10. Engle led the Longhorns defensively with 13 digs.

In this year's previous meeting Oct. 6 in Austin, Texas slipped past Baylor with a 3-2 decision. Freshman middle blocker Anna Breyfogle led the Bears with a career-high 20 kills, while Guilliard-Young added 17. LeBlanc, who had 13 kills, and Schramek had 18 digs each to lead the Bears defensively. Engle led the Longhorns with 26 kills and added 16 digs, while Hooker had 21 kills and Acevedo chipped in with 20. Jennings recorded a match-high 19 digs.

The Bears return to action in their final non-conference match of the season, hosting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Monday at 7 p.m. at the Ferrell Center. Baylor is on the road for both of its Big 12 matches next week, first facing Kansas State Wednesday, then Texas Tech Saturday.



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