Nov. 17, 2006
Volleyball Preview: Baylor at #1 Nebraska
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BAYLOR (18-12, 6-11 Big 12) at #1 Nebraska (24-1, 16-1 Big 12)
Saturday, Nov. 18 - 2 p.m.
Nebraska Coliseum - Lincoln, Neb.
Live Audio Broadcast: BaylorBears.com
Baylor volleyball has won four of its last six conference matches looks to maintain its winning ways when it travels to face No. 1 Nebraska Saturday at 2 p.m. at Nebraska Coliseum in Lincoln, Neb.
The Bears are led by senior outside hitter Nicole LeBlanc, who is averaging 3.30 kills and 3.06 digs per game, while senior middle blocker Desiree Guilliard-Young ranks second in the Big 12 with 1.56 blocks per game and ranks fifth with a .349 hitting percentage while averaging 2.95 kills per game. Freshman setter Taylor Barnes leads all Big 12 setters with 238.5 points (2.23 per game), averaging 11.42 assists, 1.33 kills, 2.15 digs and 0.71 blocks per game, while leading the conference with 0.53 service aces per game. Junior libero Kristen Schramek leads the Bears defensively, ranking sixth in the league with 4.07 digs per game.
In its last match, Baylor swept Kansas Wednesday night in Waco, the Bears' first sweep of a Big 12 opponent in more than four years. Freshman outside hitter Katie Sanders led the Bears with 13 kills, and Guilliard-Young added 11 kills. Schramek led the team with nine digs.
Nebraska is led by Sarah Pavan, who leads the Big 12 with 5.14 kills per game, and Jordan Larson, who ranks fifth in the league with 4.22 kills per game. Dani Busboom leads the conference with 5.01 digs per game, while Larson ranks 10th with 3.52 per game.
In their last match, the Huskers rebounded from their first loss of the season by sweeping Texas A&M Wednesday night in Lincoln, Neb. Pavan led Nebraska with 23 kills, while Larson added 13 and Dani Mancuso had 10. Both teams hit above .300 and neither team had a player with double figure digs.
Saturday's match marks the 23rd meeting between Baylor and Nebraska with the Cornhuskers winning all 22 previous meetings. In this season's previous meeting on Sept. 30 in Waco, the Bears won game one, but the Huskers stormed back to win the match in four games.
The Bears hit the road for the final time against Colorado Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Boulder, Colo., before returning home for the season finale against No. 14 Oklahoma Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Ferrell Center. It will also be Senior Night, the final match for four Bears - Desiree Guilliard-Young, Nicole LeBlanc, Adeline Meira and Deja Sweeney.