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VB Opens NCAA Against No. 22 Michigan

Baylor (18-14) vs. No. 22 Michigan (20-12)
Dec. 2, 2011 | 4:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. CT
Stanford, Calif. | Maples Pavilion (7,223)
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Date: Dec. 2, 2011
Time: 4:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. CT
Location: Stanford, Calif.
Arena: Maples Pavilion (7,223)
Internet video: Watch (free)
Internet Audio: Listen (Todd Zeidler - pxp)
Live Stats: Gametracker
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Michigan Wolverines (20-12)
All-Time Series:
Never met

Michigan finished the season eighth in the Big Ten, earning three top-25 victories on the season (No. 16 Minnesota, No. 23 Dayton and No. 24 Florida State). UM has five players that average at least 2.0 kills/set, led by OH Alex Hunt's 3.23 mark. MB Courtney Fletcher leads with a .330 clip, while S Lexi Dannemiller averages 11.62 assists/set. On defense, Sloane Donhoff averages 4.53 digs/set.

Stanford Cardinal (21-7)
All-Time Series:
Never met

Stanford, the No. 11 overall seed in the NCAAs, finished the season tied for fourth in the Pac-12 and has now earned a bid in all 31 years of the NCAA VB Championship. OH Rachel Williams leads with 4.32 kills/set, while MB Carly Wopat hits a team-best .393 with 3.22 kills/set. On defense, five players average at least 2.0 digs/set and Wopat averages 1.59 blocks/set, third best in the nation.

Sacred Heart Pioneers (27-7)
All-Time Series:
Never met

The Northeast Conference champion Pioneers enter on a nine-match win streak with a record of 27-7. SHU earned its second consecutive NEC crown and NCAA bid. OH Kimmee Roleder leads the offense with 3.94 kills/set, while MB Elise Sage leads with a .345 hitting percentage. On defense, L Jessica Colberg averages 4.14 digs/set and MB Joanna Ovsenek leads with 0.67 blocks/set.


  • Baylor finished the season 18-14 and 5-11 in the Big 12 to finish seventh. The Bears earned their fourth-ever bid (1999, `01, `09) and second in the last three seasons.
  • Baylor's tournament road ahead parallels its route in 2009, when the Bears traveled to California (UCLA) in the opening rounds as part of the Gainesville, Fla., Regional.
  • This week, MB Briana Tolbert was named to the All-Big 12 First Team , notching team-leading career highs in kills (341), kills/set (2.80), and hitting percentage (.341, 3rd best in league).
  • SR L Allison King broke Baylor records for career digs (2,081) and digs in a season (624), while also moving into second on the Big 12 all-time digs list. King has 31 matches with 10-plus digs.
  • Baylor eclipsed the 2,000-dig mark for just the seventh time in program history and currently have the fifth-highest program total ever with 2,117.
  • Head coach Jim Barnes earned his BU-record 130th win on Oct. 5 in a sweep over Texas Tech. Currently, he sits just two wins away from 300 with a career mark of 298-217.
  • With its final home game of the season, Baylor set a program attendance record for second time in three seasons at 879 per match, and totaled more than 11,000 for the third straight year.
  • Baylor closed the non-conference portion of the regular season at Texas State to improve to 13-3 outside of the Big 12. Baylor won the Baylor Classic and UNLV Classic titles.



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