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VB Heads to Gainesville for First Sweet 16

Baylor (24-9) vs. (9) California (20-10)
Dec. 11, 2009 | 2:30 p.m. CT/3:30 p.m. ET
Gainesville, Fla. | Stephen C. O'Connell Center
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Date: Friday, Dec. 11, 2009
Start Time:
2:30 p.m. CT/3:30 p.m. ET
Gainesville, Fla.
Stephen C. O'Connell Center
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Talent: Larry Little (pxp), Todd Zeidler (color)
Fourth meeting, Cal leads 3-0
Last BU Win:
Last UCLA Win: Aug. 26, 2006, 3-0
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com

   In just its third NCAA Tournament appearance, Baylor will be playing in its first-ever Regional Semifinal. With two wins this season, BU now holds a 3-2 record all-time in NCAA Tournament play.
   It is the Bears' first appearance in the tournament since 2001, and the first in the Jim Barnes era. The Bears reached postseason play in 1999 and 2001 under current Texas assistant coach Brian Hosfeld. In 1999, Baylor won its first-ever NCAA Tournament game with a 3-1, first-round win over Temple. The Owls won the first set 15-11, but Baylor came back to win the next three, 16-14, 15-7, 15-12. In the second round, site-host Penn State swept the Bears 15-2, 15-6, 15-10.
   In 2001, Baylor made it back to the tournament, but lost its first-round match against site-host Colorado State 3-1. CSU took the first set 30-21, and Baylor took the second set 30-23 before losing 30-24 in each of the next two sets.

   Senior middle blocker Anna Breyfogle was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year on Monday. The Buda, Texas, native put together another spectacular season at the net, leading the Big 12 in blocking for the second year in a row. Breyfogle averages 1.39 blocks per set and racked up 149 blocks during the regular season, 18 more than any other player in the Big 12. In addition, she is currently on a streak of 91 consecutive matches recording at least one block, dating back to the end of her freshman season in 2006. Over her career, Breyfogle has recorded at least one block in 116 of 118 career matches. This season, Breyfogle broke the Baylor rally-era record for career blocks and became just the second player in program history with more than 1,000 kills and 600 blocks.

   For the second consecutive season, middle blocker Anna Breyfogle and setter Taylor Barnes were named the to the All-Big 12 First Team. Freshman Torri Campbell earned Big 12 All-Freshman Team honors.
   Breyfogle, the league's best blocker with 1.39 blocks per set, also helped pace the Baylor offense during the regular season hitting a team-best .331, while ranking third on the team in kills (264) and kills per set (2.47). The senior was also named the league's Defensive Player of the Year.
   A stat-stuffer, Barnes led the Bears, and ranked sixth in the league, with 10.69 assists per set, while also ranking second in the league in service aces per set with 0.39. She also leads the team in hitting percentage at .331 and ranks third on the team with 2.38 digs per set. This season, Barnes broke the BU and Big 12 record for career service aces, while also breaking the Baylor record for career assists and becoming the first player in program history to top 5,000 for her career.
   Campbell, a freshman who entered Baylor as one of the most highly-touted recruits in program history, helped pace Baylor's offense and defense. During the regular season, Campbell was fourth on the team with 225 kills and third on the team with a .259 hitting percentage. She ranked behind only Breyfogle on the Baylor squad with 0.98 blocks per set. Campbell had 10 or more kills in a match 10 times, while also recording at least one block in all 31 regular season matches.

   Nearing the end of his sixth season at the helm of the Baylor volleyball program, Jim Barnes earned his 100th and 101st wins in Waco. He became just the third head coach in Baylor history to record 100 wins, and sits tied with Tom Sonnichsen (1989-1995) for second all-time on the Baylor wins list. In his 14th season as a head coach overall, he has compiled a 264-188 (.582) record.

   With Saturday's win over No. 9 UCLA, Baylor is now 4-5 overall against ranked opponents this season. The win marked Baylor's first-ever win against a top-10 opponent, resulting in the highest ranked win in program history. Baylor also beat then-No.11 Iowa State in a 3-0 sweep at home on Sept. 23.
   The Bears win over 24th-ranked Purdue in the title game of the Holiday Inn & Suites Baylor Classic was the first over a ranked opponent since a five-set win at the Ferrell Center against 16th-ranked Missouri on Oct. 27, 2006. Baylor had lost 17 consecutive games against ranked opponents coming into the Purdue match.



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