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By Shehan Jeyarajah
Baylor volleyball started off the 2013 Baylor Classic with a straight set loss against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane in front of a home crowd of 835. Baylor lost the sets 16-25, 12-25 and 15-25. Baylor falls to 1-4 on the season, while Tulsa improves to 4-1.
The Bears struggled right from the beginning, hitting .087 in the first set. Things would only get worse as they hit -.029 in the second and .022 in the third to finish with a final hitting percentage of .019. The Bears as a team finished with 23 attack errors, almost doubling Tulsa’s 12.
Sophomore outside hitter Laura Jones led the team with eight kills. Senior outside hitter Zoe Adom finished with seven kills. A game after putting up a masterpiece with 46 assists, sophomore setter Amy Rosenbaum struggled to find a rhythm and finished with 21 assists and three total errors.
For Tulsa, freshman outside hitter Erica Bohannon finished with 12 kills on a .526 hitting percentage. Junior outside hitter Valerie El Houssine accounted for a double-double: 10 kills and 10 digs. Freshman setter Bailey Clampitt and junior setter Genesis Viera combined to finish with 36 assists.
The Bears’ defense struggled early. Baylor finished with 37 total digs and Tulsa tallied 49 digs. Baylor finished with 30 total errors, compared to 17 total errors for Tulsa.
Baylor looks to improve on their performance on Saturday. They play UT-Arlington at 10 a.m. and Mississippi State at 7 p.m. Both matches will be at the Ferrell Center.