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Daily Bears Report 10.04.2012

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

If you haven't gone and taken a look at the Baylor Stadium camera, you should. It's terribly exciting to think that the new on-campus stadium will be completed in just a few years, and that through the magic of technology we'll have the chance to watch it grow!

Baylor Lady Bears' Brittney Griner and Alexis Prince were named the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year and the Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year yesterday by the league's head coaches. This is Griner's third consecutive season to be honored with this award. Junior point guard Odyssey Sims was selected to the Preseason All-Big-12 team and senior forward/post Destiny Williams earned an honorable mention.

Baylor's National Champion Equestrian team begins their Big 12 conference schedule Friday with a road trip to Kansas State and Oklahoma State. The Bears start in Kansas with five riders competing and one exhibition, then plan to have six riders compete and one exhibit in Oklahoma.

Baylor Tennis will have a representative in the main draw for the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships after sophomore Ema Burgic won her sixth straight match on Wednesday! Burgic defeated 85th ranked Elizabeth Epstein (Yale) in straight sets yesterday to clinch one of eight main draw spots available from the qualifying draw.

The duo of Marko Krickovic and Robert Verzaal will represent Baylor Men's Tennis in the doubles main draw for the ITA All-American Championships. The pair won both of their matches Wednesday, defeating Stanford's Matt Kandath and John Morrissey 8-4 and North Carolina's Brett Clark and William Parker 8-6. Their next match is today against 24th ranked Dan Cochrane and Andreas Mies of Auburn.

In football news, DC Phil Bennett admits that he needs to be more aggressive on third downs and that the defense needs to improve significantly to take pressure off Nick Florence and the offense. Will Parchman of the Waco Trib agrees and believes that Baylor's #1 priority on this off week should be to shore up the defensive side of the ball. Gee, Will, be careful on that limb.