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Daily Bears Report 9/13

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Safety Orion Stewart was recognized as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week and outside hitter Katie Staiger was named the Big 12 Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week.

SMU v Baylor Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Today’s Event - Women’s Golf

Baylor women’s golf enters the second day at the Dick McGuire Invitational in third place after shooting 6-under-par 282 in Monday’s first round. The tournament is being held at the 6,069-yard, par-73 University of New Mexico Championship Course. From Baylor Bears dot com.

Sophomore Maria Vesga led the way with a 3-under-par 69 to finish the day in a tie for seventh place. Vesga made birdies on Nos. 7, 9 and 15, along with 15 pars. Redshirt sophomore Dylan Kim made four birdies, two bogeys and 12 pars to card a 2-under 70, good for a tie for 10th place. Freshman Fiona Liddell began her round with consecutive bogeys, but she bounced back with birdies on Nos. 2, 8, 9 and 18, along with 11 pars to shoot 1-under 71 and finish the day tied for 17th place after her first collegiate round.

Senior Maggie Beth Byers made par on all 18 holes to finish the day tied for 26th place at even-par 72. Freshman Evelyn Arguelles was 4-over through five holes, but she made four birdies in an eight-hole span to get back to even before finishing tied for 41st place at 2-over 74. Junior USC transfer Amy Lee, who is competing as an individual, made three birdies and five bogeys to finish tie for 41st place at 2-over 74.

Baylor (-6) trails only Oklahoma State (-14) and Colorado (-7). Arizona State (-4) and Northwestern (-1) round out the top five, followed by Iowa State (+2), California (+2), Arizona (+2) and Oklahoma (+2) in a four-way tie for sixth place. Pepperdine (+8) and San Diego State (+8) are tied for 10th place, New Mexico (+11) is in 11th, Denver (+13), UNLV (+13) and Washington State (+13) are tied for 12th place, and UC Davis (+14) is in 16th place.

Volleyball

Baylor volleyball redshirt junior outside hitter Katie Staiger was named the Big 12 Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The Plano, Texas native has been one of the most prolific offensive threats in the country, ending the weekend at second in the country in kills, points, and attacks per set, third in total kills and points, and leading the conference in all of those categories.

In last week’s contests in Florida, Staiger continued to impress, notching 66 kills and five service aces, good for 6.00 kills/set.

In the five-set thriller with No. 13 Florida State, Staiger notched her fourth double-double of the season, tying a career-high with 28 kills and 11 digs, adding a service ace and three blocks.

Facing Little Rock on Saturday, Staiger had her most effective full match of the season, dropping in 22 kills on 42 attacks with just three errors, finishing with a .452 attack percentage, the highest by Staiger in a full match this season.

Soccer

Football

Safety Orion Stewart was recognized as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. From Baylor Bears dot com.

Stewart, a senior, had eight tackles (five solo), two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown to help Baylor defeat SMU, 40-13, Saturday in Waco.

The Waco, Texas, product set a new career-high with the two INTs and upped his career total to eight with a pair of return TDs.

Stewart’s first interception came in the second quarter with SMU looking to build on a 6-3 lead. He slid in front of SMU QB Ben Hicks’ pass into the end zone to end the scoring threat for the Mustangs. In the third quarter, Stewart jumped an SMU out route on the sideline and returned it 33 yards for the touchdown to put BU in front 26-6.

He is the only player in the Big 12 with two interceptions on the season and ranks tied for fourth nationally with the 2 INTs.

Stewart's 33 interception return yards brought his career interception return yardage total to 207, moving him from seventh to fourth on Baylor's career interception return yardage list. He passed Adrian Robinson (177), Derrick Cash (189) and Thomas Everett (194).

Nickel back Travone Blanchard has announced that he has been cleared to return to football play. From Yahoo Sports.

Nickel back Travon Blanchard had knee surgery to repair a damaged meniscus on Aug. 24 and has missed the Bears’ games against Northwestern State and SMU. However, Sunday evening, Blanchard tweeted that he’s been cleared to return to practice.

Blanchard, a junior, had 83 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions in 13 games last season. The Bears haven’t needed him in blowout wins against Northwestern State and SMU and likely won’t need him for this weekend’s game against Rice. However, he should have just enough time to get back into shape for the Big 12 Conference opener against Oklahoma State on Sept. 24.

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Fan Postings

The Week 3 BigXII Bathroom Reader is up and ready. p_frey marvels us once again with satistics, facts, figures and more from around the Big XII.

TNBear posts Charting Every Pass: Air War: SMU.

Well, that wasn’t what any of us had in mind. Despite the 27 point victory and 536 yards of total offense, we at ODB know that the stat lines will only fool the casual AP voters in the upper Midwest. Our Bears have plenty to work on.

BearNTex has posted an interview with Staley Lebby from The James Show. Staley Lebby is the daughter of former Baylor football Head Coach Art Briles and is married to the current assistant football coach Jeff Lebby.

jdaustex has posted a video replay of the Baylor vs. SMU game which he has dubbed over with the radio broadcast from Voice of the Bears John Morris and JJ Joe. JD has done an excellent job of synchronizing the two medias.