|Missouri 3, Alabama 1
|LSU 3, South Carolina 0
|Tennessee 3, Georgia 2
|Arkansas 3, Ole Miss 1
|Florida 3, Kentucky 2
|Texas A&M 3, Mississippi State 0
Mizzou Rebounds with Win at Alabama
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Mizzou volleyball team rebounded from a tough five-set loss at Tennessee to defeat Alabama, 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-18, 25-16), on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 7) at Foster Auditorium. The Tigers rode the play of All-American Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) as she tallied her sixth double-double of the season with 23 kills on .305 hitting and 16 digs while adding seven blocks, finishing just shy of a triple-double. The win moves the Tigers to 13-5 and 5-3 in SEC play.
“I thought we played pretty well coming off of a tough five-setter Friday night and a long travel day yesterday,” head coach Wayne Kreklow said. “Alabama is a pretty athletic team and we all know how hard it is to win on the road in this league, so I am thrilled with the win and how we responded after losing the second set.”
Sophomore middle Whitney Little (Keller, Texas) was a great compliment to Henning as she finished the match with 14 kills on .448 hitting while adding eight blocks (one solo, seven assists) with five digs. She remains atop the SEC standing in blocks per set this season. Freshman Regan Peltier (Nixa, Mo.) also provided a spark with 12 kills and 11 digs, both career-bests for the frosh. Looking more into the statistics, junior setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) had another great all-around match with 48 assists, 12 digs, three aces and two blocks. Sophomore libero Sarah Meister (San Diego, Calif.) led the team with 24 digs, marking her fifth 20-dig effort of SEC play and second of the weekend. She finished the weekend with 48 digs (5.33 per set).
Mizzou fell behind early in the first set as it looked out of sync, allowing Alabama to run out to a 6-1 lead, forcing a timeout from Wayne Kreklow. Following the stoppage, Henning came out with two big-time kills to draw the Tigers within three. The Tigers continued to cut into the lead and drew within one after back-to-back blocks at 11-10. The Tiger block stayed strong through the middle portions of the set as it forced several attack errors and Mizzou gained its first lead of the frame at 16-15. From that point, Mizzou rode its block and the attacking arm of Henning to a 9-4 run to close the set, 25-19.
Henning led all attackers with seven kills on 13 errorless attacks as she hit .538 in the set. Little was also very good, posting two kills on six errorless swings and she posted three blocks (one solo, two assists) as she continued her torrid blocking pace as of late. Mizzou was aided in the first by 11 attack errors by Alabama in the first.
The Tigers were much sloppier in the second set despite opening up a 4-1 lead in the frame. Mizzou also went on top 11-10, but allowed Bama to score 10 of the next 12 points as the Tide took a 20-13 lead. The Tigers attempted to rally but fell apart late as Bama took the second set, 25-22, after the Tigers fended off five set points. Through two sets, Henning led the Tigers with 13 kills on .367 hitting while Little pitched in five kills on 13 errorless attacks with seven blocks (one solo, six assists).
Coming out of intermission, Mizzou rode the tough service arm of Peltier to open up a 5-1 lead in the third set as Henning and Little continued to supply the bulk of the scoring for Mizzou. The Tigers ran that lead to 14-8 after winning one of the longest rallies of the match with an emphatic kill from Little, but Bama rallied with back-to-back kills to cut into the lead at 14-10. Henning then sent a cut shot wide and Alabama was within three at 14-11. From that point, Mizzou broke the set open and went on to win, 25-18, finishing the set on an 11-7 run. Through three sets, Henning led the way with 18 kills on .298 hitting with 12 digs while posting seven blocks. Little was equally as impressive with 10 kills on .429 hitting with five digs and eight blocks. Pelteir also had 10 points with seven kills, two blocks and two aces through three sets.
The Tigers seemed to steal momentum with the third-set win as they raced to a 7-1 lead in the fourth, forcing a timeout. Mizzou then jumped out to a 10-3 lead but Alabama then rallied, scoring six of the next eight points to cut the Tiger lead to just 12-9, forcing a timeout from Wayne Kreklow. The Tiger passing broke down during that stretch, but it was much better following the timeout as Mizzou scored the next two points to open up a five-point lead at 14-9. Alabama got as close as 18-15, but a huge kill from Little and then back-to-back aces from Little shot the lead back to 21-15. Mizzou closed out the set 25-18 with tough serving as they tallied four aces in the set and finished the match with eight.
LSU Volleyball Sweeps South Carolina
BATON ROUGE – Malorie Pardo handed out 46 assists and sparked the LSU volleyball team to a season’s best .359 team hitting percentage as the Tigers dismissed South Carolina [29-27, 25-23, 25-12] Sunday at the Maravich Center.
LSU (7-10, 3-5 SEC) put its two-match losing skid in the rear view mirror and avenged a five-set loss to South Carolina (13-6, 2-6 SEC) from earlier this season.
“It was key that we had to fight through for this win,” head coach Fran Flory said. “The confidence level that comes from this type of win can certainly be a jumpstart. We decided this was a restart to the season after the Georgia match. We acted like this was the first match of our season and we’re going to see what we can accomplish. We still feel like we have a lot to accomplish in this season.”
Offensively, the trio of Helen Boyle, Desiree Elliott and Madie Jones combined for 44 of LSU’s 53 kills for the match. The 46 helpers for Pardo was a SEC-best during a three-set match in conference play this season.
Jones cranked 15 kills on 29 errorless swings en route a .517 hitting clip, while Elliott fired in 14 spikes on a crisp .407 attacking ratio and added a match-leading six blocks. Boyle tacked on 15 kills and 13 digs to secure her fifth double-double in her last six outings. Cati Leak made the most of her opportunities and powered home five kills on 11 swings for a .455 hitting percentage. She also collected 14 digs.
“I think that we redefined ourselves,” Flory said. “We did a better job during the latter part of this week and figured out how to use our personnel a little better. The balance we had with Cati Leak was a little more efficient even though she had a little less swings. She was involved in the offense which provided open opportunities for our big three of Helen Boyle, Desiree Elliott and Madie Jones.”
LSU’s back row defense racked up 64-46 advantage in digs and had four players garner double figure scoops. Meghan Mannari returned to the libero role and sprawled out for a match-high 18 digs, while Sam Delahoussaye chipped in 13 scoops.
South Carolina was led by Juliette Thévenin’s 18 kills and Taylor Bruns’ 34 assists. Thévenin and Paige Wheeler corralled 12 digs apiece, while Bethanie Thomas popped 10 kills for the Gamecocks.
“I think the two days off on Thursday and Friday really helped us physically and mentally because we were tired,” Mannari said. “We just needed a break. Those two days off gave us a momentum change and a mentality change. It gave us time to gain our intensity back. We wanted to come on the court and restart a whole new season with today’s match. I think we did a good job of doing just that.”
The first set featured 20 ties and 12 lead changes with neither going ahead by more than a two-point margin. South Carolina held the first two set point chances at 24-23 and 25-24. However, the Tigers used kills from Pardo and Jones to draw even. LSU fought off a third set point down 27-26 on Jones’ seventh spike of the stanza. Thévenin followed with a USC hitting error and Boyle delivered the deciding kill to lift LSU to the 29-27 dramatic victory.
South Carolina was poised to even the match at a set apiece. The Gamecocks built a 17-10 advantage after a Bruins kills. However, LSU ripped off 12 of the next 13 points to turn the tables and snatch a 22-18 lead. Elliott powered home four of her seven kills in the set, while Boyle added three kills to ignite the run. Down 23-19, South Carolina pieced together a final flurry with three Thévenin kills coupled with a Pardo ball handling error to knot the tally at 23-23. LSU regrouped and Jones provided back-to-back kills to vault the Tigers to the 25-23 comeback win.
LSU used that momentum and raced out to a 15-5 lead to start the third set. The Tigers never looked back and led wire-to-wire. Boyle powered home three consecutive kills, while Elliott banged home the deciding spike during the 25-12 rout. LSU also converted on 9-of-13 in the sideout department.
LADY VOLS RALLY BEHIND JETER TO BEAT GEORGIA IN FIVE
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Pushed to the brink after dropping the first two sets and playing to a 22-22 tie in the third, the Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team found its rhythm at just the right time and rallied to defeat Georgia in five sets, 24-26, 16-25, 25-22, 25-21, 16-14, on Sunday afternoon at Thompson-Boling Arena.
With the win, Tennessee improves to 11-5 overall and 4-3 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Bulldogs fall to 9-7 and 3-4 in league action. It was just the fifth time of the rally scoring era UT was able to come back from a 2-0 deficit and win. The win also extends the Orange and White’s home winning streak against UGA to 11 consecutive matches.
“Georgia played really well. They were touching and digging everything,” said head coach Rob Patrick. “They had a good game plan for us and they came in ready to play before we were. Our girls are fighters. We have people that are going to work hard out there. We knew it had to be one point at a time. This win says a lot about the character of our young ladies on the court.”
Senior Kayla Jeter led the comeback charge for the Big Orange, recording a career-high 27 kills in the contest, breaking her previous mark of 23 set during her sophomore year in 2009 at Kentucky. The Solon, Ohio, native, who hit. 444 with just three errors on 54 swings, also had 12 digs and a pair of blocks for her first double-double of the season and the third of her career.
“The way Kayla played… she really was a MVP today,” said Patrick. “You can’t have a better team player than a young lady like that who can hit these types of numbers as an outside hitter. She’s incredible. In the beginning of the year, she was playing middle and right side for us. She’ll do whatever she can to the best of her ability. We saw that and knew we needed to get her on the court.”
Sophomore Tiffany Baker posted her second straight double-double with 16 kills and 14 digs to go along with three blocks and two aces. Tennessee setter Mary Pollmiller dished out 54 assists and had 11 digs, marking the first match this season UT had three double-doubles.
Defensively, the Lady Vols were led at the net by seniors DeeDee Harrison and Leslie Cikra. Harrison put down a career-best nine blocks and Cikra added seven. Junior libero Ellen Mullins was the fourth UT player with double-digit digs, as she finished the afternoon with 14. Mullins has scooped 12 or more balls in all seven SEC matches this year.
Georgia used three 3-0 runs and hit .333 in the opening game to win a hard fought set by a 26-24 margin. The Bulldogs had set point at 24-21 and the Lady Vols rallied to tie it up at 24 with kills from Cikra, Shealyn Kolosky and Baker. Tirah Le’au gave the ’Dogs another set point chance with her third kill of the set and a UT ball handling error ended the frame.
UGA continued the efficient attacking in the next game, posting a .306 attacking clip and holding the Lady Vols below .100 as the Bulldogs cruised to a 25-16 victory and a 2-0 lead heading into the break.
The third set went back and forth as neither team was able to establish more than a three point lead. It consisted of 11 ties and two lead changes, but the Lady Vols came up big when they needed to. With the game tied at 22, Baker slammed down a kill and Georgia’s Jasmine Eatmon hit it out, giving UT its first set point chance at 24-22. Baker was there once again, picking up her eighth kill of the match, to seal the 25-22 victory for the Big Orange and cut the match deficit to 2-1.
Jeter took over in the fourth set, putting Tennessee up 2-0 with back to back kills and never looked back. The Lady Vols did not give up the lead in the game as the 5-foot-11 outside hitter put down eight kills, including the set winner, and hit .353 to lead UT to a 25-21 win and force a fifth and final set.
Georgia would not lie down in the final frame, taking an 8-7 lead midway through the fifth. After the squads switched sides, the Lady Vols rallied behind Baker and Jeter to gain control with a 5-1 run. The duo accounted for all five points as Jeter had three kills and Baker had a kill and an ace during the stretch. After a Bulldog timeout, UGA used a 4-2 run of their own to level it at 14, before back to back kills from Baker would end the set, 16-14, and give the Big Orange the comeback win.
Offensive balance carries Arkansas to four-set win
OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Arkansas volleyball team capped its weekend road trip with a four-set win at Ole Miss (22-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-13) Sunday afternoon at the Gillom Sports Center in Oxford, Miss. The Razorbacks had three players with double-digit kills, paced by a match-high 18 kills from Jasmine Norton and a career-high 16 kills from Amanda Anderson. Roslandy Acosta added 14 kills and libero Emily Helm led the defense with a match-high 16 digs.
For the sixth time this season, Norton and Raymariely Santos posted double-double performances in the same match. Norton finished the match with 18 kills and 12 digs, while Santos dished out 52 assists and had 10 digs to complete her 10th double-double of the season. With her third kill of the match Sunday, Norton registered her 1,000th career kill in SEC play
“This is a tough place to play, especially on a Sunday,” head coach Robert Pulliza. “We know Ole Miss is always going to fight and be very physical. I’m proud of the fact that our players got themselves ready to come and do the things they needed to do.”
After trailing throughout the opening stages of the first set and falling behind by as many a three points, the Razorbacks pulled even at 17-17 with an overpass kill from Janeliss Torres-Lopez. Out of an Ole Miss timeout, the home team responded with two straight points to force a timeout out of Arkansas head coach Robert Pulliza. Arkansas came back to take its first lead of the match, 20-19, with a kill down the line from Liz Fortado. However, the Rebels won six of the final nine points of the set to take the opener, 25-22.
Arkansas built an early three-point lead in the second set, but the home team rallied to take control of play and take a 13-10 lead. From that point, however, the set belonged to the Razorbacks. Arkansas won 15 of the last 18 points of the set to clinch the game, 25-16, with a kill on the outside by Acosta. Still looking to get the offense rolling, the Razorback defense played a big part in the outcome, limiting Ole Miss to just six kills and a -.065 hitting percentage in the set.
The Razorbacks went ahead 13-8 in the third set after back-to-back kills in transition from Norton. She totaled eight kills in the set. Ole Miss was forced into its second timeout of the set after a back row kill from Norton put Arkansas ahead, 21-15. The Rebels pulled to within three late but on the team’s second set point, Anderson found the floor to close out the game, 25-21. Anderson and Norton combined for 14 of the Razorbacks 18 kills in the third.
One set from a win, Arkansas jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the fourth set after a kill from Anderson. Later during the early set run, Acosta posted three consecutive kills to give Arkansas a 12-3 lead and force an Ole Miss timeout. The Rebels fought back to pull to within four points but the Razorbacks never allowed them to get closer. Holding a 17-13 advantage, Arkansas rattled off the final eight points of the match, capped by a service ace by Norton.
No. 11 Gator Volleyball Stages Classic Comeback to Defeat Kentucky, 3-2
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The No. 11 University of Florida volleyball team (13-2, 7-0 SEC) completed an epic comeback, rallying from two sets down to defeat SEC East rival Kentucky, 3-2 (22-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-8), on Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats fall to 10-7 on the year and 4-3 in SEC play. The Gators continue their undefeated streak in SEC action (7-0) and are currently on a 10-match winning streak.
"I think the tale of the match was that Kentucky played so well especially early on and we were just having a hard time getting in sync offensively," Florida head coach Mary Wise said. "It took us a while but once we started passing the ball and allowed Taylor Brauneis to get a (quality) ball, then we could start distributing. You have to give Kentucky so much credit. Today, we saw how lethal they can be, especially with their ability to get kills from so many different positions."
"In a night in which we didn't have our best stuff and the opponent was playing so well, we stayed the course," Wise continued. "What most pleases me is that you never saw the look of giving up or defeat on the team. They're grinders and that's who we are."
The comeback marked the third time in four years that Florida rallied from an 0-2 hole to beat an opponent and the second time in program history the Gators have come back from an 0-2 deficit to defeat Kentucky (10/22/86 in Lexington). UF has come back from an 0-2 deficit 16 times in program history, seven of those at home. Sunday's match was third-highest attended home match of the season with 3,008 strong rallying the team to victory.
"It was awesome," Florida junior setter Taylor Brauneis (Crystal Lake, Ill.) said. "We come in (to the press conference) and we're smiling because the fans were in it and we were in it. It was a total team effort and it just feels amazing."
Florida was led by the hard-hitting duo of junior middle blocker Chloe Mann (Gainesville, Fla.) and freshman outside hitter Živa Recek (Kočevje, Slovenia). Mann hit .409 against the 'Cats, registering 11 kills and six blocks, while Recek notched a match-high 19 kills to go along with eight digs. Recek's kill total marks the 10th time this season she has led Florida in kills and is the highest kill output in a five-set match since Mann and Florida All-American Kristy Jaeckel recorded 19 each on the road in the Gators' 3-2 comeback win over Arkansas.
Freshman Gabby Mallette (Orange Park, Fla.) and senior Betsy Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) stuffed six blocks apiece on Sunday, finishing up a stellar defensive weekend for Smith, who tallied 13 blocks on the weekend. Senior Tangerine Wiggs (Seattle, Wash.) had her 10th match of the season hitting above .300 (min. 5 kills), smashing nine kills on .348 hitting and coming on strong for Florida with three kills in the final stanza.
"I think you could see it in the numbers; there was an inspired group on the bench," Wise commented. "Our seniors, Betsy and Tange, as well as Chloe were terrific and they just had that look about them that they weren't going to go down without a fight."
Brauneis dished out 47 assists against UK, narrowly missing a double-double with nine digs. Sophomore libero Taylor Unroe (Muncie, Ind.) scooped 16 digs and fellow sophomores Madison Monserez (Orlando, Fla.) and Holly Pole (Ocala, Fla.) combined for 11 digs on the afternoon.
The Gators jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first set, courtesy of kills by Mann and Recek and a Mann-Wiggs stuff block. A Mallette solo stuff put the Gators ahead, 7-3, but Kentucky went on a 6-0 run behind the serve of Alex Morgan to jump out in front, 9-7. A Mallette cross-court kill briefly stopped the Wildcat run but a quick kill out of the middle by Mann briefly shifted the momentum back towards the Gators. UK regrouped and continued to surge, forcing a UF timeout with the Gators down, 13-10. The Wildcats got out to their largest lead of the set behind the serve of Ashley Frazier with the 'Cats leading 16-10. Two quick kills off the block for Recek inched the Gators within three of the Wildcat lead, 17-14, forcing a UK timeout.
A Mallette kill off-hands out of the Florida timeout kept the Gators' rally alive, down 22-18. Back-to-back Mann-Wiggs stuff blocks forced the 'Cats second timeout of the set, as UF pulled within two, down 22-20. A Mallette-Mann roof put Florida within one of Kentucky at 23-22 and a Wiggs slam out of the middle saved a Wildcat set point. Florida's rally fell short in the end, as Kentucky pulled away with the first set victory, 25-22.
Kentucky kept the momentum heading into the second stanza, pulling ahead 5-2 behind the serve of Lauren O'Conner. The Gators pulled within one of the Wildcats courtesy of back-to-back UK miscues but Kentucky rolled on a 4-0 run to force a Florida timeout, down 8-4. Florida was unable to find a rhythm early, as UK continued to surge, up 12-7. Back-to-back UK errors got the Gators within three, down 12-9. A Wiggs kill briefly paused the UK run but Kentucky went on a 4-0 run to leap ahead 17-10 and force the Gators to burn their second timeout of the set.
The Gators put together a 3-0 rally late in set two to pull within six at 20-14 and force the 'Cats to use their first timeout of the stanza. Kills by Brauneis and redshirt freshman middle blocker Simone Antwi (Fairfax Station, Va.) kept the Gators in the set at 21-17 and back-to-back UK hitting errors put Florida within four, down 22-18. A Mann solo stuff kept the stanza tight, 23-19, but the Wildcats put the set away off a Gator misfire, 25-20.
The opening of the third set featured seven ties and two lead changes, as two kills for Recek kept the Gators out in front early, 3-2. Florida continued to push, pulling ahead 10-7 behind the serve of Recek, forcing a UK timeout. An Antwi solo stuff continued the Florida surge, as the Gators led 11-7. Back-to-back Florida errors allowed Kentucky to pull within one, 12-11. The Gators kept their composure and quickly extended their lead to three, 14-11. A Recek slam through the seam of the Kentucky block forced a second UK timeout with Florida ahead, 17-13.
The Wildcats didn't back down despite the deficit and tied the set at 18-18 behind the serve of Frazier. A kill down the pipe for Recek gave the Gators a 21-20 advantage and a Wiggs slam to the deep corner put Florida ahead, 22-21. Back-to-back overpass kills for Recek put Florida at set point, 24-21, and a UK hitting error tilted the stanza in the Gators' favor, 25-22. Freshman Recek put the Gators on her back in the third set, slamming eight errorless kills to hit .533 out of intermission.
"We asked a whole lot of a freshman," Wise noted. "She serves, passes, plays in the middle back, and (today) she was matched up against one of the premiere right-side players in the country in Whitney Billings. Two of the things that we've been impressed with from Ziva from the get-go are her volleyball IQ and how hard she competes."
The Orange and Blue jumped out to a 5-0 advantage in the fourth set behind the serve of Recek, as four UK errors in the opening points put Florida in the lead. A Mallette slam through the seam of the UK block kept the Gators ahead, 6-1, and a Brauneis-to-Mann kill off the quick set gave the Gators an 8-3 lead. An Unroe ace kept UF up, 11-6. Rookie Mallette was a part of two huge blocks as she teamed up with Smith for a roof at 14-9 and again with Mann at 16-10. Brauneis served up an ace to keep the Gators rolling out of the 'Cats timeout at 17-10.
UK pulled within five after winning a long rally but back-to-back Kentucky errors got the Gators to the double-decade mark at 20-13. A Smith slam out of the middle got the Gators within four of the set at 21-14 but back-to-back UF errors forced the Gators to call timeout at 22-17. Recek halted the Wildcat run with a slam down the line to get the Gators within two of forcing a fifth at 23-18. Smith slammed a kill of the slide to set up set point, 24-20. UK put together two quick points to force the Orange and Blue to take their final timeout of the fourth stanza, 24-22. A Mallette kill through the seam of the block forced the fifth and decisive set, 25-22.
UK got out to a 2-0 lead in the fifth but a Mann quick kill and an ace for Pole tied the set at 2-2. Recek tipped one right behind the block to go up 4-3 and back-to-back rocket kills by Wiggs forced a UK timeout with UF leading 6-3. An overpass kill for Wiggs gave the Gators an 8-4 lead as the teams switched sides. Recek nailed an ace to get the Gators to double digits at 10-5. A Kentucky service error and ensuing kill by Recek forced the Wildcats' second timeout of the stanza with Florida ahead, 12-6. Recek nailed one down the pipe to set up match point and Mann put the match away for Florida, 15-8.
Texas A&M Rolls Past Mississippi State
COLLEGE STATION, Texas. - Texas A&M retained first place in the Southeastern Conference Western Division with a dominating 25-8, 25-14, 25-10 win over a young Mississippi State squad Sunday afternoon at Reed Arena in a match that was televised by Sport South.
It was the fourth consecutive victory for the Aggies, who improved to 6-1 in the SEC and 14-2 overall to become only the fourth team in A&M history to have only two losses after 16 matches. The Aggies obliterated a school record for fewest points scored by an opponent since moving to the 25-point cap in 2008, as Mississippi State's 32 total points smashes the previous record of 41 (25-7, 25-16, 25-18) points scored by Texas Southern on Sept. 11, 2009.
Mississippi State falls to 4-12 overall and 0-7 in the SEC following the first-ever meeting between the two schools in volleyball.
A&M never trailed in the entire contest as the aggressive Aggies took care of business. Fifteen players saw action for the Aggies. Only two players had two attack errors and the remainder of the A&M players had less as A&M outhit the Bulldogs .356 to -.047, a season-low by an A&M opponent.
A&M opened the match by jumping out to a 10-2 lead in the first set, and the Aggies continued to reel off consecutive points throughout the set. Senior middle blocker Lindsey Miller, who had five kills in the set, posted back-to-back kills and then combined with junior setter Allie Sawatzky for a block to close out a 3-0 run that clinched the 25-8 win.
A&M freshman outside hitter Shelbi Vaughan came off the bench early in the second set and blasted three kills during a 5-0 run in which the Aggies broke away from a 3-3 tie. The Bulldogs got within four points four times, the last coming at 14-10, before the Aggies once again began scoring consecutive points. A&M was ahead, 21-14, when it mounted a 4-0 run, which included three blocks by Miller, to complete the set and give the Aggies a 2-0 lead in the match.
With the majority of A&M starters on the bench for the final set, junior Mariah Agre took over setting duties, and with the help of reserve freshmen Sierra Patrick and Shelby Sullivan as well as junior outside hitter Ashley Vrana, junior libero Kelsey Kinley and usual senior starters Tori Mellinger and Stephanie Minnerly, A&M mounted a marathon 13-point run to take a commanding 14-1 lead. A&M would later use a five-point run, which included two kills and an ace by Vaughan, to go up 24-8. A&M committed a service error on the next play, but the Bulldogs then served long to end the match.
Mellinger led A&M with seven kills and 15 digs. Sawatzky, Alisia Kastmo and Miller all pitched in six kills, as did Vaughan, marking her career-high. Miller and Sullivan led in blocks with four apiece as A&M tallied a season-high 17 block assists.
Lainey Wyman led the Bulldogs with five kills, and setter Taylor Hackemack and libero Roxanne McVey, who entered the match as the SEC leader in digs per set, had 11 and 10 digs, respectively.