KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Junior outside hitter Kelsey Robinson powered the Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team past Southeastern Conference foe Alabama in straight sets (25-18, 25-16, 25-19) on Sunday afternoon to complete the season sweep and extend the Big Orange's winning streak to 10 straight against the Crimson Tide.
The win improves the Lady Vols to 15-6 overall and 8-4 in conference action, while the loss drops Alabama to 14-11 overall and 3-10 in league play. As a team, Tennessee posted its second highest hitting percentage of the conference season (.380) and out-performed 'Bama in every major statistical category.
"I thought the focus was really good," Tennessee head coach Rob Patrick said. "The focus on what we needed to do on that rotation or that point was really good. It wasn't like we were louder than Friday or anything like that. I just thought we were more focused. The people that were in the front row were doing a great job of seeing who that hitter was and knowing what the gameplan was going to be for that hitter. Then it just seemed that from then on, we were able to defend fairly easily."
Robinson led the Big Orange attack with 13 kills on 27 swings and committed just one error for a .444 attacking clip. She also added 12 digs to notch her 42nd career double-double. Robinson's performance moved her into 15th place on UT's career kills list with 1,069.
Redshirt senior DeeDee Harrison followed with a nine-kill, five-block performance and led the Lady Vols with a .615 hitting percentage. Sophomore Tiffany Baker notched eight spikes and hit exactly .350 from the outside. The Carrollton, Texas, native has now hit .350 or better in three consecutive matches.
"I'm very proud of them for taking what Alabama would give us and not trying to get greedy on some things," said Patrick. "We just did a nice job on that. We were very organized on the block. I was really happy with our pin blockers, whether it was Kelsey, Tiffany, Mary or Leslie Cikra, they all got set and blocked really well. That just set the tone for our defense."
Defensively, Ellen Mullins was consistent once again in the back row and continued her stellar junior campaign with 13 digs. The libero is now 15 digs shy of becoming Tennessee's 13th player in the 1,000-dig club with 985 career scoops.
Alabama's Pricilla Duke-Ezeji led the match with 15 kills and hit .314 for the Tide.
The Orange and White never trailed in the opening set, as the squad combined to hit .355 and hold UA to a .154 attacking percentage. Harrison started the match with a bang with five emphatic kills, while Baker and outside hitter Kayla Jeter combined for six spikes in the opening set. Mary Pollmiller handed out 10 first-set assists as Tennessee claimed the 25-18 opening game win. Pollmiller finished the match with 33 helpers.
With the second set level at six, UT rattled off five straight points behind Olivia Okoro's serve to go up 11-6 on the Tide and never looked back. Tennessee also ended the game on a 6-2 rally, which included a set-ending service ace from Nikki Brice to win the set, 25-16, and go up 2-0 into the break.
Behind Robinson, the Lady Vols jumped out to an 8-3 lead to start the third set. Tennessee posted 19 kills in the frame, including seven from Robinson, and hit .432 as a unit. The Bartlett, Ill., native hit .778 in the final set to complete the sweep with a 25-19 victory.
The Big Orange out-performed the Crimson Tide in kills (46-34), hitting percentage (.380-.155), assists (43-33), digs (53-40) and team blocks (9-2).
Defensively, Jeter added nine digs for UT, while Brice, Okoro and freshman Bianca Arellano combined for 11 scoops. Arellano also added six assists.
The Lady Vols continue SEC play on Friday, Nov. 2, when they travel to Starkville, Miss., to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs. That match is slated for a 7 p.m. CT start. UT will then travel to Gainesville, Fla., for a Sunday matinee against the Gators at 2 p.m. ET. That match will be broadcast live on CSS or CST depending on your area.
Kentucky Picks Up Five-Set Win Over Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. – In a thrilling five-set match the Kentucky volleyball team outlasted the Georgia Bulldogs 3-2 (25-13, 24-26, 25-19, 23-25, 15-12) for its second-consecutive five-set victory this weekend. UK was paced by senior setter Christine Hartmann who directed the offense to 72 kills on .338 hitting while contributing a career-high 19 digs in the win.
“We responded and played very tough against a really good Georgia team,” UK coach Craig Skinner said. “Georgia has as much fire-power as anyone in the conference and we were able to withstand it with our blocking defense as the match went on. We had some great defensive plays by (Jessi) Greenberg and (Christine) Hartmann; and a big-time kill from (Lauren) O’Conner at the end of the match. We showed the grit we needed to win on the road.”
With the win Kentucky improves to 15-8 overall and 9-4 in Southeastern Conference action. Georgia falls to 13-9 and 7-5 in league play. UK will return to action with two home dates next weekend. Up first is a match against Ole Miss on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.
Kentucky got off to a quick start in the decisive fifth set as junior Whitney Billings began the scoring with a kill. Junior Alexandra Morgan tallied a pair of kills in the stretch as UK took a 4-1 lead. Following a Georgia timeout, the home team scored three-straight to knot things at four. The teams would swap points, and then UK earned a 3-0 run of its own to take an 8-5 lead into the switching of sides.
The Bulldogs did not go away, however, climbing back to within two at 9-7 after consecutive points. UK took a break to attempt to quell the Bulldog run. Georgia would eventually knot the score at 11, before the Wildcats scored two straight capped by a kill high off the hands from sophomore Lauren O’Conner for a 13-11 edge. Georgia then took its final timeout. The Bulldogs scored off a kill out of the break, but the Wildcats closed out the set by scoring the final two points for the 15-12 win.
UK scored 10 of its points off kills in the final stanza with a .348 hitting clip. Georgia managed nine hammers on .261 hitting.
Kentucky received standout performances from several players led by Hartmann. The senior setter found four Wildcats for double-figure kills for the second-consecutive match. Billings led the way with 18 kills on an astounding .452 hitting percentage. Billings also logged her third-straight double-double with 14 digs to her stat sheet.
Morgan had a career-high 15 kills on a blazing .500 hitting clip and added four blocks. O’Conner notched 14 hammers and had a team-high two service aces. Senior Ashley Frazier was the final UK player to reach double-figures as she also had 15 hammers on .250 hitting. She added three blocks and an ace in the win.
Freshman Sara Schwarzwalder posted seven kills and matched a career-high with a team-best eight blocks. Senior Stephanie Klefot had 17 digs and five assists, while junior Jessi Greenberg contributed eight digs and sophomore Jackie Napper had six.
The Wildcats came out firing on all cylinders and jumped out to an early 8-4 advantage that forced the Bulldogs into an early timeout. Frazier had two early kills as the Wildcats did not commit an error in its first six swings of the stanza. The Bulldogs fought back to within two before the Blue and White utilized a 4-0 run to push the lead to six at 18-12. UK came up with a pair of blocks in the run to couple with quality offense. The Dawgs opted to use their final timeout, and UK wasted little time in adding to the advantage with another 4-0 run to increase the lead to 22-12. UK closed out the set on a 3-1 run that concluded with a Schwarzwalder-Billings block for the 25-13 win.
UK blasted the Bulldogs for 14 kills on .462 hitting. Billings led the way with five kill son a perfect 1.000 hitting clip. Georgia managed just eight kills on .115 hitting and committed five errors that went into UK blocks.
Georgia responded with a quick start to the second set taking a four-point lead at 15-11 to force the Blue and White into a timeout midway through the frame. Kentucky eventually climbed back to take a 21-20 advantage, but the Bulldogs fought through the Wildcats’ comeback effort and outlasted the visitors for a 26-24 second set win.
The Days hit .258 with 13 kills, while UK managed 14 kills on .407 hitting. However, UK committed five errors combined between hitting and service errors.
The two teams swapped points to begin the third frame before the Wildcats shook loose for a 3-0 run capped by an O’Conner kill for a 10-7 lead. Georgia chose to use its first timeout of the set. The Wildcats continued its hot pursuit stretching their lead to five at 18-13 following a Schwarzwalder and Frazier rejection. Kentucky continued to roll resulting in a 25-19 third set win as UK capped the stanza with a pair of blocks and a clinching kill from the hand of Frazier.
Kentucky scored 16 kills on .324 hitting in the frame, with Georgia posting 12 on .143 hitting. UK also had five rejections in the set.
Georgia was able to utilize a 3-0 run to earn a 12-9 lead early in the fourth set to force the Wildcats into an early timeout. The Bulldogs were able to continue its streak and stretched the lead to five at 16-11 forcing UK to use its final timeout. After trailing by as many as six late in the set, UK clawed back to tie the score at 23, but the Bulldogs scored the final two points to force a decisive fifth frame.
Kentucky totaled 15 kills on .268 hitting, and Georgia had 16 kills on .217 hitting. UK’s four errors were too much to overcome as the Bulldogs were able to pull out the win.
Visit UKathletics.com for the most up-to-date information on the UK volleyball team. For additional coverage of the volleyball squad be sure and check out CatScratchesBlog.com/volleyball.
Auburn Completes Weekend Sweep with Win Over Ole Miss
OXFORD, Miss. - Sarah Bullock and Katherine Culwell both posted double-doubles for the fourth straight match, and another stellar offensive performance led Auburn's volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep (25-16, 25-19, 25-19) of Ole Miss on Sunday afternoon at the Gillom Sports Center.
With a sweep of South Carolina on Friday night, the Tigers (15-8, 6-7 SEC) earned back-to-back road wins in SEC play for the first time since the end of the 2010 season, when Auburn beat Alabama, Mississippi State and Georgia on the road to close out the season. Ole Miss (10-11, 4-8 SEC) had a two-match win streak snapped after the Rebels beat South Carolina and Missouri last weekend.
The Tigers hit .325 in the match, giving them two straight contests over the .300 mark, with 52 kills against just 15 errors in today's match. Auburn was also outstanding on defense, holding Ole Miss to a .140 hitting mark and out-digging the Rebels 52-38.
"This came at a great time" Auburn head coach Rick Nold said of the weekend sweep. "I think we really needed that. One of the things we felt really good about was our serving - not necessarily just serving aggressively, but finding ways to take them out of their offense a little bit and make it easier on our defense. Today, I thought that was the difference.
"Our serve-receive throughout the weekend was much better. You give your offense more opportunities, and you can spread things around to make it more difficult to defend us."
Bullock and Culwell were outstanding for the second straight match. Bullock finished with 17 kills and 14 digs for her fourth-straight double-double. She had 15 kills in the first two sets - seven in the first and eight in the second - before the Rebels made an adjustment to stop her.
"I think Sarah was taking advantage of her opportunities," Nold said. "She got several opportunities when we were out of system, and she made some aggressive swings. It wasn't necessarily something we planned on, but when something's working, you keep going to it. They made an adjustment and brought a bigger block on the right side, and (running offense through the middle) was our way to combat that. I thought Katherine stayed aggressive on the outside with that block, and we made some big plays."
Culwell also had her fourth-straight double-double with 12 kills and 12 digs, and she contributed a pair of blocks and a service ace as well. With just two errors on the day, she finished with a .345 hitting percentage.
Camila Jersonsky had another strong performance with eight kills on 13 attacks with just two errors for a .462 hitting percentage. Courtney McDonald and Halle Kearney had six kills apiece. Sarah Wroblicky hit the double-digit mark in digs with 10, and Ciara Richards had a match-high 23 assists.
Ole Miss shuffled its lineup throughout the match and spread its 31 kills among nine players. Setter Amanda Philpot led all categories with seven kills, eight digs and 18 assists.
"There's a way that we played this weekend in terms of consistency, great effort, making scrappy plays," Nold said. "That's something we've been trying to find this season, and hopefully this is something we've found that we can keep. A lot of it is just coming to practice and doing the things we see out here." Ole Miss jumped out to a 5-1 lead early in the first set, but an 11-3 run by the Tigers gave Auburn a 12-8 lead it would never relinquish. Auburn kept up its hot offensive performance from Friday's match, hitting .455 in the opening set with 18 kills against just three errors to take a 25-16 win and an early 1-0 lead.
The second set was more of the same as Auburn jumped out to a big lead at 12-4, courtesy of seven kills from Bullock in that opening stretch. The Rebels would close the gap to as few as three points at 20-17, but Auburn ended the set on a 5-2 run to take a 25-19 win and a two-set lead into the break.
In the third set, Ole Miss came out with a different lineup and caught Auburn off-guard to the tune of a 4-0 lead, but the Tigers would fight back and take their first lead at 11-10 on a kill from Kearney. The lead changed hands three times and the score was tied on five occasions in the set, but the Tigers would move ahead for good on back-to-back kills from Culwell, who had six in the set, at 16-14. From there, Auburn extended its lead to as many as six points and finished off the Rebels with a 25-19 win.
Auburn will be home for the next two weekend with three straight matches at the Student Activities Center. Homecoming weekend kicks off Friday night with a 7 p.m. home contest against the Arkansas Razorbacks.
LSU Takes Care of Mississippi State
BATON ROUGE - The LSU volleyball team turned in an all-around solid defensive effort and limited Mississippi State 23 kills on a paltry .035 hitting percentage en route to a 3-0 sweep [25-12, 25-20, 25-18] Sunday at the Maravich Center.
In the process, LSU (10-13, 6-8 SEC) ended a two-match losing skid and picked up its seventh consecutive season sweep of the Bulldogs (4-18, 0-13 SEC). The Tigers converted on 39-of-52 of their sideout attempts to claim an impressive 75 percent efficiency and had five different players slap an ace.
"I thought we did a nice job, we've been working on certain things," head coach Fran Flory said. "I thought our serving took them out of system more. We were able to get Mississippi State out of system a whole lot more than we've been able to get other teams. When you get teams out of system, the defensive side of the game on your side of the net comes a little bit easier. Overall, it was a very balanced and very solid effort."
Malorie Pardo conducted the LSU offense to 44 kills and a .262 hitting clip. She dished out 29 assists to go along with 13 digs to secure her 10th double-double during SEC action.
Madie Jones bounced back in a big way and pounded home a match-leading 14 kills on a .429 hitting ratio. The 14 kills enabled Jones to move past former All-American Lauren DeGirolamo (2006-09) for 18th place on LSU's all-time list.
Helen Boyle joined Jones in double digit kills. Boyle added 10 kills, 11 digs and three blocks to collect her ninth double dip of the season. Desiree Elliott registered eight kills, seven blocks and an ace. In just her second start of the season, Marissa Maas belted five kills and tallied two blocks.
LSU's back row was sparked by Sam Delahoussaye's 13 digs and spotless 14 reception attempts. Haley Smith corralled eight of her 11 digs from the libero position during the third set. She returned to double figure scoops for the first time since the Mississippi State match when two teams first met in Starkville on September 28.
Meghan Mannari tacked on nine digs which allowed her to surpass Lisa Smith (1984-87) for the No. 10 spot in LSU's record book.
Mississippi State was led by Katie Enright's eight kills, Rachel Williams' 20 assists and Roxanne McVey's 26 digs.
"Haley, hopefully we'll see, is the libero of the future for us," Flory said. "We wanted to give her some experience. We wanted to see what she'd do, and we didn't miss a beat. She did a great job and made nice plays. She controlled the second ball, she did everything we want our libero to do. She's practiced hard, worked her way up and earned the opportunity. Sam [Delahoussaye] has been there and done that. We have a role for Sam, and she's going to complete the season in that role. Giving Haley a chance to see what she could do really gives us a positive glimpse into the future for us."
LSU came out clicking on all cylinders and led wire-to-wire in the first set. The Tigers posted a match-best .344 hitting percentage during the frame. An Elliott ace gave LSU an 11-6 advantage. The Tigers continued to push points and a 7-2 spurt stretched the lead to 10 points. Jones and Elliott teamed for 10 of LSU's 14 kills in the set. Jones' sixth spike on an overpass allowed LSU to tuck away the opening frame by a convincing 25-12 margin.
LSU controlled the momentum in set two and went ahead 16-11 on a Jones spike. Mississippi State pulled back to within three points, the latest at 22-19. A second contact kill from Pardo coupled with an Elliott-Jones stuff vaulted the Tigers to set point. Much like the first set, Jones delivered the final blow to give LSU the 25-20 win.
"Madie just really wasn't in sync [during Friday night's loss]," Flory said. "Part of it was our first ball and second ball contacts and creating for her. So a nice bounce-back match as you would expect Madie to do. She is a great player, and she doesn't have back-to-back matches where she doesn't perform well. We're really happy for her with a senior-type performance for her in today's match."
LSU completed the sweep behind its defense as the Tigers held Mississippi State to a match-low seven kills and forced the Bulldogs into seven hitting miscues during the third set. Ahead 18-15, LSU notched a strong finishing kick with seven of the last 10 points to come away with a 25-18 victory. Four different players picked up kills from Jackie Gerig who finished the match at setter for the Tigers.
"It was an important game," Jones said. "We went to five sets with them the first time we played them. We were missing Meghan [Mannari], and they had their other setter. It definitely felt like we had the opportunity, and we should come out here in three sets. It was kind of a slow match, and it kind of took us a while to get into it. We kept challenging each other the whole time to move faster, and I'm glad we pulled out a win."
LSU embarks on the November portion of its schedule next Sunday versus Ole Miss. First serve is scheduled for 3 p.m., and the match will be carried live on Cox Sports Television with Lyn Rollins and Kent Lowe calling the action. Live stats also will be available inside the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net/live.
Admission to all 2012 home matches at the Maravich Center is free compliments of the Advocate's "Geaux Free" program. At every home match, LSU will be collecting pet supplies at the fan zone as part of its "PAWS in the PMAC" campaign to benefit the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society.
For all of the latest news and information on Tiger volleyball, visit www.lsusports.net/volleyball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsuvolleyball along with @lsuvolleyball and @lsucoachfran on Twitter.
Arkansas Downs Missouri in Three Sets
FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas volleyball team pushed its winning streak to four Sunday afternoon with a three-set win (25-23, 25-13, 25-15) over Missouri at Barnhill Arena. The Razorbacks registered a season-best .407 hitting percentage in the win. Roslandy Acosta had 12 kills to lead a trio of double-digit performers. Defensively, libero Emily Helm had a match-high 10 digs and Janeliss Torres-Lopez led all players with six total blocks.
“I thought we played really well today,” head coach Robert Pulliza said. “Looking at the numbers, not only do they show we played well but it shows we played like a team. When you hit really high offensive numbers, in terms of kills and averages, it’s all a collective effort. I thought we were a great unit today. Down the stretch, every win is a good win. I have great respect for Missouri and what they do. I’m proud of our kids for showing up today and getting it done.”
In her first career start with the Razorbacks, junior setter Ashley Vazquez dished out 38 assists to lead Arkansas (18-6, 9-4 SEC) to its season-best offensive performance. Sunday’s match was Arkansas’ eighth of the season with a .300 or higher hitting percentage; four of those have come during the conference season. The Razorbacks also tied their season best with seven service aces, including two each from Helm, Jasmine Norton and Amanda Anderson.
In the first set, the two teams battled back-and-forth and were tied at 14-all—the 10th tie of the set—after a Missouri service error. The Razorbacks won eight of the next 10 points to take a 22-16 advantage. The run of points was capped by a Norton kill. The home team reached set point—24-21—on a kill by Anderson. The Tigers saved two set points but on the team’s third chance, Norton found the floor with another kill to clinch the opener, 25-23. Anderson and Norton each finished Sunday’s match with 10 kills.
Helm opened the second set with consecutive service aces to give the Razorback an early lead. Arkansas turned a 4-3 score into a 12-4 advantage after back-to-back blocks featuring Torres-Lopez. Out of a Missouri timeout, the home team increased its lead to double-digits—15-5—with a kill on the right side by Liz Fortado. The cushion reached as high as 13 points. Torres-Lopez registered the final two kills of the set to give Arkansas a 25-13 win and 2-0 match lead.
During the second set, the Razorbacks played error free on the offensive side. The team put down 16 kills on 27 swings, without an attack error. That added up to a .593 hitting percentage for Arkansas. With only 10 attack errors during the match, the Razorbacks also tied their season low for hitting miscues.
With the help of a couple of Missouri miscues, the Razorbacks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third set. Arkansas went on to double up its opponent—10-5—with a block by Torres-Lopez and Vazquez. The home team forced a Missouri timeout after three straight kills pushed the lead to 20-12. Later in the set, Torres-Lopez found the floor to give the Razorbacks another 10-point lead at 23-13. On the team’s second match, Acosta notched her final kill to close out the set, 25-15, and the match.
“We’re all training hard because you never know when you’ll have to step in,” Vazquez said. “When it was my chance Friday, I was nervous but I was also ready. I had to step up and the team carried on helping me through it. Today, we did a good job and I’m really proud of all the girls.”
Following this home stand, the Razorbacks return to the road next weekend for matches at Auburn and Texas A&M. For continued coverage of Arkansas volleyball, log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Sunday’s match will be broadcast this weekend on KXUA 88.3 FM in Fayetteville. Fans can also keep up with Razorback volleyball this season with its sport-specific RazorbackVB Facebook and Twitter pages.
Texas A&M Handles South Carolina in Sweep
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Texas A&M senior middle blocker Lindsey Miller had a match-high 13 kills while hitting at a .550 clip to lead the Aggies to a 25-19, 25-16, 25-23 victory against South Carolina this afternoon at the Volleyball Competition Facility.
With the victory, the Aggies complete an undefeated weekend on the road to improve to 17-5 overall – including 7-1 in away matches -- and stay tied with Arkansas for first place in the Southeastern Conference Western Division with a 9-4 record in conference play.
South Carolina drops to 15-10 overall, 3-10 in SEC play.
A&M used a 5-0 run to pull away from a 3-3 tie in the opening set, and the Aggies led the remainder of the frame. Miller, who was nearly impossible to stop on the slide attack throughout the contest, later put down a kill from the right side and then teamed with Tori Mellinger for a block that would give A&M its biggest lead at 17-10. The Gamecocks then went on a 5-1 run before a block by setter Allie Sawatzky and middle blocker Stephanie Minnerly returned serve to the Aggies. Minnerly continued to command the net and posted two more blocks during what turned into a 4-0 run that put the Aggies ahead, 22-15.
A kill by the Gamecocks and an A&M attack error put South Carolina within 22-17, but the Gamecocks served long on the next play and were unable to narrow the deficit. The teams traded sideouts for the remainder of the set before Sawatzky set Miller for the clinching kill.
A&M held an 8-6 lead in the second set when Minnerly put down a kill and then teamed with Mellinger for a block to give the Aggies a 10-6 lead. A&M served long on the ensuing play, but Minnerly immediately sided-out, tapping the ball over for a kill. It was the first of six consecutive points for the Aggies, who raced out to a 16-7 lead.
The Gamecocks, who were outhit .320 to .143 in the set, never got closer than eight points for the remainder of the set. A&M built its biggest lead at 23-12 as Sawatzky capped a 3-0 run with a kill. South Carolina scored the next two points before Minnerly put the Aggies at set point with her team-leading fourth kill of the stanza. The Gamecocks had staved off two set points when Ashley Vrana tooled the South Carolina block for the kill that gave the Aggies a 2-0 lead in the match.
There were 10 ties and five lead changes in the third set. The Gamecocks outhit the Aggies, .179 to .167 in the frame, but they couldn’t stop the Sawatzky-to-Miller combination as Miller connected for seven kills on eight attempts with zero errors.
South Carolina got back-to-back kills and then posted a block to build its biggest lead of the match at 9-6. A Minnerly kill on the slide attack ended the rally. The Aggies were later trailing 11-8 when they used a 10-2 surge to regain the lead, 18-13. Despite facing their largest deficit of the set and playing without their starting setter, Taylor Bruns, who went out with an injury after colliding with a teammate while attempting to dig a Miller kill that had put the Aggies up, 14-12, the Gamecocks fought back, scoring four unanswered points. Miller temporarily ended the rally with a kill, but three consecutive A&M attack errors returned the lead to South Carolina, 20-19
The lead was short-lived as Sawatzky won a joust at the net and freshman Sierra Patrick followed with a powerful kill from the right side that put the Aggies back in the lead, 21-20. The teams traded points before Patrick and Minnerly teamed for a block and Patrick followed with a kill that put A&M at match point, 24-22. Juliette Thevenin put down her team-leading 10th kill to keep the Gamecocks alive and within a point before Miller once again executed the slide attack with perfection, pounding down the match-winning kill.
A&M outhit the Gamecocks, .245 to .163, for the match and led in kills, 45-33. Alisia Kastmo, who had a career-high four aces in a four-set victory at LSU on Friday, had a match-high three aces in the sweep against South Carolina as the Aggies posted seven aces overall with no reception errors.
Minnerly, who finished with nine kills, had a match-high five blocks to lead the Aggies to a 9-6 advantage in team blocks, and Mellinger tied for match-high honors with 12 digs.
The Aggies return home next weekend for two of their final three regular season home matches of the year, playing host to Alabama and Arkansas, Friday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 4, respectively. The match against the Crimson Tide begins at 6:30 p.m. at Reed Arena, and the match against the co-leader Razorbacks begins at 1 p.m. A&M defeated both teams during the first half of league play, sweeping Alabama and defeating Arkansas, 3-2.
It also will be a reunion weekend with many former players returning to Aggieland to attend the matches.