|THURSDAY VOLEYBALL RESULTS
|Texas A&M 3, Siena 0
|Texas A&M 3, Florida State 0
|Tennessee 3, Austin Peay 0
Texas A&M Sweeps Siena in Home Opener
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M senior outside hitter Ashley Vrana came off the bench and posted a career-high 10 kills in two sets to help lead the Aggies to a home-opening 25-14, 25-23, 25-17 victory over Siena today at Reed Arena.
It was the fifth consecutive win for the Aggies, who improve to 6-1. Siena falls to 1-6.
A&M also got solid performances from sophomore middle blocker Shelby Sullivan, who had a career-high six blocks and added nine kills, and senior setter Allie Sawatzky, who directed the offense to a .323 hitting percentage while dishing out 34 assists. In addition, redshirt freshman middle blocker Jazzmin Babers had seven kills and three blocks, and senior libero Kelsey Kinley tallied match highs with 15 digs and a career-high three aces.
The Aggies got off to a slow start in the opening set, and the Saints held the lead throughout the early part of the set until A&M went on a 9-1 run to go up 18-12. A&M then gave up two points following a Siena ace and kill before the Aggies closed out the 25-14 win riding a 7-0 run. Sullivan had three blocks during the set-ending rally, including a solo block to clinch the set.
A&M tallied five blocks as a team and outhit Siena, .250 to -.045 in the opening frame.
The Saints once again held the early lead to open the second set before A&M came from behind to get the win. Siena had equaled its largest lead at 16-12 following a kill by Taylor Akana before Vrana unleashed on one of her six kills in the set to begin a five-point run, with Angela Lowak getting the kill that gave A&M a 17-16 lead. Siena twice tied the score, the last tie coming at 22-22, but was unable to take the lead. Vrana had back-to-back kills, the second kill courtesy of a Siena overpass, which put the Aggies at set point, 24-22. The Saints, who were outhit .417 to .366 in the frame, posted a kill before Sullivan ended the set with a kill.
A&M never trailed in the third set, and other than a 7-7 tie, led the entire way. The Aggies, who outhit Siena .278 to .179 in the set, used a four-point rally to build their largest lead at 24-16. Sullivan had begun the rally with back-to-back kills, and Siena committed errors on the next to plays to put the Aggies at match point. Siena’s Meghann Wright staved off one match point with her eighth kill of the contest before Sierra Patrick recorded the kill to clinch the victory.
A&M returns to the court at 7:30 p.m. tonight to take on No. 16 Florida State, a NCAA Final Four team only two years ago.
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Texas A&M 3, Florida State 0
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Aggies sophomore outside hitter Angela Lowak notched 14 kills to help lead Texas A&M to a 27-25, 27-25, 25-22 win over Florida State at Reed Arena this evening.
Freshman Jazzmin Babers added 6 blocks in the victory, which takes the Aggies to 7-1 on the season.
Nicole Walsh racked up 14 kills for Florida State, which falls to 5-3.
The Aggies will face off against No. 7 Michigan on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. to close out their appearance in the Texas A&M Invitational.
Tennessee Volleyball Sweeps Home Opener, 3-0
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Behind 13 kills from freshman Ashley Mariani, the Tennessee volleyball team swept Austin Peay, 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-18), to conclude the opening night of the Comcast Lady Vol Classic.
With their fifth-straight win, the Lady Vols improve to 7-1 on the season and 29-6 in home openers. Head coach Rob Patrick earned his 349th career victory, as he closes in the 350-win mark.
"This was a great first match for us at home," Patrick said. "We had a tremendous crowd here that came out loud and passionate, providing a great atmosphere here in Thompson-Boling Arena. It helped us jump start the match and play at a high level."
Mariani put down 13 kills - one shy of her career best - on 26 swings with just four errors for a a .346 hitting percentage. Junior Shaelyn Kolosky and freshman Jamie Lea each added nine spikes.
Lady Vol libero Ellen Mullins, the nation's leader in digs per set, continued the excellent start to her senior season by scooping 20 balls in three sets. Sophomore setter Lexi Dempsey notched her fifth double-double dishing out 35 assists and recording 10 digs.
UT opened the first set with a 25-14 win. Trailing 13-12 at the halfway mark, junior Nikki Brice gave Tennessee momentum with her consistent serves, sending the Lady Vols on an 11-0 run to go up 24-12. During that span, Mariani laid down four kills, including three in a row.
UT went on to take the set on an attack error by Austin Peay's Cami Fields. Kolosky hit .750 during the first set, with three kills on four swings with no errors.
Tennessee and the Bucs battled back and forth through the second set as Austin Peay rallied for some late-set runs. The Orange & White prevailed and defeated APSU, 25-22, for a 2-0 lead.
The third set was tied up a total of 10 times, the last coming at 18-18. UT capped off the game going on a 7-0 run to win, 25-18, and take the match, 3-0. Lea put down seven kills, hitting .308 in the final set.
VCU (6-1) swept ETSU in the first match of the day. UT returns to the court at 7 p.m. on Friday for a matchup with Wichita State.