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    SEC Volleyball Notebook: Sunday, November 24

    SUNDAY VOLEYBALL SCHEDULE/RESULTS
    Alabama 3, Tennessee 0
    Missouri 3, Kentucky 0
    Arkansas 3, Mississippi State 0
    Auburn 3, Ole Miss 1
    LSU 3, South Carolina 0
    Texas A&M 3, Georgia 2

     

    Alabama Volleyball Sweeps Tennessee on Senior Day

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- On Senior Day at Foster Auditorium, Alabama snapped a 10-match losing streak to Tennessee with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-23) Southeastern Conference win over the Lady Vols on Sunday.

    On Senior Day it was a freshman that stood out for the Crimson Tide (23-8, 10-6 SEC), as Brittany Thomas posted a match-high 18 kills with a .452 hitting percentage. For Thomas, the 18 kills marked the most she’s had in a three-set match, while the .452 hitting percentage was the best of the season for the true freshman. Thomas also added eight digs, an ace and an assisted block.

    The win was the first for the Tide over the Lady Vols (9-22, 1-16 SEC) since Oct. 21, 2007, when Alabama posted a 3-0 victory in Tuscaloosa. The win was also the 23rd of the season for the Tide, matching the 2005 season total. Since re-establishing the program in 1989, the most wins in a season for any Alabama volleyball team is 24, which was done in 1995.

    Before the start of the match, Alabama recognized current seniors Andrea McQuaid and Kelsey Melito in a pregame ceremony. The Tide also honored former players Cristina Arenas and Brianne Vande Griend, who saw their careers shortened due to injuries, and student managers Tristan Johnson and John Calhoun.

    McQuaid had another typical match, finishing the day with five kills, a .455 hitting percentage and four digs. Sophomore outside hitter Mattie Weldy finished the match with nine kills, while Katherine White had six kills and a .500 (6-1/10) hitting percentage, to go along with a solo and two assisted blocks.

    Kryssi Daniels paced Alabama with 11 digs to go along with four assists and a pair of aces, not bigger than the one to give Alabama match point in the third set. Sierra Wilson finished the day with 38 assists, nine digs and two assisted blocks and Bria Green had nine digs and two kills.

    The only player for Tennessee to reach double figures in kills was Whitney Heeres with 10. Jamie Lea added nine kills, Ashley Mariani had eight and Shealyn Kolosky had seven. Ellen Mullins added a match-high 13 digs.

    With the score tied 6-6 in the first, Alabama went on a 6-1 run to take a commanding 12-7 lead in the opening set. The Tide would extend their lead to 18-10, before Tennessee went on a 5-1 run to close the deficit to four points (19-15). After an Alabama timeout, the Tide closed the set with a 7-2 run to take a quick lead in the match. Alabama’s Thomas opened the match with seven kills and a .700 (7-0/10) hitting percentage in the first set.

    Bama fell behind 9-6 to open the second set before posting a 4-0 run to take a 10-9 lead in the second. Tennessee responded with a 6-2 run to open a 15-12 lead, before Bama responded with a 9-3 run for a 21-18 advantage. Bama got their final point of the set on the 10th kill of the match by Thomas.

    In order to close out the Lady Vols in straight sets, Alabama needed to come-from-behind late in the third set. Trailing 20-23, Alabama got back-to-back kills from Thomas to get within one, 23-22. After a Tennessee timeout, a hitting error by UT’s Raina Hembry evened the score at 23-23, and then Daniels served an ace to give the Tide match-point. A hitting error by Tennessee’s Whitney Heeres capped the 5-0 Alabama run to end the match.

    Alabama returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 27, when it travels to Starkville, Miss., to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs. First serve for the match from the Newell-Grissom Building is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.

    Get all the latest information on the team by following AlabamaVBall on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.





    No. 4 Mizzou Sweeps No. 16 Kentucky for Win No. 33

    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The No. 4 Mizzou volleyball team swept No. 16 Kentucky, 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-16), on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 24) behind an efficient offensive performance from the Tiger pin hitters. Senior All-American Lisa Henning (Blue Springs, Mo.) played up to her billing with 17 kills on .556 hitting and freshman Carly Kan (Honolulu, Hawaii) added 15 on .542 hitting. Junior Emily Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) added seven kills on .333 hitting as the pin hitters combined for 39 kills on .493 hitting. The win improves Mizzou to 33-0 and 17-0 in SEC play as they are just one win away from running the table in the regular season.

    “I was really impressed with how we played today against a really good Kentucky team on the road,” head coach Wayne Kreklow said. “Our ball control, off-the-ball blockers and back-row play was about as good as it has been all season. The hardest part about today was coming off of Friday night after we clinched and being ready to go. After how we played today, it was pretty clear that they were ready to go. Great job all around today.”

    The story of the night was obviously the Tiger pin hitters as they helped Mizzou hit .407 with 47 kills in the three sets. Senior setter Molly Kreklow (Delano, Minn.) was sensational as usual, spreading 39 assists while guiding Mizzou to better than .300 hitting for the 28th time in 33 matches. Junior libero Sarah Meister (San Diego, Calif.) was also very good on Sunday, collecting 16 digs, a match-high, doubling the top output from Kentucky.

    Julia Towler (Blue Springs, Mo.) tallied three kills in her first career start and Emily Thater (Springfield, Mo.) added two kills. Kreklow added three kills and five digs to her 39 assists. Henning collected six digs and Kan added five. Mizzou also had four team blocks in the win, led by two each from Kreklow, Towler and Thater.

    Mizzou hit .600 in the early stages of the first set and opened an 8-3 lead to force a Kentucky timeout. Out of the stoppage, Kreklow won a joust to put Mizzou on top 9-3. The Tigers extended their lead to 16-9, forcing Kentucky to use its second timeout of the frame as Kan led all attackers with four kills at that point of the match. Out of the break, Thater tallied an ace and Mizzou kept the foot on the gas and ran away with the first, 25-15. The Tigers hit .414 in the frame, led by five kills on .444 hitting from Kan and four more on .375 hitting from Henning. Meister pulled in seven digs in the set.

    The Tigers opened the second set winning four of the first six points, but Kentucky rallied to take a 5-4 lead after a solo stuff from All-American Whitney Billings on Wilson. The Wildcats extended their lead to 11-9, but a 4-0 run behind the serving arm of Kreklow put Mizzou on top, 13-11, forcing a timeout from UK coach Craig Skinner. Kentucky won the point following the stoppage but Mizzou went on a 5-2 run following that point to take an 18-14 lead in the frame. After a Kentucky stoppage, the Wildcats ran off three in a row and Wayne Kreklow called his first timeout of the match. A bad first touch led to Mizzou sending a free ball on the next point, but Kreklow and Towler teamed for a huge block to end the run and Mizzou then scored the next two points to go on top, 21-17. The Tigers opened a 23-18 lead and closed out the set, 25-20. Mizzou hit .361 with 18 kills in the second set. Through two sets, Mizzou’s pin-hitting trio of Henning, Kan and Wilson had 27 kills on .449 hitting.

    After a dominating first two sets, Mizzou kept the foot on the gas and opened a 9-4 lead in the third after a back-row kill from Henning. Out of the timeout, Kreklow and Thater teamed for a big block to extend the lead and Mizzou found itself on top 11-5. But UK scored the next three points to get back into the set. But the Tigers countered with a 3-0 run of their own. Henning then tallied her first ace of the match to put Mizzou on top, 17-10, as Kentucky used its final timeout of the set. From there, Mizzou ran away with the set with a 25-16 set win.

    Mizzou will return home for its final regular season match of 2013 as it faces Arkansas on senior night on Wednesday (Nov. 27) at the Hearnes Center. The match will begin at 6:30 p.m. For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on twitter @MizzouVB.





    Razorbacks Earn Straight-Set Win on Senior Day

    FAYETTEVILLE -- The University of Arkansas volleyball team posted its second home sweep of the weekend Sunday afternoon with a 25-16, 25-16, 25-12 win over Mississippi State on Senior Day. The Razorbacks were paced by a match-high 12 kills from junior Meredith Hays while senior libero Emily Helm led all players with 20 digs to help hold the Bulldogs to a season-low hitting percentage. With Sunday’s victory, Arkansas improves to 16-12 overall and 9-8 in Southeastern Conference play.

    “It was a great weekend,” head coach Robert Pulliza said. “Not only did we win but we played some great volleyball this weekend. During that last home weekend of the regular season, you want your seniors to go out in style and you want the fans to see the team you’ve become.”

    Behind her defensive performance, Helm moved into a tie for 10th place on the program’s career digs list. The Queen Creek, Ariz., native has registered 966 digs in her two-year career as a Razorback, pulling her even on the all-time list with Anna Velikanova. Sunday’s effort was her 11th match with at least 20 digs, eight of which have come during SEC play. Helm now has 32 sets this season with six or more digs, including a 10-dig showing in the first set against MSU.

    The Razorbacks’ offense was led by the 12 kills from Hays and 11 kills from freshman Savannah Voelzke, the first double-digit match of her career. Fellow freshman Barbara Dapic capped her weekend with seven kills on 11 swings with just one error, good for a .545 hitting percentage. Senior Raymariely Santos finished the match with 28 assists, eight digs, five kills and five total blocks.

    Sunday’s match was controlled the Arkansas’ defense that limited Mississippi State to a -.075 hitting percentage. That mark is the lowest by a Razorback opponent since the 2009 season. Arkansas tallied 50 digs in Sunday’s sweep and added 13.0 total team blocks at the net. Freshman Danielle Harbin led the team’s efforts at the net with a career-high seven total blocks including a solo stuff on match point.

    Before the match, Arkansas’ six-player senior class of Helm, Santos, Avery Lewis, Hayley Koop, Clarissa Pavey and Ashley Vazquez was recognized for their respective Razorback careers. The players were joined on the courts by family members and presented their senior plaques by Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long.

    “I was trying to stay calm and keep my composure for the team,” Santos said. “But it was really emotional. I’ve been here for four years and it’s best thing that ever happened to me. Knowing that it was my last match at Barnhill is a hard to take in but we managed that pretty well and the rest of the team really supported the seniors.”

    Up next, the Razorbacks will travel to No. 4 Missouri for a midweek match. The regular-season finale is set for Nov. 27 at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo. It will be the second meeting between the two teams this season and Arkansas’ first trip to the Tigers’ home floor since the 2005 season.

    For more information on Arkansas volleyball, follow @RazorbackVB on Twitter.





    Culwell, Wroblicky Hit Milestones in Senior Day Win over Ole Miss

    AUBURN, Ala. -- Katherine Culwell earned her 1,000th career kill, Sarah Wroblicky broke the Auburn single-season digs record, and the rest of Auburn's volleyball seniors contributed to a 3-1 win (19-25, 25-14, 25-19, 25-14) over Ole Miss on Sunday afternoon at Auburn Arena.

    The Tigers (19-10, 10-7), meanwhile, earned their 10th SEC victory of the season, marking just the fourth time in program history for Auburn to hit double-digits in conference wins. It was also the Tigers' fifth win in the last six matches against Ole Miss (13-17, 3-14 SEC).

    "Ole Miss has got a really good offensive game," Auburn head coach Rick Nold said. "We kept them in system early, and they were taking advantage of it. But we wanted to see how we would respond to that, and we stayed mentally tough and we came out and played hard in the last three games. They were a battle, back-and-forth, but we came out aggressive and kept them on their heels."

    It was the final home match for six Auburn seniors - Culwell, Camila Jersonsky, Courtney McDonald, Kathia Rud, Chelsea Wintzinger and Wroblicky - and they all made major contributions to the victory, some with season- or career-best performances.

    "That's what you expect from them," Nold said. "They've been showing that since they've been here, and you want to see them in that situation and how they respond. It was great to see, and obviously we're really happy they could go out with a win."

    Culwell, with her fifth kill of the match - which came in the second set - became the 14th player in Auburn history to record 1,000 career kills. She finished the match with 11 kills, but set another career mark with 25 digs - her third time this year to top the 20-dig mark - and picked up her team-leading 13th double-double of the year.

    "She's a huge part of what we do," Nold said of Culwell. "She's a rock for us. We go to her in a lot of situations. Her offense was really aggressive, and then her defense picked it up. They had a lot of stuff going at her, and she took care of business back there."

    Wroblicky broke the Auburn single-season digs record in today's match, passing Liz Crouch with her 470th dig of the season on her first dig of the third set. She now has 481 for the year with one match to go. In today’s match, she had 24 digs. She also moved up the all-time charts at Auburn, passing Sarah Bullock for fourth all-time.

    Wintzinger contributed a season-high 35 assists and matched her season-high with three service aces, including two-straight late in the fourth set to set up match point. Jersonsky led the Auburn offense with 16 kills and a .538 hitting percentage, and Rud was one shy of a career-high with 15 kills along with 17 digs for her ninth double-double of the year. McDonald had six kills and a block in her final home match for the Tigers.

    Ole Miss presented a tough defensive challenge for the Tigers, putting up 12 blocks on the day, including six in the first set. Nakeyta Clair led the Rebels with eight blocks along with 11 kills, and Ty Laporte finished with 12 kills and four blocks.

    With the exception of blocking, Auburn controlled every statistical category in the match. The Tigers had 66 kills to the Rebels' 46, one more ace than Ole Miss (5-4), and 79 digs to the Rebels' 63. Auburn also hit for a .280 percentage while holding Ole Miss to .179.

    Six Rebel blocks in the opening set led Ole Miss to a 25-19 win and an early lead in the match. Auburn jumped out to an early lead but was unable to generate any rallies thereafter with Ole Miss in system for much of the set and spreading their offense around well.

    The rest of the match, though, was a different story. The Tigers were able to take Ole Miss out of system repeatedly, leading to easier chances on the offensive end. Culwell had six kills and eight digs in the second set alone as Ole Miss had just eight kills as a team. Set three was a closer affair as the teams mostly traded sideouts until late in the game. But from a 19-18 lead, Auburn ended the set on a 6-1 run, getting four kills from Jersonsky down the stretch and benefitting from a pair of Ole Miss errors to take a 25-19 win and a 2-1 lead in the match.

    Set four saw Auburn jump out to a big early lead and never look back. After the Tigers pulled ahead 9-4, Ole Miss never got closer than four points the rest of the way as Auburn hit .368 with 16 kills in the final set. Auburn also got three service aces in the set, including two in the final three points. The match ended, appropriately, with three seniors touching the ball on the final rally - a dig from Wroblicky, a set from Wintzinger, and a kill from Jersonsky - to put the match away.

    The Tigers will close out the 2013 regular season looking for their 20th win on Wednesday, Nov. 27, against the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens, Ga. The match is set for a 4 p.m. CT start at the Ramsey Student Center on the UGA campus, and admission is free.

    For the latest on Auburn volleyball, follow @AUVolleyball on Twitter or "like" us on Facebook at facebook.com/AuburnVolleyball.





    LSU Volleyball Blanks South Carolina

    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Cati Leak smacked a match-leading 13 kills on a .478 hitting percentage to spark the LSU volleyball team a convincing 3-0 victory over South Carolina [25-19, 25-21, 25-17] Sunday at USC’s Competition Facility.

    LSU (17-11, 7-9 SEC) picked up its fourth sweep of the season and sent South Carolina (12-18, 3-14 SEC) to its ninth consecutive SEC loss. The Tigers have won nine of their last 10 meetings with the Gamecocks dating back to the 2008 season.

    Malorie Pardo fueled a balanced attack with a solid all-around performance of 32 assists, four digs, three kills, two aces and two blocks. She ignited the Tigers to 45 kills on an efficient .305 team hitting percentage, LSU’s highest mark since a .317 output against Mississippi State on Oct. 13.

    The Tigers connected for seven service aces which were LSU’s second-highest total of 2013. USC was limited to 35 kills and a .198 hitting clip.

    “As a coach, you can tell how focused a team is by how efficient and effective they’re hitting their serving zones,” head coach Fran Flory said. “We were head on, stayed within our gameplan and didn’t try to do too much. I appreciate the effort and focus the players showed. They responded very well, the best performance we’ve had all season in the serving game. If we are able to keep this type of focus, we’ll be able to be successful in our final two matches and beyond.”

    Leak’s .478 attack percentage was a season’s best, and the second-highest ratio of her career only behind a .484 mark during LSU’s five-set win at Georgia last season. She also added seven digs and a pair of aces.

    “The game plan was to set the middles as many balls as we could,” Flory said. “I think our passing tempo affected that and changed our offensive rhythm. Malorie was able to make that adjustment, and I thought Cati had some great swings and hit some smart shots.

    Desiree Elliott belted 11 kills and recorded four blocks off the bench. The Tigers have won five of their six matches when Elliott reaches double digit kills this season.

    “Desiree has been a great team player all season,” Flory said. “She’s done a lot of positive things behind the scenes that people don’t get to see. I’m proud of her and appreciate her effort. She will play this last stretch of her career in a LSU uniform with a point to prove. We changed the lineups based on matchups, and it’s nice to have someone like Desi step into that. We needed a faster pace, and that’s what she provided to us.”

    Briana Holman tacked on seven kills and three solo stuffs, while Helen Boyle chipped in five kills and eight digs. It marked only the fifth time that Holman was unable to collect 10-plus kills.

    LSU’s back row sprawled out for 43 digs led by Katie Lindelow’s 11 scoops followed by Haley Smith’s 10 scoops. It marked the 22nd time for Lindelow and 21st time that Smith garnered 10-plus digs.

    The Gamecocks were paced by Dessaa Legros, who popped 11 kills. LSU’s defense limited the SEC’s leader in kills per set entering the match, Juliette Thevenin, to seven kills and seven digs. South Carolina’s received 10 digs from Gabrielle Rubeis.

    “We wanted to focus on going out on the court and having fun,” Elliott said. “As a team, I thought we played well together. We made a point that no matter what happened; we knew someone was going to step up for us. We stayed calm, we stayed relaxed and everyone had each other’s backs. That’s what made it easy and allowed us to be successful.”

    The two teams split the first 18 points of the opening set before LSU ripped off four straight points to build a 13-9 advantage. The Tigers received kills from Lindelow, Holman, Boyle and Leak to ignite the charge. South Carolina used three blocks to fire back with seven of the next nine points to grab a 16-15 edge. However, LSU put together a 9-3 finishing kick to claim the 25-19 victory. Boyle and Elliott popped two kills apiece to aid the spurt.

    The Tigers fell behind by a 12-8 margin to begin set two, but Leak cranked back-to-back kills coupled with consecutive Pardo aces to knot the score at 12-12. With the Gamecocks up 17-16, LSU put together another four-point flurry aided by a Leak kill, a Boyle kill and an Elliott-Pardo block to snatch a 20-17 lead. The Tigers tucked away the 25-21 win on Leak’s seventh spike of the frame.

    “We approached the match with a carefree attitude, and I thought that was a key for us,” Leak said. “Even though we’ve had some struggles in the past, that doesn’t change us because we know we are a good team. We believe in each other. Everyone stepped up and took care of their job.”

    LSU wiped away a 13-10 deficit during the third set and caught fire with six straight points to seize the momentum. Elliott nailed two kills and registered two solo stuffs to put the Tigers ahead 16-13. She blasted three more kills and added another block as LSU finished strong with 15 of the last 19 points to capture the 25-17 victory.

    “The best thing that happened through this match is that South Carolina put some pressure on us,” Flory said. “We could have hit the panic button and bailed out. Overall, our team mentality was we were not going to be broken. Even when we were down in sets two and three, there wasn’t a panic. The players did a good job of figuring things out on their own out there on the floor. If they’ll understand that they control the outcome on every touch, this team will continue to get better.”

    LSU wraps up its run of six of eight matches on the road Wednesday at Ole Miss. First serve is on-tap for 7 p.m. with free live audio and live stats available inside the Geaux Zone at www.LSUsports.net/live.

    Desiree Elliott will continue LSU’s legacy of serving the community. She is teaming up with St. Vincent de Paul and Bishop Ott Shelter Program for her season-long senior class philanthropy project. The Tigers will be collecting items ranging from children’s clothes and shoes along with baby supplies and toys at every home match as part of the “Geaux Kids” initiative. Fans will be able to donate items inside the “Geaux Kids” boxes located at the Tiger Fan Zone.

    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 and @lsuvb on Instagram.





    Lowak, Reynolds Lead Texas A&M to 3-2 Victory at Georgia

    ATHENS, Ga. -- Texas A&M sophomore Angela Lowak paced the Aggie offense with a career-high 23 kills and senior libero Heather Reynolds spearheaded the team’s defense with a career-high 35 digs to lead A&M to a crucial 25-22, 21-25, 25-19, 20-25, 15-9 victory against Georgia today at the Ramsey Center.

    It was the final road match of the regular season for the Aggies, who have won six of their last seven matches to improve to 17-11 overall, including 9-8 in Southeastern Conference matches. Georgia, which entered the contest riding a three-match win streak, falls to 20-9 overall and 10-7 in SEC play.

    A&M had a clutch come-from-behind performance in the opening set, overcoming a six-point deficit to get the win. Georgia had used a 9-2 run to build a 15-9 lead and maintained its six-point cushion at 19-13 before A&M began to rally. Aggie freshman Emily Hardesty got a kill down the line and sophomore Sierra Patrick put down a Georgia overpass for a kill, and the momentum began to shift. After a Bulldog kill, Georgia then committed four consecutive attack errors, one the result of a Hardesty and Shelby Sullivan block, putting A&M within 20-19. Georgia then got a kill out of the back row, but A&M senior setter Allie Sawatzky dumped the ball over for a kill and won a joust at the net on the ensuing plays to tie the score, 21-21. Sullivan gave the Aggies a lead with her signature slide kill, and Sawatzky followed with a clutch out-of-system kill that put A&M up, 23-21. Georgia got a kill to get within 23-22 before Lowak pounded down a sharp cross-court kill, putting A&M at set point. Georgia, which was outhit, .300 to .200 in the frame, then committed an attack error to close out the set.

    A&M’s comeback bid in the second set would fall short, and Georgia evened the match, 1-1. Trailing 13-9, the Aggies rallied as Lowak’s off-speed shot found the floor and redshirt freshman middle blocker Jazzmin Babers anchored four consecutive blocks, giving A&M a 14-13 lead. Georgia called a timeout to regroup and then tied the score with a kill. Babers countered with a kill before the Bulldogs scored eight unanswered points – including consecutive aces by Elle McCord -- to take a 22-15 lead. A&M later used a 5-0 spurt to get within 23-21 before Georgia’s Chloe Buckendahl closed out the frame with back-to-back kills.

    A&M had trailed by as many as three points in the third set before an ace by Sullivan gave the Aggies their first lead at 11-10. Georgia hung tight, and after trailing by as many as three points, the Bulldogs used back-to-back-kills to get within 20-19. Georgia, however, was unable to tie the score, serving long on the next play. Lowak followed with a hard shot to the deep opposite corner for her seventh kill of the set to put A&M up 23-19. Georgia then sent a free ball into the net to put the Aggies at set point and followed with an attack into the net as A&M closed out the stanza on a 5-0 run.

    A&M tied the score five times early in the fourth set but was unable to ever hold a lead. The score was tied for the final time at 8-8 when the Bulldogs outscored the Aggies 6-1 to jump out to a 14-9 lead. A&M managed to get within 19-18 following a block by Babers and senior outside hitter Ashely Vrana, but the Bulldogs pulled away once again, getting four kills and a solo block during a 5-1 surge that put Georgia at set point, 24-19. A&M stayed alive as Georgia’s serve sailed long, but the Bulldogs came right back with a kill to win the set and force a decisive fifth set.

    A&M, which entered the match 0-3 in five-set matches this season, was down 6-5 when Sullivan knotted the score with a kill on the slide attack. Georgia hit long on the next play, giving A&M a 7-6 lead. Georgia immediately tied the score due to an A&M serve error, but Sullivan returned the lead to A&M, running the slide and getting a kill down the line. Lowak then caromed the ball off the Georgia block for a point and followed with a booming kill courtesy of a Georgia overpass to put the Aggies up 10-7. Sawatzky also got in the action with a kill before Georgia got a kill to get within 11-8. Lowak countered with back-to-back kills, giving the Aggies a 13-8 lead. Georgia, which was outhit .480 to .160 in the final frame, got a kill before Babers put A&M at match point with a kill on the slide attack. Lowak then posted her sixth kill of the set with another shot to the deep corner to close out the victory.

    Lowak hit .351 for the match, and both her 23 kills and career-high 23 points are the most by an A&M player this season. Sawatzky and Sullivan also finished with double-digit kills with 13 and 10, respectively, and A&M outhit the Bulldogs, .236 to .207, for the match. Sawatzky, who hit .406 for the match, accounted for 44 assists to complete her league-leading 19th double-double of the season.

    Reynolds’ 35 digs is the most by an A&M player since rally scoring began in 2001 and ties for the fourth most digs in a match in school history. Senior Mariah Agre also had a career-high in digs with 19, and senior Kelsey Kinley added 11 digs.

    Babers finished with nine kills and 14 points and led all players with nine blocks as A&M outblocked the Bulldogs, 12-8.

    Georgia had four players with double-figure kills, including a team-high 17 by both Buckendahl and Brittany Northcutt, to lead the Bulldogs to a 68-64 advantage in total kills. Georgia also led in aces, 3-2, and the teams tied in digs with 84 each.

    Texas A&M concludes the regular season with a home match against South Carolina, Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 4 p.m. at Reed Arena. It will be “Senior Day,” and A&M seniors Mariah Agre, Kelsey Kinley, Heather Reynolds, Allie Sawatzky and Ashley Vrana will be honored following the match. It also will be “12th Man Appreciation Day” and all A&M students will be admitted free.

    Visit AggieAthletics.com for more information on Texas A&M volleyball. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M volleyball team on Facebook and on Twitter by following @AggieVolleyball.