COLLEGE STATION, Texas— Texas A&M (3-3) vs. No. 6 Texas (6-2)
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m.
College Station, Texas
TV: SEC Network (Paul Sunderland and Nell Fortner)
Twitter Updates: @AggieVolleyball
$10 for reserve seating, $7 for adult general admission and $4 for youth, high school age and under. A&M students without a sports pass can purchase tickets for $4 each.
Tickets may be purchased at Reed Arena beginning one hour before match time or in advance at 12thManFoundation.com or by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 979-845-2311 or toll free at 1-888-99-AGGIE
Promotions: Fish Camp Night
· All Texas A&M students with a Sports Pass receive free admission to the match
· Anyone wearing a Texas A&M Fish Camp shirt will be admitted for only $3 and also will be eligible to win free Aggie gear
· Corps of Cadets Night
For the first time since Texas A&M joined the Southeastern Conference in 2012, the Aggies (3-3) play host to the sixth-ranked Texas Longhorns (6-2), Wednesday at Reed Arena. First serve of the highly anticipated matchup between the former conference rivals is at 7 p.m.
The match, which will be the Aggies’ final tune-up before opening SEC play at LSU on Sept. 22, will be nationally televised on the SEC Network with Paul Sunderland and Nell Fortner calling the action.
Each team will be aiming to get back into the win column after suffering a ranked loss in their most recent outing. Texas A&M competed in the HotelRed Invitational in Madison, Wisconsin, where the Aggies opened with a 3-1 victory against Lipscomb on Friday before falling to host and sixth-ranked Wisconsin, 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-10), on Saturday. Senior outside hitter Kiara McGee and junior middle blocker Kaitlyn Blake were named to the all-tournament team.
Texas saw its six-match win streak come to an end on Friday when the Longhorns fell to No. 1 Minnesota, 3-1 (25-21, 25-27, 26-24, 25-19), in the final match of the American Campus Classic at Gregory Gymnasium in Austin.
A&M SERIES HISTORY VS. TEXAS
· Texas holds a 73-23 lead in the all-time series, including a 23-13 lead in matches played in College Station.
· Texas has won the last six meetings, including the most recent, as the No. 2 Longhorns swept the No. 16 Aggies, 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-21) on Sept. 14, 2016, at Gregory Gym. It was the first time the two rivals met in a regular-season match since the Aggies left the Big 12 Conference and joined the SEC in 2012.
· In the most recent meeting, then-freshman Hollann Hans posted the first double-double of her career as she led the Aggies with 10 kills and 14 digs, but Texas outhit A&M, .305 to .179 and outblocked the Aggies, 8-4.
· Texas A&M’s most recent victory in the series was Sept. 16, 2010, as the unranked Aggies stunned the No. 8 Longhorns, 3-0, at Reed Arena in the Big 12 Conference season opener.
· The last time the two teams met in College Station was Nov. 23, 2011. In the Aggies’ final home match as a member of the Big 12, Texas won, 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-20), in front of a crowd of 4,606, which still stands as the largest volleyball crowd at Reed Arena.
· The Longhorns were 21-11 against the Aggies in Big 12 matches during Texas A&M’s 16 years in the league (1996-2011).
TEXAS A&M NOTES
· The match against the No. 6 Longhorns marks A&M’s fourth match against an opponent ranked No. 6 or higher over a stretch of five matches.
· All three of A&M’s losses have been to teams ranked No. 6 or higher. The Aggies pushed No. 5 Penn State to five sets on Sept. 2 and fell to No. 1 Stanford, 3-0, on Sept. 3 at Reed Arena and lost at No. 6 Wisconsin, 3-0, on Sept. 9.
· The last time A&M defeated a team ranked No. 6 or higher was Sept. 11, 2014, when the Aggies topped No. 6 Southern California, 3-2, at the USC Classic in Los Angeles. The Aggies’ most recent home victory against a team ranked No. 6 or higher was Sept. 23, 2009, when they defeated No. 6 Nebraska, 3-1 (28-26, 17-25, 25-19, 25-19), in the first conference volleyball match to be played at Reed Arena.
· The Aggies are No. 2 in the nation for strength of schedule according to Volleytalk.net’s RPI Futures, a season ending projected RPI based on the win probabilities for all remaining games on the schedule using each team’s Pablo rating. Texas is No. 8. A&M will face both No. 3 Florida and No. 12 Kentucky twice during the SEC season.
· Two freshmen, 6-1 lefty setter Camille Conner and 6-3 middle blocker Makena Patterson, have started every match for the Aggies. In addition, 6-2 freshman outside hitter Samantha Sanders, for all intents and purposes, has been the Aggies’ starter at the opposite hitter position over the last five matches, drawing the starting nod against VCU, Penn State and Stanford, and subbing in against Lipscomb and Wisconsin as soon as the starting defensive specialist rotated to the front row.
· Conner, the MVP of the season-opening Texas A&M Invitational, is the only player in the SEC that has recorded a triple double this season, having tallied 43 assists, 12 digs and 12 kills while hitting .321 in the five-set loss to No. 5 Penn State. She is the first A&M player to record a triple-double since former lefty setter Allie Sawatzky achieved the feat with 31 assists, 10 kills and 11 digs at Ole Miss on Nov. 10, 2013.
· Patterson has led or tied for the team lead in blocks in five of six matches and leads the Aggies and ranks seventh in the SEC with 1.16 blocks per set.
· Sophomore outside hitter Hollann Hans, who had career highs of 32.5 points and 28 kills while hitting .328 against No. 5 Penn State, leads A&M and is fifth in the SEC with 4.05 kills and 4.76 points per set. Hans, a jump server who also tied her career-high with four aces against the Nittany Lions, leads A&M and is fourth in the SEC with 0.48 aces per set.
· Hans’ 32.5 points against Penn State ties for fourth in A&M single match records, and her 28 kills against the Nittany Lions are the most by an A&M player since Kelsey Black had 28 against Oklahoma on Oct. 6, 2010.
· Senior libero Amy Nettles tied for match-high honors with 11 digs against Wisconsin, giving her 1,182 digs for her career and moving her into 11th place in the A&M all-time career records. She needs 52 digs to surpass Laura Jones (2002-05) for 10th place.
· Nettles has appeared in a school-record 301 consecutive sets. The streak began when the then-freshman came off the bench for the final three sets against Arkansas on Oct. 15, 2014. The now-senior co-captain broke the previous record of 284 consecutive sets played held by fellow San Antonian Suzy Wente since 1994. Nettles has led the Aggies in digs per set each of the last three seasons and in total digs each of the last two years and is averaging 3.54 digs per set for her career.
· Texas A&M returns 11 letterwinners overall—including four starters plus the libero—from last year’s team that went 21-9 overall and reached the NCAA Championship tournament for a sixth consecutive season. The Aggies also welcome a stellar four-member freshman class, ranked the 18th best recruiting class in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com, as well as a redshirt freshman.
25th SEASON FOR CORBELLI DUO
· Texas A&M head coach Laurie Corbelli and her husband, associate head coach John Corbelli, are celebrating their 25th season at the helm of the Aggies. Laurie, the 2015 SEC and AVCA South Region coach of the year and the longest tenured head coach at Texas A&M, is 512-240 in her A&M career and 612-346 in the 32nd year of her head coaching career.
· Under the Corbellis’ direction, the Aggies have reached the 20-win milestone 17 times and have made 20 NCAA tournament appearances, making A&M one of only 14 teams to make at least 20 NCAA appearances since Corbelli was hired in 1993.
· Texas saw its six-match win streak come to an end and the Longhorns suffered their first home loss of the season with a 3-1 setback to No. 1 Minnesota on Friday at Gregory Gym.
· Both teams recorded 61 kills, including a team-leading 19 kills by Longhorn freshman Lexi Sun, but the Gophers outhit Texas, .264 to .202, and led in blocks, 12-9 and digs, 82-69.
· Sun leads the Longhorns with 3.67 kills and 4.33 points per set for the full season.
· Senior 6-2 middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu, who had four blocks against Minnesota, leads the Longhorns and the Big 12 and is ranked eighth in the nation with 1.64 blocks per set. Texas is No. 5 in the nation and leads the Big 12 with 3.39 blocks per set.
· Texas is holding opponents to a paltry .126 hitting efficiency, ranking eighth in the national statistics.
· Texas is 16th in the nation and leads the Big 12 with a .291 team hitting efficiency.
· Jerritt Elliott (Cal State Northridge, ‘91) is in the 17th season as head coach of the Longhorns.
· A&M opens SEC play at LSU on Friday, Sept. 22. First serve is at 7 p.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
· The Aggies open their SEC home slate on Sunday, Sept. 24 as they host defending SEC co-champion Missouri at 12 p.m. at Reed Arena.
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