COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M volleyball team concludes its spring exhibition schedule Friday as the Aggies play host to the Houston Cougars.
The match begins at 4 p.m. at the Reed Arena volleyball practice gym. The contest is open to the public, and admission is free.
Parking is free in lot 100g. Fans should enter Reed through the front main entrance and follow the signs to the practice gym.
“This has been one of the most enjoyable springs of my coaching career,” said Laurie Corbelli, who is entering her 22nd season as head coach of the Aggies. “The team has such an awesome work ethic and great chemistry. We have a lot of fun, and everybody is really making progress. It’s been the type of spring where daily we feel like the team is really making progress.”
Corbelli returns 10 letterwinners -- including four starters -- from last year’s team that went 19-12 and finished No. 29 out of 332 in the NCAA RPI.
Houston, a member of the American Conference and coached by Kaddie Platt, went 18-15 overall in 2013.
Most recently, the Aggies went 1-2 at the F.A.S.T. Complex Collegiate Invitational last weekend in Houston. A&M fell to both Baylor and Texas before rebounding with a come-from-behind victory against Oklahoma.
“I’d like to see the team up its mental game,” Corbelli said when asked about the area of the game she would most like to see her team improve upon against Houston. “Physically we can play with most teams. Our talent level is really strong, and it is just a matter of learning to manage themselves on the court during competition, from regrouping after giving up a run of points to closing out sets. It seems to me we’ve had a rash of matches over the last year where we’ve competed beautifully for 80-90 percent of a match and then when it comes to crunch time, we haven’t been able to pull it out.
“I was really happy about the finish of the OU match. We lost the first set and came back to win set two. Set three was a back-and-fourth, point-by-point-type of a set, and the team came through and won. That was the only thing I asked in the huddle before that match is to just win. I didn’t care how. I didn’t care about the score. I just wanted the team to find a way to win, and they did that, so I feel encouraged that they understand that it is in their control and that they can do that. So against Houston, we are going to be focused on not only executing the parts of the game that we’re really trying to sharpen and make more consistent, but also just finding ways to win.”
The Aggies conclude their spring training next Thursday and will report for preseason training on August 8.
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2014 TEXAS A&M VOLLEYBALL SPRING SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Sat., March 29 at Rice Tournament, Houston (Tudor Fieldhouse)
Texas A&M vs. Rice, 26-24, 20-25
Texas A&M def. TCU, 25-23, 25-22
Texas A&M def. Sam Houston State, 25-14, 25-20
Sat., April 5 at F.A.S.T. Collegiate Invitational, Houston (Reliant Center-Hall E)
Baylor def. Texas A&M, 16-25, 25-17, 15-13
Texas def. Texas A&M, 25-20, 25-21
Texas A&M def. Oklahoma, 22-25, 25-14, 15-13
Fri., April 11 vs. Houston, College Station (Reed)
Texas A&M vs. Houston, 4 p.m.