COLLEGE STATION -- The Texas A&M volleyball team concludes a two-match road swing Wednesday as the Aggies take on Baylor in Waco, Texas. Match time is 6:30 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.
The Aggies are 11-3, including 1-3 in the Big 12 after falling to No. 1 Nebraska, 3-0, Saturday in Lincoln.
Baylor is 8-6 overall and tied with A&M for seventh place in the Big 12 with a 1-3 record. The Bears also are coming off a loss after falling to Oklahoma, 3-1, Saturday in Waco.
Sarah Ammerman, a sophomore outside hitter, leads A&M with 3.93 kills and 4.40 points per game and is second on the team with 0.31 aces per game for the full season. Mary Batis, also a sophomore outside hitter, is the leader in digs and aces with 3.33 and 0.41 per game, respectively, and ranks second on the team with 3.28 kills and 4.0 points per game.
Junior middle blocker Jillian Phillips is averaging a team-leading 1.27 blocks per game, and senior middle Kelly Stanton leads the Aggies with a .389 hitting percentage. Sophomore setter Kristen Schevikhoven is averaging 11.25 assists per game.
As a team, A&M is outhitting its opponents, .293 to .163 for the full season, averaging 15.79 kills to opponents’ 13.13 kills per game. A&M also is averaging 2.52 blocks per game, while foes are averaging 1.33 per game.
Baylor is led by Katie Sanders, who is averaging 4.19 kills per game, which ranks seventh in the league. Anna Breyfogle is averaging a league-leading 1.67 blocks per game for the full season, and Sarah Grace ranks second in the Big 12 with 4.77 digs per game.
As a team, Baylor leads the Big 12 with 16.87 digs per game. The Bears are outhitting their opponents, .237 to .175, and averaging 3.2 blocks to opponents’ 2.27 blocks per game.
A&M leads Baylor in the all-time series, 53-9, since 1976; however, the teams have split the season series the last two seasons with each team winning on the road both years.
A&M, which is 17-5 against the Bears since Big 12 play began in 1996, defeated Baylor, 3-1, in Waco last season. After dropping the first game, 30-20, the Aggies came back to win the next three, 30-14, 30-21, 30-26.
Baylor avenged the loss by downing A&M, 30-24, 27-30, 34-32, 30-16, in College Station.
The Aggies return home Friday to play host to No. 18 Kansas State, which enters the week 11-3 overall and 3-1 in conference play. Match time is 6:30 p.m. at G. Rollie White Coliseum.
Friday also will be Texas A&M faculty/staff appreciation night at the Holler House. Faculty and staff will be admitted free by presenting a voucher sent out by coach Laurie Corbelli, and they also will be eligible to receive free popcorn.