COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Texas A&M is set to battle rival and seventh-ranked Texas in a nationally televised edition of the State Farm Lone Star Showdown Wednesday in College Station. Match time is 6:30 p.m. at G. Rollie White Coliseum.
ESPNU will televise the match live, with Beth Mowins calling the action and Cathy Nelson providing color commentary.
The match has been designated a “Maroon Out”, and Aggie fans are encouraged to wear maroon.
A&M (12-4, 2-4 Big 12), currently in seventh place in the Big 12 standings, is looking to get back into the win column after falling to No. 18 Kansas State, 23-30, 30-24, 30-27, 30-23, Friday in College Station.
Texas (8-3, 4-1 Big 12), tied with Iowa State for fourth place in the conference, is riding a four-match winning streak after defeating Colorado, 30-19, 30-20, 30-27, Friday in Austin. The Longhorns’ only Big 12 loss was at No. 1 Nebraska, and their other two losses were season-opening, back-to-back four-game setbacks at No. 3 Penn State.
LOOKING AT THE AGGIES
Sarah Ammerman, a sophomore outside hitter, leads A&M with 3.84 kills and 4.33 points per game for the full season. Mary Batis, also a sophomore outside hitter, is the leader in digs and aces with 3.49 and 0.40 per game, respectively, and ranks second on the team with 3.15 kills and 3.85 points per game.
Junior middle blocker Jillian Phillips, named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, is averaging a team-leading 1.40 blocks per game for the full season and ranks second in the Big 12 with a 1.61 block average in conference games only. Senior middle Kelly Stanton and Phillips lead the Aggies and are ranked fifth and sixth in the league in hitting percentage, hitting .393 and .389, respectively, for the full season.
Sophomore setter Kristen Schevikhoven, who will be participating in the A&M-Texas rivalry match for the first time, is averaging 11.02 assists per game overall.
As a team, A&M is outhitting its opponents, .277 to .169, for the full season but is being outhit, .249 to .194 in Big 12 matches only.
LOOKING AT THE LONGHORNS
Texas is riding a four-match winning streak and has won eight of its last nine matches. Most recently, Texas dominated Colorado with four Longhorns reaching double figures in kills. Texas outhit the Buffaloes, .400 to .211, and posted 10 blocks, while Colorado had zero.
Preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year Juliann Faucette and sophomore Destinee Hooker led the charge with 18 and 17 kills, respectively, while hitting .412 and .353. The duo ranks atop the Big 12 for kills and points per game as Hooker averages 4.94 kills and 6.07 points, and Faucette posts an average of 4.82 kills and 5.59 points per game for the full season. In Big 12 matches only, Faucette is averaging a league-leading 5.75 kills per game, with Hooker right behind at No. 2 with a 5.38 average.
Senior setter Michelle Moriarty leads the Big 12 with 15.06 assists per game in conference matches.
As a team, Texas is outhitting its opponents, .304 for the full season, .327 to .207 in Big 12 matches only. Hooker is averaging a team-leading 1.38 blocks per game in conference matches to lead the Longhorns to a 3.34 to 1.59 block advantage.
Coach Jerritt Elliott is in his seventh season at the helm of the Longhorns and sports a 137-57 record. Last year, he directed Texas to the NCAA regional finals and a No. 7 final ranking.
THE A&M-TEXAS ALL-TIME SERIES
Texas leads 55-22 overall since 1976, but leads 12-10 in Big 12 matches only...A&M is 9-3 against the Longhorns in matches played at G. Rollie -- including an NCAA second-round victory in 2001 -- since Big 12 play began in 1996...The Longhorns are 19-12 all-time at G. Rollie and have gone home victorious in their last two visits to the Holler House.
Texas has won the last five matches against A&M, including the last two meetings in College Station...The Aggies have not defeated Texas since Oct. 16, 2004, in College Station. That victory marked A&M’s seventh consecutive home win against the Longhorns, who ended the streak with a 3-2 win against the Aggies in 2005.
In 2006, Texas swept the season series for the second straight year, topping A&M, 3-1, in College Station and 3-0 in Austin.
A&M QUICK HITS
• Junior middle blocker Jillian Phillips was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 1) for the first time in her career after totaling 15 blocks in seven games for a team-leading 2.14 blocks per game last week. Phillips, from Marble Falls, Texas, also led the Aggies with 4.14 points per game and a .444 hitting percentage for the week, and was second on the team with 2.86 kills per game.
Phillips had a career-high 10 blocks against Kansas State — including a career-high three solo blocks — to become the first A&M player to reach double figures in blocks this season. She also added nine kills while hitting .471 against the Wildcats.
Phillips tied for match-high honors with five blocks in a 3-0 victory at Baylor. She also tallied team-highs of 13.5 points and 11 kills while hitting at a .421 clip against the Bears.
For the season, Phillips leads the Aggies with 1.40 blocks per game for the full season, as well as a 1.61 average in Big 12 matches only.
• Middle blocker Kelly Stanton leads A&M and is ranked fourth in the Big 12 with a .393 hitting percentage. The senior is averaging 2.58 kills per game and has reached double figures in kills five times this season after reaching double digits in only four matches during the entire 2006 season.
• Sophomore Sarah Ammerman has reached double figures in kills in a team-leading 12 matches. She has recorded a double-double in four of the last six matches, including 22 kills and a career-high 21 digs against Oklahoma, marking the first 20-20 performance of her career. Ammerman had 21 kills against Texas Tech to mark the second time in a three-matche span that she posted 20-plus kills. Last year, Ammerman had two 20-plus kill performances in the entire season.
• Sophomore Mary Batis has reached double figures in digs in a team-leading 10 matches and also leads the Aggies with seven double-doubles.
• The Aggies tied the A&M record for most block assists in a match at G. Rollie on Friday, posting 34 against Kansas State. The record was first set on Nov. 25, 1994, in a five-game loss to No. 8 BYU and tied Oct. 16, 2005, in a five-game loss to Colorado. Nebraska holds the all-time G. Rollie record with 36 block assists in a four-game victory against the Aggies on Nov. 8, 2000.
The Aggies are on the road for the next two matches, taking on Kansas in Lawrence on Saturday, Oct. 6, and then traveling to Columbia, Mo., to face the Missouri Tigers Wednesday, Oct. 10. The match against the Jayhawks begins at 7 p.m. at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center, and first serve against Missouri is 6:30 p.m. at Hearnes Center.