Texas A&M Volleyball Hosts Colorado Saturday

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COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M volleyball team concludes the first half of the Big 12 Conference schedule Saturday as the Aggies return to G. Rollie White Coliseum to play host to the Colorado Buffaloes.

First serve is at 6:30 p.m., and fans who present a ticket stub from Friday’s Maroon Madness event will be admitted for $2. In addition, there will be food, face painting and many other activities for Junior Aggie Club members prior to the match.

The Aggies are 13-6 overall and 3-6 in the Big 12 after dropping a 3-0 decision at Missouri on Wednesday. Colorado is 5-11 overall and a deceiving 0-8 in the Big 12 after falling at Kansas, 3-1, on Wednesday. Five of Colorado’s eight Big 12 losses have been in five games.

Jillian Phillips is hitting a team-best .390 for the full season and leads the Aggies and ranks sixth in the Big 12 with a .365 hitting percentage in conference games only. In addition, the junior middle blocker ranks second in the league with 1.44 blocks per game in Big 12 matches.

Sarah Ammerman, a sophomore outside hitter, leads A&M with 3.95 kills and 4.40 points per game for the full season and 3.97 kills and 4.41 points per game in Big 12 matches only.

Junior middle blocker Lauren Schaefer leads the Buffs with a .347 hitting efficiency in all matches, as well as a .287 hitting efficiency in Big 12 matches only. Sophomore Mallori Gibson leads Colorado with 3.43 kills per game in conference matches.

As a team, A&M is hitting .218 in Big 12 matches only, while Colorado is hitting .179. A&M also leads in kills (14.91 to 13.89), digs (15.84 to 15.06) and blocks per game (3.0 to 2.11) in league play.

A&M owns a 15-8 lead in the all-time series against the Buffs, including an 8-3 record in matches played at G. Rollie. Colorado, however, is 3-1 in the last four meetings, including five-game victories in each of its last two visits to College Station.

Last year, Colorado swept the season series against A&M for the first time since Big 12 play began in 1996. The Buffs defeated A&M, 30-23, 30-28, 30-22, in Boulder on Sept. 27. Colorado then fought off A&M, 25-30, 30-20, 30-28, 22-30, 15-6, in College Station on Oct. 25. It was the eighth five-gamer between the two teams in the last 12 meetings, including the fifth five-game match in the last six matches contested at G. Rollie.

The Aggies take a break from Big 12 action following the Colorado match as they play host to Southland Conference-foe Sam Houston State Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at G. Rollie White Coliseum.