COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M (9-9, 4-4 Big 12) and the Baylor Bears (12-6, 4-4 Big 12) meet in a crucial Big 12 Conference match Friday at G. Rollie White Coliseum. First serve is at 6:30 p.m.
A&M and Baylor are in a three-way tie with Iowa State for fourth place in the Big 12 standings.
It is “Texas A&M Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night” at the Holler House. In addition, many former Aggie volleyball players, including former all-time A&M career kill leaders Sherri Brinkman (1983-85), A&M’s first AVCA all-American, Cheri Steensma (1985-88) and Kristie Smedsrud (1994-97), will be in attendance for a volleyball reunion.
Tickets to the match can be purchased by calling 1-888-99-AGGIE or by going online at 12thManFoundation.com. Tickets also will be available at the G. Rollie White ticket window beginning one hour before the match. General admission tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students/youth. Reserved seats are $9 each.
Live audio, with Matt Simon calling the action, along with statistics and video will be available free at AggieAthletics.com.
The Aggies are coming off a 3-1 (25-13, 23-25, 25-16, 25-18) loss to third-ranked Texas on Wednesday in College Station. The loss snapped A&M’s three-match winning streak.
Baylor lost its third consecutive match and the fourth out of its last five, and No. 2 Nebraska remained undefeated at 18-0 with a 25-14, 25-11, 25-20 victory against the Bears in Lincoln.
Junior outside hitter Mary Batis leads the Aggies and ranks ninth in the Big 12 with 3.42 kills per set for the full season. She also leads the team and ranks 10th in the league with a 3.83 point average. In addition, Batis is A&M’s dig leader with 2.84 per set.
Junior outside hitter Sarah Ammerman leads the team with 0.20 aces per set and ranks second on the squad with 3.09 kills and 3.48 points per set.
Senior middle blocker Darla Donaldson leads the team and is ranked second in the Big 12 with 1.27 blocks per set in Big 12 matches only.
Junior setter Jola Kelner has started the last four matches in place of Kristen Schevikhoven, who has been out with an ankle injury suffered at Colorado. With Kelner running the offense, the Aggies have outhit their opponents a combined .255 to .196 and outblocked them, 2.59 to 1.41.
As a team, A&M is hitting .222 and averaging 13.16 kills, 0.91 aces, 13.93 digs and 2.26 blocks per set for the full season. In Big 12 matches only, A&M is hitting .217 and is second in the league with 2.41 blocks per set. In addition, the Aggies are averaging 12.64 kills, 0.97 aces and 13.36 digs per set in league matches.