COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M volleyball team captured its own tournament championship, winning the tiebreaker after the Aggies, No. 7 Michigan and No. 16 Florida State finished atop the standings with identical 2-1 records.
Senior setter Allie Sawatzky, who had a triple-double against the seventh-ranked Wolverines, took top individual honors as she was named tournament MVP. In addition, Aggie sophomore outside hitter Angela Lowak and redshirt freshman Jazzmin Babers were named to the all-tournament team.
A&M (7-2), which finished the tournament with an 8-3 (.727) record in total sets played, won the tiebreaker by having the highest ratio for total sets won and lost. Michigan, which fell to No. 16 Florida State, 3-2, in the final match of the tournament to create the three-way tie for first, went 8-5 (.615) in sets played, and the Seminoles were 6-5 (.545). Siena finished in fourth place, having gone 0-3 in matches played.
It was the second consecutive tournament title for A&M, which won the UTSA Classic last weekend in San Antonio.
Sawatzky had an all-around phenomenal match in the narrow 3-2 loss to Michigan, posting a triple-double and leading all players with 16 kills with zero errors in 28 attempts for a .571 hitting percentage. She also added 38 assists and tied her career high with 16 digs against the Wolverines. The 6-2 lefty from St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada, also posted double figure kills against Florida State with 10 and completed a double-double with 36 assists.
For the tournament, the setter led the tournament field with a .417 hitting percentage and tied Michigan setter and all-tournament selection Lexi Dannemiller for the lead with 9.82 assists per set. Sawatzky was fifth among all players with 2.73 kills per set, eighth in points (3.05) per set and 10th in digs (2.55) per set.
Lowak led the Aggies and was third against the tournament field with 3.40 kills per set. She had 14 kills in the sweep against Florida State and posted 12 kills and 14 digs for a double-double against Michigan.
Babers averaged 1.82 blocks per set, second best in the tournament field. She took match-high honors in blocks against Michigan with a career-high 11. Babers tallied six blocks in the sweep against the Seminoles and had three in a sweep against Siena.
The Aggies wrap up non-conference play next week as they travel to Colorado to face the Rams of Colorado State Saturday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. (CT) in Fort Collins and then take on Northern Colorado Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. in Greeley.
A&M opens Southeastern Conference play at Reed Arena, Sunday, September 29 against Georgia.