COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M vs. No. 5 Florida
Sunday, Nov. 3
1 p.m., Reed Arena
College Station, Texas
Live Audio/Stats: AggieAthletics.com
Live Mobile Stats: tamustats.com
In-Game Updates: Twitter.com/AggieVolleyball
Promotions: $3 admission with A&M-UTEP football ticket; 300 free pizza rolls at end of match
Texas A&M Hosts No. 5 Florida Sunday on ESPNU
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M concludes a three-match home stand as the Aggies play host to defending Southeastern Conference champion and fifth-ranked Florida Sunday at Reed Arena. First serve is at 1 p.m., and the match will be nationally televised on ESPNU with Sam Gore and Jennifer Hoffman calling the action.
Fans will be admitted for only $3 by presenting a ticket from Saturday’s Texas A&M-UTEP football game. In addition, 300 pizza rolls will be given away at the conclusion of the match.
Texas A&M (11-9, 3-6 SEC) faced the top hitting team in the nation in a 3-0 (25-17, 29-27, 25-20) loss to SEC-leader and 11th-ranked Missouri on Sunday, and now the Aggies take on the No. 2 hitting team in the country, Florida (20-2 overall, 9-1 SEC entering a Friday contest at LSU). The Aggies, led by senior triple-threat setter Allie Sawatzky and sophomore middle blocker Shelby Sullivan, who tied her career high with 16 kills while hitting a personal-best .682 against Missouri look to avenge a 3-2 loss to the Gators last year at Reed and a 3-0 loss at Florida earlier this season.
Florida, which enters the week hitting .334 for the year as well as a league-leading .334 in SEC matches only, rebounded from a 3-1 loss at Missouri on Oct. 20 with back-to-back sweeps against both Auburn and Tennessee last weekend in Gainesville. The Gators have never lost to A&M in eight previous meetings.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
• The match will be televised on ESPNU and can also been seen on WatchESPN with Sam Gore calling the play-by-play and Jennifer Hoffman providing color commentary
• Free audio of all A&M home matches is available at AggieAthletics.com with Chelsea Reber and Casey Richardson calling the action
• Live stats will be available on AggieAthletics.com and can also be viewed on mobile devices at tamustats.com
• Updates and other information can be found by following AggieVolleyball on Twitter.com
The Aggies begin a challenging stretch in which they play three road matches over a six-day span. A&M plays at Mississippi State for the first time in program history on Friday, Nov. 8 and then faces Ole Miss in Oxford on Sunday, Nov. 10 before taking on rival LSU in a Wednesday night match in Baton Rouge, La., on Nov. 13. A&M will play a total of five matches over 10 days as the Aggies then return home to host Tennessee on Friday, Nov. 15 and Auburn on Sunday, Nov. 17.
Sophomore Shelby Sullivan paced Texas A&M last week, posting back-to back career kill performances as the Aggies came back to defeat Arkansas, 3-1 (27-29, 25-20, 25-23, 25-22), and then fell to No. 11 Missouri, 3-0. The 6-2 middle blocker was nearly flawless as she had a personal-best 16 kills in consecutive matches while hitting a combined .612 with only two errors.
Allie Sawatzky posted her league-leading 14th double-double of the season against Arkansas with 10 kills and 47 assists, and sophomore opposite hitter Sierra Patrick reached the 20-kill mark for the fourth time this season to lead all A&M attackers.
Defensively, Aggie redshirt freshman middle blocker Jazzmin Babers, second in the SEC with 1.28 blocks per set for the full season and a 1.34 block average in conference matches only, spearheaded the Aggies’ block with five as A&M outblocked Arkansas 10-5. Freshman defensive specialist Victoria Arenas had a career-high 20 digs and senior Heather Reynolds collected 16 digs as she was the designated libero for the first time in her career.
Against Missouri, Babers once again led all players with five blocks and also joined Sullivan with double-figure kills as she tied her career high with 10 while hitting at a .529 clip. Arenas led the Aggies in digs with 13.
TEXAS A&M TEAM NOTES
• Texas A&M ranks third in the SEC and 16th in the nation with 14.38 kills per set for the full season. The Aggies also are third in the league and 17th in the country with 13.42 assists per set.