COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Texas A&M volleyball team opens its spring exhibition season Saturday at the second annual F.A.S.T. Spring College Tournament at the F.A.S.T. Complex in Houston.
The Aggies are scheduled to play four matches during the one-day tournament. They open against TCU at 9 a.m. followed by a noon contest against Sam Houston State. A&M faces former Big 12 Conference foe Baylor at 1 p.m. and concludes the tournament against Wichita State at 3 p.m. The complete schedule is attached.
The F.A.S.T. Complex is located at 15400 Hempstead Road. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens.
Other teams competing in the 20-team field include defending national champion Texas, Central Arkansas, Houston, Louisiana, Montana, North Texas, Rice, SMU, Stephen F. Austin, UTPA, UTSA, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Tulane, as well as Southeastern Conference rival LSU.
Laurie Corbelli, who is entering her 21st season as head coach of the Aggies, returns only two starters – seniors-to-be Allie Sawatzky (setter) and Heather Reynolds (outside hitter) – from the 2012 team that won the Southeastern Conference Western Division and finished 25-6 after advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championship. She is needing to replace four of last year’s starters: AVCA Honorable Mention All-Americans Alisia Kastmo (opposite hitter) and Lindsey Miller, a middle blocker who started every match during her four-year career, Tori Mellinger (outside hitter) and Stephanie Minnerly (middle blocker), as well as Megan Pendergast, who was the designated libero in every match last season.
In addition to Sawatzky and Reynolds, Corbelli welcomes the return of four other experienced upperclassmen and a plethora of young, versatile talent, as well as the addition of newcomer Victoria Arenas, a libero who graduated high school early and enrolled at A&M in January.
2013 Texas A&M Volleyball Spring Schedule:
Date Tournament Venue Location
March 23 F.A.S.T. Spring College Tournament F.A.S.T. Complex Houston
April 6 Texas A&M Spring Invitational G. Rollie White Coliseum College Station
April 20 Lone Star Classic College Showcase Dallas Convention Center Dallas