Texas A&M Sweeps Missouri to Close Regular Season
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Texas A&M volleyball swept Missouri (25-17, 25-16, 22-23) Sunday afternoon at the Hearnes Center. This series closed out regular season play for the 2022 Aggies.
Leading the way for A&M (13-16, 5-13 SEC) was Caroline Meuth and Mia Johnson, as they each logged 12 kills. Elena Karakasi tallied 33 assists in the match, this gave her 1,000 assists on the season, and 3,500 in her collegiate career. Defensively for A&M, Ifenna Cos-Okpalla registered eight total blocks, while Ava underwood led the Aggies alongside Karakasi with 13 digs.
Texas A&M and Missouri (9-17, 2-14 SEC) opened the match tied through nine points. The Aggies went on a three-point run which was finished off by a kill assisted by Karakasi, her 1,000th of the season. A&M held its rhythm as it extended its advantage, 22-15. The Maroon & White continued its push and won the opening set, 25-17.
The Tigers started the second frame with a 6-3 run, but a three-point run from the Aggies had the score tied at six. The Maroon & White continued its momentum and forced a Missouri timeout as A&M led, 13-11. The Aggies continued their onslaught as they closed the set on a 12-5 run, as they won the second frame, 25-16.
Missouri came out fast in the third set as it opened a 7-4 lead which prompted a timeout from Coach Bird. The Tigers extended their lead 15-10, but the Aggies found some momentum and tied together a 4-2 run which forced a Missouri timeout. The Aggies continued their run and scored another three-straight to tie the game at 17. The teams continued their brace to 22, but it was A&M who stole the set and match, 25-23.
Head coach Laura “Bird” Kuhn
Thoughts on the match…
“I’m proud of this group’s response, they fought for each other and really locked in and executed the game plan.”
On this group as a whole…
“This is a special group with a lot of new faces. We had different people step up when their name was called and that is what makes a true team.”
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