KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Texas A&M outside hitter Hollann Hans recorded the 1,000th kill of her career, but the junior's milestone was overshadowed as the Aggies fell to No. 25 Tennessee, 3-1 (25-21, 25-12, 23-25, 25-19) today at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Texas A&M falls to 13-12, including 6-7 in Southeastern Conference matches. Tennessee wins its sixth consecutive match to improve to 20-5 overall and 11-2 in SEC play. The Lady Vols also complete the season-series sweep against A&M, having held off the Aggies in five sets when the teams met earlier this season in College Station.
Texas A&M sophomore outside hitter Samantha Sanders had a career-high 14 kills to tie Hans for team-high honors. Hans, who entered the match needing only four kills to reach the 1,000-kill milestone, reached double-figure kills for the 12th consecutive match and the 22nd time in a match this season. Freshman middle blocker London Austin-Roark also had double-figure kills with 10 while hitting .600.
Senior libero Amy Houser had a match-high 14 digs, marking her 17th consecutive match to finish with 10 or more digs in a match. Sophomore middle blocker Makena Patterson led in blocks with four, and sophomore setter Camille Conner finished with 33 assists.
Tennessee outhit A&M, .358 to .233, and defeated the Aggies for the first time in an SEC match played in Knoxville, where the Aggies were 4-0 since joining the league in 2012. The Lady Vols also led in kills (59-49), assists (53-42), aces (6-4), digs (52-44) and points (70-59). Texas A&M led in blocks, 6-5.
Tessa Grubbs led the Lady Volunteers with 18 kills.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach Laura "Bird" Kuhn
"We need to take the next step in our own development, and that starts with consistent execution. Tennessee is a good team, and we let them control the momentum.
"We were disappointed in our lack of urgency to respond and compete at this point in the season. We have to take advantage of our opportunities to grow as a team."
Texas A&M returns home for a two-match homestand next weekend, playing host to South Carolina on Friday, Nov. 9 and then taking on Ole Miss on Sunday, both at Reed Arena.
The match against the Gamecocks begins at 5 p.m., and it will be Daddy Daughter Night. Details of the event and other specials are available at 12thman.com
The Sunday match against Ole Miss begins at 2 p.m., and it will be Military Appreciation Day.
Set 1 – Tennessee used a 6-0 run to build a 14-10 lead, and the Aggies were unable to regain the lead. A&M, which was outhit, .316 to .278, got within 19-18 following back-to-back kills by Austin-Roark, but the Lady Vols countered with consecutive points to hold onto the lead. The teams traded points before Tennessee had back-to-back kills to be serving for the set, 24-20. Sanders put down her team-leading fifth kill of the set to keep A&M alive before an A&M attack error ended the set.
Set 2 – Tennessee used a 9-1 run to jump out to a 9-2 lead. The Lady Vols, who hit .500 in the set, continued to pull away, building their largest lead at 21-7 following a 4-0 run. A&M scored three unanswered points to get within 21-10, but the Aggies, who hit .129 in the frame, were unable to get any closer before the Lady Vols closed out the 25-12 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Set 3 – Texas A&M used a 6-0 run to take a 12-10 lead, but Tennessee retook the lead and used a 6-2 surge to go up, 16-14. Patterson got a kill and junior defensive specialist Haley Slocum served an ace to start a 6-1 run for the Aggies that gave A&M a 20-17 lead. A&M, which outhit the Lady Vols, .414 to .324, in the frame, held a lead the remainder of the set, with Hans putting down her sixth kill in the set to close out the 25-23 win for the Aggies.
Set 4 – Texas A&M was within 14-13 before Tennessee went on a 9-2 run to build a 22-15 lead. A&M made a late charge, scoring four unanswered points, but the Aggies' scoring came to an end as Tennessee closed out the set and the match on a 3-0 run.