Texas A&M Faces No. 25 Tennessee in Knoxville; Hans Goes for 1,000th Kill

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M (13-11, 6-6 SEC) concludes a three-match road swing and junior outside hitter Hollann Hans aims for her 1,000th career kill when the Aggies take on the 25th-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols (19-5, 10-2 SEC) Sunday in Knoxville. First serve is at 4 p.m. (5 p.m. ET) at Thompson-Boling Arena, and the match will be televised on ESPNU.

Texas A&M is coming off a 3-1 victory at Auburn on Wednesday in which Hans had 24 kills to give her 996 for her career. The match ended the Aggies’ stretch of five consecutive five-set matches played and also snapped A&M’s four-match losing skid.

Tennessee is riding a five-match winning streak, a streak that began with a 3-2 victory at Texas A&M on Oct. 19. The Lady Vols, whose only two conference losses have been to league-leader Kentucky, are coming off a 3-1 (21-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-23) victory at Ole Miss on Friday, putting Tennessee in a tie with Florida for second place in the SEC standings.

Volleyball fans across the nation will be tuned into the match as the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee reveals a top 10 listing during the match. The reveal will give a first glance at potential teams competing for top seed positions in the upcoming 2018 Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship tournament.


· Texas A&M holds a 10-7 lead in the all-time series, which began in 1982.

· A&M leads, 8-2, in SEC matches only

· A&M has never lost an SEC match in Knoxville, where the Aggies are 4-0 since joining the league in 2012.

· A&M is 5-3 all-time in contests held in Knoxville.

· A&M is 5-3 against Tennessee in matches played in College Station, including 4-2 in SEC matches only.

· In the most recent meeting, Tennessee held on to a 3-2 (25-23, 22-25, 25-21, 24-26, 15-12) victory against Texas A&M on Oct. 19 in College Station to snap an eight-match losing skid against the Aggies. It was the Lady Vols’ first victory over the Aggies since Oct. 19, 2012, at Reed Arena in the teams’ first meeting as SEC foes.

· In the most recent meeting, A&M outside hitter Hollann Hans led all players with 22 kills as well as a personal-best 21 digs to record the only 20-20 of her career. Outside hitter Brookah Palmer had a double-double with 15 kills and 10 digs, and setter Camille Conner also added a double-double with 54 assists and 12 digs and also contributed a match-high and career-high seven blocks. Opposite hitter Samantha Sanders pitched in 11 kills to tie her season high. A&M libero Amy Houser and defensive specialist Allison Fields finished with 14 digs apiece.

· Tessa Grubbs, who returned to the lineup for the first time since Sept. 28, led the Lady Vols with 19 kills, and Erica Treiber and Addisyn Rowe added 12 kills each.

· Tennessee narrowly outhit A&M, .202 to .195. A&M led in kills (66-61), but committed a season-high 30 attack errors. The Aggies also led in assists (65-57), digs (80-76), and blocks, 11 to 9.5.

· A&M, playing its second consecutive five-set match and it fifth five-setter in SEC play, took an 11-10 lead in the final set, but A&M’s 12th service error of the night tied the score for the final time and marked the start of a 4-0 run that put the Lady Vols at match point, 14-11. Hans kept A&M alive with a kill, but Grubbs answered with a kill to seal the win for Tennessee.


· Texas A&M is in sixth place in the SEC standings with a 6-6 conference record.

· With 13 wins on the season, A&M already has three more wins then it totaled in the entire 2017 season.

· Three of A&M’s four matches against ranked opponents have been decided in five sets, including narrow 3-2 SEC losses against No. 11 Florida, No. 15 Kentucky and No. 24 Missouri.

· A&M has played a program-record 10 five-set matches in 2018, breaking the previous record of nine five-set matches played in 1988, 2005, 2010 and 2014.

· The 3-1 victory at Auburn on Wednesday ended a streak of five consecutive five-set matches played by the Aggies.

· With six conference matches remaining, A&M has already played a program-record eight SEC five-set matches this season, surpassing the previous record of six five-set matches played in both the 2012 and 2014 SEC seasons.

· Five of A&M’s six conference losses have been in five-set matches.

· A&M has played 98 sets this season and has already surpassed the 88 total sets played in the entire 2017 season.

· For the season, A&M is 6-2 in three-set matches, 4-2 in four-set matches and 3-7 in five set matches.

· In SEC matches only, A&M is 2-0 in three-set matches, 1-1 in four-set matches and 3-5 in five-set matches.

· Texas A&M is 3-3 in SEC away matches and 3-7 in all true road matches this season.

· A&M is outhitting its opponents, .229 to .199 in all matches and .226 to .220 in SEC matches only.

· A&M fell from 78 to 86 in the most recent NCAA RPI (rating percentage index), released on Monday.


· Hollann Hans has 996 career kills and needs only four more kills to become the 19th player in program history to join the Aggies’ 1,000-Kills Club.

· Hans has broken a combined 12 A&M career, season and match records this season and is on pace to break at least six more. (See Hans’ individual player page for complete list of records broken and records approaching.)

· Hans needs only 34 points to give her 319.5 points in the SEC season and break the school record of 319.0 points set by Alisia Kastmo in 2012.

· Hans needs 49 points to give her 540 points for the full season and break the school record for points in a season during the 25-point scoring era. The record is currently held by Kelsey Black, who had 491 points in 2010.

· Although A&M has played in a record-setting 10 five-set matches, Hans continues to lead the SEC and is 12th in the nation with 5.17 points per set.

· Hans leads the SEC with 5.29 points per set in SEC matches only.

· Hans is second in the SEC and ninth in the nation with 0.46 aces per set.

· She leads the SEC with 0.57 aces per set in conference matches only.

· Hans is third in the SEC and 19th in the nation with 4.40 kills per set.

· She ranks fourth in the SEC with 4.37 kills per set in league play.

· Hans leads the SEC with nine double-doubles in conference matches and is tied for first in the league with 13 double-doubles for the full season.

· Hans has posted double-figure kills in each of the last 11 matches and in 21 of 23 matches played.

· She has reached the 20-kill milestone a team-high 12 times, including in eight of the last 11 matches.

· Hans recorded the first 20-20 of her career with match highs of 22 kills and 21 digs against Tennessee on Oct. 19.

· Her 32 kills and 34 points at No. 11 Florida (10/5) are school records in the 25-point scoring era and broke the previous record which she held with 28 kills and 32.5 points against Penn State in 2017.

· Hans also set a school record with eight aces against Georgia on Sept. 23, breaking the previous A&M all-time record of six, reached 12 times, most recently on August 30, 2013, by Allie Sawatzky against South Dakota State.

· Her 32 kills and 34 points against Florida and her eight aces against Georgia are the most by an SEC player in a conference match this season

· Hans has served at least one ace in 12 of the last 13 matches.

· She has a school-record 31 aces in the SEC season, breaking the previous school record of 24 aces in an SEC season, which she set last year.

· Hans, only a junior, already has a school-record 72 aces in her SEC career, shattering the previous record of 46 set by Shelby Sullivan (2012-15).

· She is second on the team in digs per set, and she proved she also can block as she recorded a career-high and match-high eight blocks—including a career-high three solo blocks—at Missouri on Sunday. Her three block solos are the most in a match by an A&M player this season and ties the A&M record for most solo blocks in a five-set SEC match.

· Sophomore setter Camille Conner and freshman middle blocker London Austin-Roark are the only two A&M players who have started every match this season.

· Team captain Amy Houser, the only senior on the team, has started every match as the designated libero and has played the position in all but one set.

· Conner is the only player who has appeared in all 98 sets.

· Conner is the only player in the SEC to record a triple-double this season.

· Conner had 46 assists and career highs of 13 kills and 18 digs, as well as a personal-best .385 hitting efficiency when posting 10 or more kills, in the Aggies’ 3-2 win at LSU on Sept. 30. It was Conner’s second triple-double of her career, as she was one of only two players in the SEC to accomplish the feat in 2017, having tallied 12 kills, 12 digs and 43 assists against No. 5 Penn State (Sept. 2, 2017).

· Conner came within one dig of posting a triple-double in the 3-2 victory against Georgia on Sept. 23.

· Conner is third in the SEC with 10.16 assists per set for the full season and is fourth in the league with 10.02 assists per set in SEC play only.

· Conner is second on the team and is tied for seventh in the SEC with nine double-doubles in all matches.

· She is second on the team and tied for fourth in the SEC with six double-doubles in SEC matches only.

· Conner has started every match and played in every set in her two-year career.

· Conner needs four assists to reach 1,000 assists for the season.

· Senor libero Amy Houser has reached double-figure digs in 16 consecutive matches and 21 matches overall this season.

· Houser has tallied 20 or more digs in a team-leading six matches.

· Houser is eighth in the league with 3.86 digs per set for the full season. She is ninth in the SEC with 3.80 digs per set in SEC matches only.

· Houser’s point-saving play at set point in the third set at Georgia on Oct. 14 was No. 5 on ESPN SportCenter’s Top 10 plays of the day and was NCAA Volleyball’s No. 2 play of the week.

· Houser recorded the first double-double of her career in the 3-2 win at LSU (Sept. 30), posting a career-high 11 assists and tying her career best with a match-high 24 digs.

· Houser has a team-high 508 service receptions. She also has a team-best .967 service reception percentage among players who have at least 15 reception attempts.

· Houser had a match-high 19 digs in the three-set victory over Arkansas, tying a school record for most digs by an A&M player in a three-set SEC match.

· Middle blocker London Austin-Roark, who has started all 24 matches, leads A&M with 0.94 blocks per set in conference matches only.

· She also leads A&M with 0.82 blocks per set in all matches.

· Austin-Roark had a career-high nine blocks against Georgia on Sept. 23. It still is the most blocks by an A&M player this season.

· Sophomore middle blocker Makena Patterson leads A&M and is ranked sixth in the SEC with a .342 hitting percentage in conference matches only.

· After having appeared in only one match over the first nine matches of the season, sophomore opposite hitter Samantha Sanders has appeared in each of the last 15 matches. She tied her season high and recorded her fourth double-digit kill performance of the season with 11 kills against Tennessee (10/19).

· Sophomore Morgan Davis was the unsung hero in the win at Georgia. Davis, who has trained only at opposite hitter this season, subbed in at middle blocker late in the fourth set against the Bulldogs and finished the match with four kills­—including a team-leading three kills in the decisive five set—without an error to hit .800 for the match.

· Freshman defensive specialist Allison Fields, who played libero in the final set in the sweep against Nicholls, has started 20 of 24 matches and has posted double-figure digs 10 times, including a career-high 20 digs against Missouri State.

· Junior Sydnye Fields, a transfer from North Carolina, made the first two starts of her A&M career at Missouri on Sunday and at Auburn on Wednesday.

· Freshmen defensive specialist Taylor Voss has seen action in each of the last 21 matches, typically coming in to serve for a middle blocker.

· Freshmen middle blockers London Austin-Roark and Mallory Talbert and freshman lefty setter Kaitlyn Rogers all graduated high school early and participated in A&M spring drills and also went on the team’s foreign training tour to Europe in May.


· Tennessee (19-5, 10-2 SEC) is riding a five-match winning streak after defeating Ole Miss, 21-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-23, on Friday in Oxford, Miss.

· The Lady Vols, whose only two conference losses have been to league-leading Kentucky, are tied with Florida for second place in the SEC standings and are No. 30 in the NCAA RPI.

· On Monday, the Lady Vols entered the AVCA Top 25 for the first time since 2012, coming in at No. 25.

· The Lady Vols are 11-1 in home matches and 6-4 in true road matches.

· Tennessee leads the SEC with 13.90 kills per set for the full season and 14.24 kills per set in SEC matches only.

· Senior middle hitter Erica Treiber is second in the SEC with a .400 hitting percentage while averaging 2.86 kills per set in all matches

· Junior outside hitter Tessa Grubbs is the reigning SEC Player of the Week after averaging 5.13 kills per set and totaling 41 kills for the week, including a career-high 27-kill performance in a come-from-behind victory against Georgia.

· Addisyn Rowe is the reigning defensive player of the week.

· Eva Rackham is in her first season as a head coach. She came to Tennessee from North Carolina, where she spent nine seasons as an assistant coach for the Tar Heels.

· Rackham, who coached Texas A&M transfer middle blocker Sydnye Fields at UNC, was the 2014 AVCA Assistant Coach of the Year.


· 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.