Texas A&M battles in spring match against Texas

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M battled but ultimately fell 3-0 to Texas in a spring exhibition volleyball match at Reed Arena.

“There were good things and good moments overall,” said Texas A&M head coach Laura “Bird” Kuhn. “We gave our team a challenge to accomplish two-of-three goals going into the match. We wanted to out-dig them, hold their passing to a 2.5 on a four-point scale and our primary passers to rate above a 2.5. They beat the challenge.”

Texas A&M (2-2-1 this spring) held the Longhorns to a 2.21 rating on passing, and out-dug Texas, 30-28. Allison Fields had a team-high 12 digs.

Haley Slocum, normally a backup setter and defensive specialist, added six digs and two kills, playing a new position.

“Haley Slocum impressed me today,” added Kuhn. “We asked her to step in and play outside hitter, and she became the glue. She was smart with the ball, and hit the highest percentage on her pin. For someone who hasn’t done that all spring, she came in and was solid.”

Camille Conner led Texas A&M with team-highs of 18 assists and a .429 (3K-0E-7A) hitting percentage. She added in four digs.

Fresh off of a 23-5 fall season and a trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals, Texas (2-0 this spring) was led by Logan Eggleston, who had 14 kills on 25 attempts.

The Longhorns won the first set, 25-16 and took the second set 25-17.

Texas A&M hit its highest percentage of the match, .265, in the third set, and trailed only 23-20 before Texas took the last two points of the set, winning the clinching set 25-20.

The Aggies conclude their spring on Wednesday, April 17, hosting Baylor at 6:30 p.m.