COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M (13-12, 6-7 SEC) looks to avenge an earlier season loss against South Carolina (17-6, 8-5 SEC) on Friday when the Aggies play host to the Gamecocks at Reed Arena. First serve is at 5 p.m., and the match will be streamed on SEC Network + with Casey Richardson and Chelsea Reber calling the action.
Texas A&M, in sixth place in the SEC standings with five matches remaining, is coming off a 3-1 setback at No. 25 Tennessee. The Gamecocks, who topped the Aggies, 3-1, when the teams met in Columbia, South Carolina, on Oct. 7, have won their last two matches, including a 3-2 upset over No. 20 Missouri. South Carolina is in fifth place in the SEC standings, two games ahead of the Aggies.
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TEXAS A&M-SOUTH CAROLINA SERIES HISTORY
· Texas A&M leads the all-time series, 10-2, including 8-2 in SEC matches only.
· In home matches only, the Aggies are 5-0 and have swept all five matches against the Gamecocks in contests played in College Station.
· A&M is 5-2 in matches played at South Carolina.
· The teams most recently met on Oct. 7 in Columbia, where the host Gamecocks defeated A&M, 3-1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 25-14) to end a six-match losing skid in the series against the Aggies.
· The Aggies committed 19 service errors in the loss, marking their most service errors in a four-set match this season.
· A&M led the Gamecocks in kills, 52-47, and assists, 49-44, but also led in attack errors, 24-16, as South Carolina outhit A&M, .272 to .187. A&M also led in aces, 5-4, but committed 10 more service errors than the Gamecocks. Furthermore, A&M led in blocks, 8-7, as well as block errors, 3-1.
· Texas A&M junior outside hitter Hollann Hans led all players with 20 kills, three aces and 24.5 points, and freshman middle blocker London Austin-Roark also reached double-figure kills with 11 while hitting .526. Junior setter Camille Conner dished out 42 assists and also had 10 digs to complete a double-double. Senior libero Amy Houser took team-high honors in digs with 13, and sophomore middle blocker Makena Patterson led the Aggies with four blocks.
· Mikayla Shields led the Gamecocks with 13 kills, and Brittany McLean contributed 10 kills, while libero Aubrey Ezell led all players with 19 digs as South Carolina improved to 7-0 in home matches.
TEXAS A&M NOTES
· With 13 wins on the season, A&M already has three more wins then it totaled in the entire 2017 season.
· A&M has played 102 sets this season with five matches remaining. The Aggies played 88 total sets in the entire 2017 season.
· Three of A&M’s five 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.
· Five of A&M’s seven conference losses have been in five-set matches. The other two losses were in four sets.
· 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.
· Six of A&M’s nine matches in October were decided in five sets, including a streak of five consecutive five-set matches.
· When there were seven conference matches remaining in the season, A&M had already played a program-record eight SEC five-set matches, surpassing the previous record of six five-set matches played in both the 2012 and 2014 SEC seasons.
· For the season, A&M is 3-7 in five set matches, 4-3 in four-set matches and 6-2 in three-set matches.
· In SEC matches only, A&M is 3-5 in five-set matches, 1-2 in four-set matches and 2-0 in three-set matches.
· Texas A&M is 5-4 in home matches, including 3-3 in SEC home matches.
· A&M is outhitting its opponents, .229 to .205 in all matches but is being outhit, .229 to .227 in SEC matches only.
· A&M fell two spots to No. 88 in the most recent NCAA RPI (rating percentage index), released on Monday.
TEXAS A&M IN THE SEC
· Texas A&M is in sixth place in the SEC standings with a 6-7 conference record.
· A&M was picked to finish eighth in the SEC in 2018, according to a preseason poll of the league’s head coaches.
· Texas A&M junior outside hitter Hollann Hans was named to the nine-member 2018 Preseason All-SEC Team, as voted on by the league’s head coaches.
· All six of A&M’s SEC wins this season have been against teams that were predicted to finish above the Aggies, according to the preseason poll. A&M has two 3-2 victories against Georgia as well as a 3-2 win at LSU. Both of those teams tied for fourth in the preseason poll. The Aggies also have two wins against Auburn, which was picked to finish sixth, and a sweep against Arkansas, picked to finish seventh.
· A&M went 7-11 in conference matches last season to finish in ninth place in the SEC.
· With five matches remaining, A&M needs one more win to equal the number of SEC wins it had last season.
· A&M’s best season in the SEC was 2015, when the Aggies, despite dropping their conference season opener to Arkansas, went 16-2 to capture the SEC title, A&M’s first conference championship in program history.
· In their inaugural SEC season opener, the Aggies defeated Ole Miss on Sept. 14, 2012, at Reed Arena, marking Texas A&M’s first SEC victory in any sport. The Aggies went on to finish 16-4, winning the SEC Western Division and placing second overall.
· Texas A&M is 83-40 (.675) all-time in SEC matches only.
· The Aggies are 43-19 (.694) all-time in SEC home matches and 40-21 (.656) in SEC away matches.
AGGIE PLAYER NOTES
· Hollann Hans became the 19th player in program history to join the Aggies’ 1,000-kills club on Sunday, posting 14 kills at Tennessee to give her 1,010 for her career.
· 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 18.5 points to break the school record of 319.0 points in an SEC season set by Alisia Kastmo in 2012.
· Hans has 506.5 points this season and needs 33 more to 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.
· Hans ranks sixth in the all-time season records with 48 aces. She needs two more aces to move into a tie for fifth with Farah Mensik, who had 50 aces in 1997. Chris Zogata holds the record with 59 set in 1983.
· Despite A&M playing a record-setting 10 five-set matches, Hans ranks second in the SEC and is 11th in the nation with 5.12 points per set.
· Hans is second in the SEC with 5.19 points per set in SEC matches only.
· Hans also is second in the SEC and ninth in the nation with 0.48 aces per set in all matches.
· She leads the SEC with 0.55 aces per set in conference matches only.
· Hans is third in the SEC and 23rd in the nation with 4.36 kills per set.
· She ranks fourth in the SEC with 4.31 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 12 matches and in 22 of 24 matches played.
· She has reached the 20-kill milestone a team-high 12 times, including in eight of the last 12 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 accomplished in 2013.
· Her eight aces against Georgia are the most by an SEC player in a conference match this season and her 32 kills against Florida ties for first.
· Hans has served at least one ace in 13 of the last 14 matches and in 20 of 24 matches played in 2018.
· She has a school-record 32 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 73 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 (2.58 dps) for the full season and in SEC matches only (2.81 dps)
· Hans proved she also can block as she recorded a career-high and match-high eight blocks at Missouri. Her career-high three block solos are the most in a match by an A&M player this season, and it 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.
· Conner is the only player who has appeared in all 102 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 10.09 assists per set for the full season and is fourth in the league with 9.90 assists per set in SEC play only.
· Conner is second on the team and tied for fourth in the SEC with six double-doubles in SEC matches only.
· She is second on the team and is tied for seventh in the SEC with nine double-doubles in all matches.
· 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.
· 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.
· Houser has reached double-figure digs in 17 consecutive matches and 22 matches overall this season.
· Houser has tallied 20 or more digs in a team-leading six matches.
· Houser is ninth in the league with 3.84 digs per set for the full season and ninth in the SEC with 3.78 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 548 service receptions. She also has a team-best .964 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 25 matches, leads A&M with 0.91 blocks per set in conference matches only.
· She also leads A&M with 0.81 blocks per set in all matches.
· Austin-Roark hit .600 with 10 kills and one error in 15 attempts at Tennessee on Sunday. It is the highest hitting percentage (minimum 10 kills) by an A&M player this season.
· 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 .340 hitting percentage in conference matches only.
· After having appeared in only one match over the first nine matches of the season, sophomore pin hitter Samantha Sanders has appeared in each of the last 16 matches.
· Against Tennessee on Sunday, Sanders played outside hitter and had a career-high 14 kills, tying for team-high honors. It was her fifth double-digit kill performance of the season.
· 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 25 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, has started each of the last three matches at opposite hitter. It marks the first starts of her A&M career.
· Junior Brookah Palmer has appeared in all 25 matches. Against Tennessee, she played back row for Sanders.
· Freshmen defensive specialist Taylor Voss has seen action in each of the last 22 matches, typically coming in to serve for a middle blocker.
· Freshman middle blocker Mallory Talbert drew the starting nod at Tennessee. It was her first start in an SEC match and her sixth start overall.
· 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.
SOUTH CAROLINA QUICK HITS
· South Carolina (17-6, 8-5 SEC) is No. 26 in the NCAA RPI rankings released on Monday.
· The Gamecocks are receiving votes in the AVCA Top 25 and are listed 29th.
· The Gamecocks are in fifth place in the SEC standings after having won their last two matches, a 3-2 victory over No. 20 Missouri and a 3-1 win against Auburn.
· Mikayla Shields led the Gamecocks with 13 kills and hit .385 in the victory against Auburn. Mikayla Robinson hit .368 with 10 kills, and Brittany McLean added 11 kills.
· South Carolina leads the SEC with 1.63 aces per set for the full season.
· Senior libero Aubrey Ezell leads the SEC and entered the weekend ranked second in the nation with 0.68 aces per set.
· The Gamecocks are outhitting their opponents, .243 to .209, for the full season.
· Mikayla Robinson leads the team and is eighth in the SEC with a .321 hitting percentage in SEC matches only.
· South Carolina is 8-4 in 3-set matches, 6-1 in 4-set matches and 3-1 in 5-set matches.
· Tom Mendoza became the 13th head coach in Gamecock volleyball’s 46-year history on Jan. 3, 2018. Mendoza spent 2016 and 2017 as head coach at High Point University, where he led the Panthers to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances.
Texas A&M concludes a two-match homestand on Sunday at 2 p.m. against Ole Miss. It will be Military Appreciation Day.
· Military Appreciation Match:
o Two FREE tickets for active and retired military and personnel in advance and on gameday. Additional tickets are $3 each.
· Giveaway: Limited Edition Patriotic Adidas Hat Giveaway for first 100 fans at main entrance
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Texas A&M Aggies (13-12, 6-7 SEC) vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (17-6, 8-5 SEC)
Friday, Nov. 9, 5 p.m.
College Station, Texas
Stream: SEC Network +
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