TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Texas A&M closed out the road portion of its season schedule with a 25-23, 27-25, 25-18 victory over Alabama tonight at Foster Auditorium.
It was the second consecutive road win for the Aggies, who improve to 16-13, including 9-8 in Southeastern Conference matches. Alabama, which defeated A&M, 3-2, when the teams met earlier this season at Reed Arena in College Station, falls to 19-12 overall and 6-11 in SEC play.
Sophomore setter Camille Conner dished out 38 assists, the most in a three-set match this season, and she also connected on nine kills while directing an offense that outhit Alabama, .318 to .158. Her 38 assists gave her 1,213 assists for the season, breaking the A&M record for assists in a season in the 25-point rally scoring era, breaking the previous record of 1,187 set by Allie Sawatzky in 2011.
Junior outside hitter Hollann Hans was Conner’s primary target, as she finished with a match-high 19 kills while hitting .429. It was Hans’ 16th consecutive match to reach double-figure kills. She also added 12 digs to complete her SEC-leading 11th double-double of the season.
A&M senior libero Amy Houser reached double-digit digs for the 21st consecutive match as she recorded a match-high 13 digs. She now has 460 digs for the season and needs only eight more to break the A&M record of 467 digs in a season in the 25-point rally scoring era, which Tori Mellinger set in 2010.
Freshman defensive specialist Allison Fields had both of A&M’s aces to tie her career high, and freshman middle blocker Mallory Talbert tied Hans for the match-high in blocks with three.
Talbert, junior outside hitter Brookah Palmer and junior opposite hitter Sydnye Fields contributed seven kills apiece as A&M led Alabama in kills, 50-30.
Doris Carter led the Crimson Tide with nine kills.
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach Laura “Bird” Kuhn
“We earned points tonight in transition, and that shows the fight and resilience of this team. Camille [Conner] had a huge impact with her attack mentality. When she plays that way she opens everyone up and is able to get one on ones.
“Balance and consistency are what we work towards daily. I’m proud of the fight and finish tonight.”
A&M closes out the season against LSU, Friday at noon at Reed Arena. It will be Senior Day, and lone senior and team captain Amy Houser will be honored following the match.
Several promotions will be offered for what will be a full day of action at Reed with A&M women’s and men’s basketball also hosting games:
o FREE Friday: Bring your 11/24 football game ticket to receive FREE admission.
o Bring Your “A” Game: Show your report card with an “A” (or equivalent mark) to receive FREE ADMISSION. Only available as a walk-up sale on the day of the event. No advance purchases.
o Tripleheader (VB, WBB, MBB): Fans are encouraged to stay for all three events with their purchased ticket, which serves as a GA ticket to the non-purchased games.
o Tripleheader Giveaway: Texas A&M wrapping paper to be given out at the main entrance 12th Man marketing table in Reed Arena all day long.
o Concessions Special: Half-off Aggie nachos
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