A&M braces for No. 3 Florida, SEC road trip
Aggies face tests with first league away games
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013 22:10
The Texas A&M volleyball team (9-3, 1-0 SEC) will travel to Gainesville, Fla., on Friday to face the third-ranked Florida Gators (13-1, 2-0 SEC). For the Aggies, the match marks their first road conference game of the season, as well as their first game against a Top-5 team.
Senior captain Allie Sawatzky said the difficulties associated with league road games is a factor that won’t faze her and the team. Sawatzky said she is looking forward to the hostile Florida environment as just another step into the season.
“We are going to do the best we can and we are going to do our own game,” Sawatzky said. “We are focusing on ourselves right now, not so much on the
Last year, the Gators secured the Southeastern Conference championship and return the reigning SEC Player of the Year in senior middle blocker Chloe Mann and Freshman of the Year Živa Recek.
Senior setter Mariah Arge said shutting down a dangerous outside hitter such as Recek will be crucial for the Aggies to contain Florida’s scoring opportunities.
“They have to go to outside [hitter] that they like to rely on,” Arge said. “Taking out her way to shine will be pivotal.”
In last year’s match, Florida secured the win even after the Aggies forced the Gators to a full five sets. The Aggies are winless in seven attempts against Florida. In order for the Aggies to upset the Gators, head coach Laurie Corbelli said the team needs to work within its system.
“Well we need to be ‘in system’ as much as possible,” Corbelli said. “We are very hard to stop ‘in system. Our ball control and ball handling to our setter is really
The Aggies are coming off a 3-0 sweep of their first conference opponent, Georgia, at Reed Arena. Sophomore outside hitter Sierra Patrick said A&M is looking to keep positive momentum going into
“I think for sure [the Georgia win] is going to transition over positively,” Patrick said. “Whenever you play well, your teammates hold you accountable and you don’t want to let them down.”
Corbelli said the volleyball squad views away games as a challenge that, with teamwork, can be overcome.
“I don’t think being on the road is bad,” Corbelli said. “It’s got its challenges, but in many ways it is a luxury because you get everyone together and it gives us a sense of unity.”
Following the Florida match, A&M will finish its weekend road trip with a game against South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. The Aggies will return home Wednesday where they will take on the LSU Tigers at