A&M sweeps Siena No. 16
Published: Friday, September 13, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 13, 2013 00:09
The Texas A&M volleyball team (7-1) opened at Reed Arena on Thursday night, topping Siena and No. 16 Florida State in the Texas A&M Invitational in two 3-0 sweeps.
The Aggies started fast against Siena, quickly tallying a 1-0 lead over the Saints in the first set by a score of 25-14. A stout A&M squad totaled five blocks in the set — three from sophomore middle blocker Shelby Sullivan, part of her career-high six blocks in the match — and outhit the Saints .250 to .045.
The second set would prove closer as the Aggies edged the Saints, 25-23. Senior outside hitter Ashley Vrana contributed six kills in the set for a career-high 10 kills in two sets. A&M would never trail in the third and final set, closing the match with a 25-17 set victory and a 3-0 sweep of Siena.
The Aggies outhit Sienna .323 during the set and only committed 13 attack errors.According to A&M head coach Laurie Corbelli, nerves played a key role in A&M’s early edginess.
“We didn’t have a lot of energy,” Corbelli said. “I don’t know what caused it. They wanted to have it. They talked about it. I suppose it was mostly nerves, and I’m really glad that match happened because we needed to spend an hour and a half out there getting that out.”
The team then took on Florida State. The first two sets featured over 30 ties and lead changes, with a final score of 27-25, Aggies. In third set, A&M fell behind 5-1, but finished with a third set score of 25-21, upsetting No. 18 Florida State.
The Aggies had 54 kills in the match compared to the Seminoles 45, and shot a .234 as a team compared to .194 from Florida. Angela Lowack led in kills with a total of 14, followed by Sierra Patrick who contributed 11 kills.
The Aggies finish their tournament Friday at 7 p.m. against No.7 Michigan, a team that has only lost one set all season and stands at 5-0 overall. A victory against Michigan would win the Aggie Invitational championship for the squad.