Two-loss SEC weekend sets A&M back
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 22:10
Texas A&M Volleyball (9-5, 1-2) experienced a setback over the weekend as it would finish the road trip winless, falling to No. 3 Florida (14-1, 3-0) in straight sets on Friday and losing to South Carolina (10-6, 2-2), 3-1 on Sunday.
“There are so many emotions at play and so much newness with our team that I think in situations like this, it was real similar to Colorado State, just an incredibly tough environment to play in,” said head coach Laurie Corbelli. “It’s still really hard to see your team not be able to get into their game.”
In set one at South Carolina, the Aggies were unable to get into rhythm and committed four attack errors in the first set. The Aggies would never lead in the set, and fell 25-23.
Set two continued the same trend as South Carolina never trailed in the set. The Aggies committed two service errors and fell in the set, 25-20.
“We just didn’t put up the numbers at all,” Corbelli said. “That is the disappointing part, but I really believe in this team.”
The Aggies earned their only set win in set three, but lost the fourth, 14-10.
Senior Allie Sawatzky would add her fourth triple-double of the season, with 10 kills, 40 assists and 10 digs. Freshman Jazzmin Babers and sophomore Shelby Sullivan tied their career highs in kills with 13 and 10. The loss was A&M’s first ever against South Carolina and brought the series record to 4-1.
“I know we are going to rebound,” Corbelli said. “I feel sorry for the next team, because we are going to fight to get back to normal and even better right away.”
A&M began the weekend with a trip to Gainesville, Fla., where they were swept 25-9, 25-23, and 25-17. In the match, the Aggies would only lead once in the second set. The Aggies were led by sophomore Sierra Patrick who would be the only Aggie to get double-digit kills with 11.
The Aggies will be back in Reed Arena for their next two games. On Wednesday, the Aggies will face the LSU Tigers at 7 p.m. Freshmen can get in free by wearing their “Fish Camp” T-shirts, and ESPNU will televise the event. The Aggies will close out the week against the Mississippi State Bull Dogs at 7 p.m. Friday.