Volleyball drops pair of road matches
Published: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 20, 2013 21:10
The Texas A&M volleyball team was on the road this past weekend against Southeastern Conference opponents Alabama on Friday and Auburn on Sunday. The Aggies would finish the road trip winless, marking their fifth loss out of the last six games.
Alabama swept the Aggies in their matchup, despite multiple close sets throughout the game.
In the opening set, there was 20 ties and 8 lead changes but the Crimson Tide won the set 33-31. The Aggies then fell in the next two sets 25-22 and 25-23. Sophomore middle blocker Shelby Sullivan posted a career high in kills at 15 with a .630 hitting percentage.
"It kind of evened things out with both sides attacking behind the setter really well,” head coach Laurie Corbelli said. “We just can’t rely on our middles to take us through the whole season without much production from our outsides.”
After the Alabama game, the Aggies traveled to Auburn lost 3-1, falling in the first set 25-23, winning the second set 25-22 and dropping the next two sets 25-19 and 25-17.
There was seven ties during the opening set, as the Aggies were able to fend off match point three times in the set until Katherine Culwell hit the game winning kill. Sophomore outside hitter Angela Lowak had 5 kills in the set.
During the second set, the Aggies never trailed and were only tied twice in the set. A&M’s serving made the difference as they would hit three aces. Senior setter Allie Sawatzky also notched nine assists in the set.
After an auburn error and a Lowak kill, A&M briefly held its only lead in the third set until the Tigers went on a 5-0 run and never gave up the lead in set three. Sophomore outside hitter Sierra Patrick contributed four kills and a block for the Aggies’ in the set.
In the opening portion of the fourth set, A&M and Auburn had six ties with the last one being at 7-7. Auburn would take the lead, outscoring the Aggies 18-10 the rest of the set to get the match win.
Lowak posted a match high 15 kills. Sawatzky, freshman outside hitter Emily Hardestey, senior defensive specialist Kelsey Kinley, and freshman libero Victoria Arenas each had an ace for a match total of 4 for the aggies. A&M were out hit by Auburn .242 to .183.
The Aggies will return to Reed Arena and host their next three matches there with Arkansas on Friday at 7 p.m. and Missouri on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.