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Texas A&M volleyball to compete in Yale Classic

Published: Friday, August 31, 2012

Updated: Friday, August 31, 2012 01:08

The Texas A&M volleyball team is set to take part in the Yale Classic this weekend in New Haven, Conn. This marks the first road trip of the season for the Aggies who have opened their season with a 2-1 mark, including head coach Laurie Corbelli’s 500th career victory.

With the celebration over the win almost over, the focus is now on facing Yale University Friday night at
6 p.m.

“Our practices have been so high energy and so completive when we scrimmage,” said senior outside hitter Tori Mellinger.

The Aggies are hoping to gain momentum and experience in the early part of the season as the team begins to gel the experience of its five seniors with the energy from their seven freshmen. The balance of upperclassmen with new, raw talent of the underclassmen tends to bring moments of trial, but as the season goes on, the mistakes begin to minimize and the identity of the team begins to form.

“I think if we can find a way to get the consistency that we’re looking for we’ll be ok,” said senior middle blocker
Lindsey Miller.

The Aggies will be facing Yale Univeristy, Stony Brook University and American University during the tournament. A&M has never before faced Yale or Stony Brook but has defeated American 3-1 back in September 2008 when the Aggies beat the Eagles in the Texas A&M Invitational at G. Rollie White Coliseum. Yale and American are coming into this season after appearing in the NCAA tournament last year. While the Aggies made the tournament by obtaining an at-large bid, Yale is the two-time defending Ivy League Champion, and American is the two-time Patriot League Champion looking to make the tournament this year.

So far this season, A&M finished in second place behind fifth-ranked University of Southern California in the Texas A&M Invitational held at Reed Arena. The Aggies earned wins by sweeping Texas State and the University of North Dakota but dropped the match to USC by the final of 3-1.

Looking ahead, the Aggies feel that with the skill set and team chemistry, this team is primed
to surprise people.

“We’ve been here for a long time, and we’ve never had a team this close off the court,” Mellinger said. “We’re extremely close this year, and we have something
really special.”

The Aggies face Yale 6 p.m. Friday night, followed by a doubleheader on Saturday against American at 10 a.m., then against Stony Brook later that afternoon at 4 p.m.

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