Aggies take down Bulldogs
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Freshman middle blocker London Austin-Roark had 11 kills and junior outside hitter Hollann Hans added 10 kills to lead Texas A&M to a 19-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-22 victory over Mississippi State today at the Newell-Grissom Building.
Texas A&M improved to 15-13 overall and 8-8 in Southeastern Conference matches, and the Aggies also improved to 10-0 in the all-time series against Mississippi State. The Bulldogs suffered their 13 consecutive loss to fall to 5-24, including 1-15 in SEC matches only.
Hans, whose match-winning kill gave her double-figure kills for the 15th consecutive match, also had four aces to put her within one ace of tying and two of breaking the all-time program record of 59 aces in a season. The record has been held by Chris Zogata since 1983, and at 35 years, it is the program's longest standing season record.
Sophomore setter Camille Conner also added a career-high four aces as the Aggies totaled 12 for the match, marking the team's most aces in a four-set match this season. Conner dished out 45 assists, giving her 1,175 for the season and putting her within 12 assists of tying and 13 assists of breaking the season record for most assists in the 25-point rally scoring era.
Senior libero Amy Houser reached double-figure digs for the 20th consecutive match, as she finished with a team-high 16 digs.
Junior pin hitters Brookah Palmer and Sydnye Fields contributed nine kills apiece as A&M led Mississippi State, 56-41 in kills while outhitting the Bulldogs, .211 to .195.
A&M also led in assists (54-39), aces (12-1), digs (50-46), blocks (7-6) and points (75-48).
TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach Laura "Bird" Kuhn
"We will take the finish, on the road in the SEC. The first set has to be clean in order to set the tone for the match. It all comes back to consistency on our side of the net. Makena [Patterson] came in and stabilized us offensively.
"This jump starts a solid week of competing for us. The quick turnaround between matches will push our competitive response to finish out SEC play."
Texas A&M plays its final road match of the season on Wednesday as the Aggies travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for a rematch against the Alabama Crimson Tide. First serve is at 7 p.m. at Foster Auditorium, and the match will be streamed on SEC Network +. The Tide held off A&M, 3-2, when the teams met earlier this season at Reed Arena.
A&M closes out the season Friday, Nov. 23 at noon against LSU at Reed Arena. It will be Senior Day, and lone senior and team captain Amy Houser will be honored.