TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Texas A&M Volleyball is preparing this week to open its tenth season as a member of the Southeastern Conference, as the Maroon & White (7-3) travel to face the Alabama Crimson Tide (8-4) in a 6 p.m. clash Wednesday at Foster Auditorium. Real-time game playback is available via SEC Network + and the ESPN app.
A & M’s most recent outing resulted in a four-set losing streak against No. 1 Texas Longhorns last week at the Reed Arena. Several Aggies stood out on the scoreboard, including double-double performances from both Camille Conner (41 assists and 10 excavations) i Morgan Christon (16 bushes and 11 excavations). Besides, London Austin-Roark recorded a season-high 13 deaths in .455 hitting the center.
Friday night’s game also proved to be a record event in the program’s annals, as 6,822 members of the 12th man cheered the Aggies. The total knocked down pre-show attendance with over 2,200 people and proved to be the third largest audience to watch an Aggie volleyball match, regardless of location. The fan meeting last week was also the busiest volleyball game on a Texas state college campus, surpassing the 6,385 Longhorn crowd at the Frank Erwin Center in 1996.
As a team, the Aggies have one of the SEC’s strongest defensive lines of defense, with the pace of the conference with 17.11 digs per game and 616 digs per team. Free transfer for fifth year Macy Carrabine leads the team with 4.33 digs per game, while Mallory Talbert it functions as a defensive presence in the center with 1.11 blocks per frame. A&M is offensively headed outward by the Christon i tandem Lauren Davis, who occupy the first place (3.93) and the second (3.88) of the team in points per set, respectively. Christon is leading with 122 deaths this season, while Davis is behind his teammate at 107 this year.
The Crimson Tide enters Wednesday’s contest by winning a three-game winning streak, going 3-0 in the Bama Bash tournament played last weekend. Alabama has lost just one game at home, and fell a seven-set to Troy on Sept. 2. On the offensive end, the Crimson Tide is led by Abby Marjama, who averages 2.73 kills per set, while Dru Kuck manages the defensive effort with 5.00 digs per game. As a team, Alabama ranks first in the SEC in terms of percentage of opponents (0.180), assistants per service (1.66) and digs per game (15.73).
This will be the 17th game between Texas A&M and Alabama in volleyball, with the Aggies maintaining a 12-4 lead in the history series and splitting the six games played at Tuscaloosa. A&M is 5-4 in its SEC opening games dating back to the program’s first season in the league in 2012. Under the direction of Bird Kuhn, Maroon & White is a spotless 3-0 in the conference openers and holds a 32-22 overall record in league action in his lead.
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