BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M (7-3) volleyball ended its six-game winning streak Friday night in the toughest test of the 2021 season, reaching Texas’ No. 1 (8-0) four sets before falling finally, 3-1 (25-22, 25-14, 22-25, 29-27), in front of a emaciated and historic crowd from the Reed Arena.
The program set a new attendance record, welcoming 6,822 members of the 12th man to Reed Arena, and knocking down a previous program of more than 2,000 attendees. This Aggies reunion joins a list of nine more games against Texas that make up the top 10 home attendance records in A&M volleyball. Also, Friday night’s game proved to be the third audience to see an Aggie volleyball game, regardless of location.
Several aggies ended up with impressive statistical performances, including the doubles doubles of both Camille Conner i Morgan Christon. Conner handed out 41 assists with 10 excavations, while Christon accumulated 16 deaths and 11 excavations. London Austin-Roark compiled a new high-dead season with 13 successful changes, with an impressive .455 clip, while adding a couple of blocks and two key service assistants. Lauren Davis completed the Aggies attack, recording 10 deaths in the four-set effort.
Destiny Cox he lifted the top of the Reed Arena with his first death of the game, and the Aggies blocked the first set to five. A&M and Texas continued to trade points at the start, with the Aggies taking a 15-14 lead in the middle of the half. Maroon & White led by four points to 19-15, but Texas struggled with a 9-2 run to get the first set, 25-22.
The Longhorns took a 6-2 lead at the start, forcing Texas A&M to a timeout. Texas ’momentum advanced toward the middle of the set and, after a quick timeout from Longhorn, they pulled off a 5-1 run to take a 20-11 lead. Texas closed out the box with a 3-0 run and got the second, 25-14.
The third set opened with a Talbert kill and a couple of successful Austin-Roark shots, to lead Texas A&M to a quick 3-1 lead. Aggie’s consecutive points from Davis and Talbert gave the Maroon & White a 17-13 lead, and a resounding Christon blow paved the way for a 19-15 lead. Texas managed to advance by one, but a 3-0 lead led by Austin-Roark put the Aggies on the precipice to take their first set of the game, 24-22. An excavation and a Christon death from the back row of a Conner set gave A&M a 25-22 victory to force a fourth set.
Texas bounced back with a 5-1 run to open the fourth quarter, but the tenth death in Christon’s game prevented Longhorn’s effort. The Davis and Talbert killers scored a 4-0 lead for the Maroon & White, changing momentum and giving the Aggies a 9-8 lead. Both teams came and went, adding 17 draws and four changes of leadership to the set. Several exchanges resulted in a 27-point stalemate, but the Longhorns ended up stealing the final with a 29-27 lead.
Texas A&M Volleyball is preparing to enter its tenth season as a member of the Southeastern Conference next Wednesday, September 22, when it travels to Alabama. The first service between Aggies and Crimson Tide at the Foster Auditorium is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Texas A&M Coach Head, Laura “Bird” Kuhn
General thoughts on the match …
“I’m proud of our way of fighting safely, but we have to play to win and to finish, especially when you have pressure on them. Now we’ve shown who we are and who we can be and now it’s just being consistent. We say it all. time: how consistent you can be every day in your behaviors, in your competition, just as a teammate and coaching, not just in big games, but always. That’s how you get it. “
About the environment and energy …
“The 12th man was amazing. I think we broke the attendance record at 2,200, so it’s fantastic. What a great way to start the weekend with all the events at home. I’m proud of that.”
Senior setter Camille Conner
In an off-center offensive production …
“The first contact is huge, especially when we want to run our media so fast. I think tonight we had a lot of good times when the first contact was on-point and our intermediates were high and fast until they could to score.”
About the energy provided by the 12th man …
“This is my fifth year here and there has never been an atmosphere as lively as tonight. I don’t know if this is due to COVID or what, but it was so fun to see that there were a lot of people and all the points that were “There wasn’t a moment when I remember people sitting around and that’s great to see him as a fifth-year senior.”
Medium senior blocker London Austin-Roark…
Fighting the Longhorns …
“It’s something we’ve talked about in the locker room, minimizing these mistakes will take us to the next level, especially against this team (Texas). You know you have to match their energy, if not more, so these mistakes we “But I think if we practice it, we will continue to improve and that will take us to the next level.”
Message to fans …
“I just want to give a huge thank you to the 12th man. I wish I could have taken home this win for them, but I think it was amazing and something I will never forget, and I hope to see that again. I definitely think they (Texas) made some mistakes that were entirely due to the 12th man and I think it’s amazing that they can throw like that. “
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