The Aggies took control early in the opening set, quickly building a 15-6 leading following a 5-0 run. Houston got a kill to end the rally, but A&M freshman Stephanie Aiple countered with a kill, and the Aggies continued to pull away.
A&M was ahead, 23-11, when Houston committed a service error to put the Aggies at set point. Darby Graff then followed with a set-clinching kill.
A&M held a 16-10 lead in the second half when the Cougars began a comeback with strong play at the net. Houston tied the score at 16-16 but was unable to take the lead.
The Cougars stayed within a point at 20-19 following a powerful kill, but A&M middle blocker Jazzmin Babers recorded back-to-back kills to put A&M ahead, 22-19. The Aggies kept a two-point cushion at 23-21 when Emily Hardest put A&M at set point with a kill. A&M committed an error on the next play before Shelby Sullivan recorded a kill to close out the set.
Houston held a 9-6 lead in the third set when A&M pounded out four consecutive kills to take a 10-9 lead. The Cougars tied the score for the final time at 10-10 before A&M began to pull away. The Aggies built their biggest lead at 16-11 with Victoria Arenas making a play-saving dig to set up Aiple for the kill.
Houston managed to cut its deficit to 23-20 before Angela Lowak registered a kill to put the Aggies at set point. The Cougars fought off one set point with a kill before Lowak posted another kill to secure the win.
The teams decided to play a fourth set, and the Aggies jumped out to a commanding 9-1 lead. A&M went on to build its largest lead at 23-10. Following two Houston points, Lowak got a kill form the back row to put the Aggies at match point. The Cougars got a kill before Lowak came back with the match-winning kill.
The Aggies conclude their spring training next Thursday and will report for preseason training on August 8.
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2014 TEXAS A&M VOLLEYBALL SPRING SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Sat., March 29 at Rice Tournament, Houston (Tudor Fieldhouse)
Texas A&M vs. Rice, 26-24, 20-25
Texas A&M def. TCU, 25-23, 25-22
Texas A&M def. Sam Houston State, 25-14, 25-20
Sat., April 5 at F.A.S.T. Collegiate Invitational, Houston (Reliant Center-Hall E)
Baylor def. Texas A&M, 16-25, 25-17, 15-13
Texas def. Texas A&M, 25-20, 25-21
Texas A&M def. Oklahoma, 22-25, 25-14, 15-13
Fri., April 11 vs. Houston, College Station (Reed)
Texas A&M def. Houston, 25-11, 25-22, 25-21, 25-13