MISSOURI TIGERS (20-10, 6-7 BIG 12)
Saturday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m.
Reed Arena, College Station, Texas
Aggie Mom's Club Appreciation Day - club members receive a free ticket to the match at the Will Call window.
AAI Coat Drive - get in free by donating a new or gently used jacket, sweater or blanket to benefit Twin City Mission
Free live video/stats: AggieAthletics.com
All-Time Series: A&M leads, 22-12
In College Station: A&M leads 13-2
In Columbia: Missouri leads 9-7
Streak: Missouri has won the last three meetings
A&M Hosts Missouri Saturday at 1 p.m.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M (19-6, 8-4 Big 12) aims to avenge a Big 12 season-opening loss at Missouri (20-10, 6-7 Big 12) when the Aggies return to Reed Arena on Saturday to host the Tigers. First serve is slated for 1 p.m. The match is the first of only two regular-season home matches remaining for the Aggies, who close out the home schedule against Texas on Wednesday, Nov. 23.
It will be "Aggie Mom's Club Appreciation Day" at the Missouri match, and club members can receive a free ticket to the match at the Will Call window at Reed. In addition, Aggie Athletes Involved will be hosting its annual AAI Coat Drive. Anyone donating a a new or gently used jacket, sweater or blanket to benefit Twin City Mission will be admitted free.
A&M is in third place in the Big 12 standings behind Texas and Iowa State after recording a crucial 3-1 victory at Baylor on Wednesday. Missouri is sixth in the Big 12 and is coming off a 3-1 home loss to No. 13 Iowa State that snapped a three-match winning streak.
AGGIE QUICK HITS:
- Texas A&M, the winner in six of its last eight matches, is aiming for its first 20-win season since 2009, when the Aggies went 20-11 and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. A win would give coach Laurie Corbelli her 13th 20-win season in 19 years as head coach of the Aggies.
- Corbelli is five wins away from her 400th A&M victory and the 500th win of her head coaching career. A&M's longest tenured head coach in any sport, she is 395-192 in her 19th year at the helm of the Aggies and 495-298 in the 26th season of her head coaching career.
- Texas A&M is 20th in the latest NCAA RPI rankings, released on Monday. Among Big 12 schools, only Iowa State (third) and Texas (fourth) are ahead of A&M. Other Big 12 schools in the top 50 in RPI are Oklahoma (23rd), Kansas State (28th), Missouri (29th), Baylor (42nd) and Kansas (45th).
- The Aggies are receiving votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Poll for the 10th consecutive week and are 31st in this week's rankings. A&M entered the week ranked 25th in home attendance, averaging 1,563 per match.
- Middle blocker Lindsey Miller has been error-free in attack attempts in each of the last two matches, posting 10 kills without errors in 25 attempts at Kansas State and 10 kills and no errors in 22 attempts at Baylor for a combined .426 hitting percentage. The Baylor match marked the third time this season Miller has had at least 10 kills with no errors, as she also was errorless with 12 kills in a sweep against Washington State on Sept. 3. Defensively, the 6-2 junior has had at least five blocks in each of the last seven matches, averaging 1.4 blocks per set during that span. Miller now ranks third in the Big 12 with a .344 hitting percentage and sixth with 1.12 blocks per set for the full season. She is fourth in the league in both hitting percentage (.353) and blocks (1.26) per set in conference matches only.
- A&M, which ranks second in the Big 12 with 13.95 kills and 12.96 assists per set, has led its opponent in kills in each of the last seven matches and in assists in each of the last eight matches.
- Kelsey Black leads the team and ranks sixth in the Big 12 with 3.86 points per set for the full season. She is fourth in the league in aces (0.29) and eighth in kills (3.31) per set for the full season.
- Senior middle blocker Elise Hendrickson leads the Big 12 with 0.34 aces per set. She has had at least one ace in 19 of 25 matches and has tallied two or more aces in 10 matches.
- Setter Allie Sawatzky is fourth in the Big 12 with 10.36 assists per set for the full season. The sophomore from Manitoba surpassed 2,000 career assists at Kansas State and ranks 10th in the A&M career records with 2,062.
- Sawatzky's career-high 60 assists in the win against No. 22 Oklahoma is the most by an A&M player since Kristen Schevikhoven had 60 in a 3-1 victory at Colorado on Nov. 21, 2007, using the 30-point scoring format.
- Earlier this season, Sawatzky recorded the first triple-double of her career with 11 kills, 46 assists and 11 digs in A&M's 3-2 victory against Baylor on Sept. 28. She is the first A&M player to post a triple-double since the 25-point scoring format went into effect in 2008, and she is the first player with a triple double since 2004.
- Junior libero Megan Pendergast has played in 24 matches and has led or tied for the team lead in digs 15 times, more than any other player. She has posted double figures in digs in a team high-tying 19 matches and has posted 20 or more digs in four matches, including a career-high 24 digs in the 2-1 win at Baylor on Wednesday. She leads the team and is ranked fifth in the Big 12 with 3.98 digs per set for the full season and is seventh in the league with 3.89 digs per set in conference matches only.
- Black leads A&M with 15 double-doubles. She has posted double figures in kills in 18 of 25 matches overall and double figures in digs in 19 matches, including each of the last eight matches.
- Miller's career-high nine blocks in the first meeting against Kansas State is still the most by a Big 12 player in a three-set conference match and ties for the most by a Big 12 player in all three-set matches this season.
- Black, Miller, Sawatzky and Hendrickson have started every match in 2011, and only Sawatzky has played in all 95 sets. Junior right-side hitter Alisia Kastmo has started all but five matches in which senior Sarah Grace started for her in the back row rotation.
- Black had 16 digs against Kansas State to give her 1,012 digs for her career. She joins junior Tori Mellinger, who became A&M's 19th member in the 1,000-dig club on Oct. 22, when she posted 13 digs against Iowa State. Black, who recorded her 1,000th career point against Oklahoma on Oct. 12 to become the sixth A&M player to reach the milestone since rally scoring began in 2001, also is approaching 1,000 career kills, needing 78.
- A&M is 9-1 in home matches, 5-4 in away matches, 5-1 at neutral sites and 1-3 against ranked opponents.
- The Aggies are 9-2 in three-set matches, 6-2 in four-set matches and 4-2 in five-set matches.
- The match at Kansas State marked the only time the Aggies lost when leading in blocks this season and the second time A&M lost a match when leading in kills and/or aces.
- During the first half of the Big 12 schedule, A&M had a streak of three matches that were decided in five sets, with the Aggies winning all three. It marked the fourth time in program history A&M played three consecutive five-setters (2005, 2006, 2008), and only the second time A&M won all three. A&M has never played four consecutive five-set matches.
- A&M's come-from-behind wins against Kansas and Oklahoma during the first half of conference play marked the first time in school history the Aggies have overcome 2-0 set deficits in consecutive matches. The win against No. 22 Oklahoma was the 12th time in school history the Aggies have dropped the first two sets and come back to win, and it was the fourth time in school history A&M accomplished the feat against a ranked opponent.
- In the win against Baylor on Sept. 28, A&M had five players reach double figures in kills for first time in the 25-point scoring era and the first since August 26, 2006, when five players tallied double-digit kills in a season-opening 3-1 victory at Colorado State using the 30-point scoring system. The Baylor match also marked the first time A&M had five double-figure kill performers and five double-digit dig performers in the same match since the 2006 victory at Colorado State.
- A&M began the season by winning its first nine matches and capturing three tournament titles. The Aggies came within one win of matching the 2007 team for the best start in school history before falling to Xavier, 3-2, at the Michigan/adidas Invitational in the 10th match of the season.
- A&M closes out the regular season with four consecutive matches against 2010 NCAA tournament participants: Missouri and No. 25 Oklahoma, who both advanced to the Sweet 16; Final Four participant and eighth-ranked Texas, and No. 13 Iowa State, which was upset in the first round. The Aggies are currently 5-4 against 2010 NCAA participants.
- Missouri (20-10, 6-7 Big 12) is in seventh place in the Big 12 standings and No. 29 in the latest NCAA RPI ranking. The Tigers were picked to finish fifth in the Big 12 according to a preseason poll of the league's coaches.
- The Tigers are 3-6 in away matches, including 1-6 in conference road matches.
- Missouri has won three of its last four matches, including a sweep against then-No. 21 Oklahoma on Oct. 29. The Tigers are coming off a 23-25, 25-12, 28-26, 25-20 home loss to No. 13 Iowa State on Saturday, which snapped a three-match winning streak. Lisa Henning was the only MU player with double figures in kills with 19, and the Tigers were outhit, .323 to .181.
- Henning was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 5.75 kills per set while hitting .380 last week. The sophomore outside hitter leads the league with 4.79 kills and 5.33 points per set in conference matches only.
- As a team, Mizzou is hitting .243 and averaging 12.96 kills, 12.24 assists, 1.34 aces, 13.99 digs and 2.34 blocks per set. Opponents are hitting .226 and averaging 13.29 kills, 12.24 assists, 1.19 aces, 13.93 digs and 2.19 blocks per set.
- Senior Brittney Brimmage is hitting .362 in all matches, ranking second in the Big 12. Sophomore setter Molly Kreklow, the niece of head coach Wayne Kreklow, is third in the league with 10.69 assists and seventh with 0.27 aces per set. Henning ranks second among Big 12 players with 4.69 points and 4.14 kills per set, and senior defensive specialist Priscilla Armendariz leads the Tigers and is sixth in the Big 12 with 3.91 digs per set. Whitney Little is the team's top blocker with a 1.09 average, ranking eighth in the conference.
- Wayne Kreklow (Drake, 1980) is 133-83 in his seventh season as head coach at Missouri.
A&M-MU SERIES RECORD:
- A&M leads the all-time series, 22-12, including 20-11 in Big 12 matches only.
- A&M is 13-2 against the Tigers in matches played in College Station, while Missouri holds a 9-7 advantage in matches played in Columbia. The Tigers' only wins at A&M were in 2005 and 2010.
- The Tigers are riding a three-match winning streak against the Aggies and have won four of the last five meetings.
- A&M has swept the season series seven times, most recently in 2008. Missouri swept the series for only the second time last year, defeating A&M, 3-2, in College Station, and 3-0 in Columbia. The Tigers will be going for their third season-series sweep after defeating A&M, 3-1, in its 2011 Big 12 opener in Columbia earlier this season.
- The teams have split the season series six times since Big 12 play began in 1996, with each team winning on its home court to earn the split.
- In the most recent meeting (Sept. 24), every set was determined by the minimum two points, and MU came out on top, 23-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-23, at the Hearnes Center in the Aggies' Big 12 Conference opener. MU outhit A&M, .249 to .231 for the match, posting 62 kills to the Aggies' 57. MU also led in blocks, 10-7, while A&M, which entered the match 11-0 when winning the first set, led in digs (75-73) and aces (7-4). Tori Mellinger finished with a career-high 16 kills and also pitched in 11 digs. Kelsey Black had 13 kills and tied Megan Pendergast for team-high honors in digs with 19. Allie Sawatzky also completed a double-double with 44 assists and 10 digs. Lisa Henning led the Tigers with 21 kills and Priscilla Armendariz had 25 digs.
A&M has a midweek bye next week and then heads to Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 19 for a rematch against the Sooners. First serve is at 7 p.m. at McCasland Field House. A&M came back from a 2-0 set deficit and fought off three match points in the third set for a come-from-behind victory against the then-No. 22 Sooners when the teams met in College Station on Oct. 12.
A&M has only two regular season matches remaining after the Oklahoma match, including the home finale against rival Texas in a State Farm Lone Star match on Wednesday, Nov. 23. A&M's five seniors -- Kelsey Black, Sarah Grace, Elise Hendrickson, Chelsea Ringel and Cinthya Roberto -- will be honored after the match against the Longhorns.
The Aggies close out the regular season at Iowa State on Nov. 26. The match begins at 6:30 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.