(17-5, 9-4 SEC) vs. ALABAMA (14-11, 3-10 SEC)
Friday, Nov. 2, 2012
6:30 p.m., Reed Arena
College Station, Texas
TEXAS A&M vs.
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012
1 p.m. Reed Arena
College Station, Texas
Texas A&M Hosts Alabama, Co-Leader Arkansas
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M (17-5, 9-4 SEC) returns to
Reed Arena this weekend for two of its final three home matches of the regular
season. The Aggies, winners in each of their last two matches and tied for the
lead in the Southeastern Conference Western Division, welcome Alabama (14-11,
3-10 SEC) Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Western Division co-leader Arkansas Sunday at
It will be a "Reunion Weekend" with many former A&M volleyball
players coming to town, including Arkansas assistant coach Carol Price-Torok,
who played for A&M and coach Laurie Corbelli from 2000-03 and helped lead
the Aggies to the NCAA tournament every year during her career.
The Aggies, who defeated both Alabama and Arkansas on the road
during the first half of SEC play, have won their last two matches: a 3-1
victory at seven-time defending SEC Western champion LSU, and a 3-0 sweep at
Alabama has lost its last five matches, including a 3-2 setback at
Arkansas last Friday and a 3-0 loss at Tennessee on Sunday. The Razorbacks
carry a league-leading four-match winning streak into their contest at Auburn
on Friday after hitting a season-high .407 in a sweep against Missouri on
first 50 Junior Aggie Club Members at Friday's match will receive a concession
voucher for $3
of Junior Aggie Club Members can purchase match tickets for $3 each on Friday
tickets are $9 for reserve seating, $7 for adult general admission and $4 for
youth, high school age and under. A&M students without a sports pass also
can purchase tickets for $4 each. Several convenient options are available to
purchase the tickets: 1) online, 24 hours a day at
tickets.12thmanfoundation.com; 2) by calling the ticket office at 979-845-2311
or toll free at 1-888-99-AGGIE; 3) in person at the ticket office located
inside the Zone at the north end of Kyle Field during normal business hours; or
4) in person at Reed Arena beginning one hour before match time.
Live video and
audio of both matches will be available on AggieAthletics.com to 12th Man
premium subscribers. Live stats for both matches will be available free on
AggieAthletics.com, and live updates and other information can be found by
following @AggieVolleyball on Twitter.
The Aggies hit
the road next weekend, playing at Auburn Friday at 7 p.m., and then facing
Georgia in Athens, Sunday at 1 p.m. (CT) in a match that will be televised by
Comcast/Cox. A&M defeated Auburn, 3-1, at Reed Arena on Sept. 16. The
Aggies will be facing Georgia for the first time as a member of the SEC, as the
teams did not meet during the first half of conference play.
SERIES HISTORY VS. ALABAMA:
is 3-0 all-time against Alabama, with all three victories coming with Laurie
Corbelli as head coach of the Aggies.
teams met for the first time as SEC foes on Sept. 30 in Tuscaloosa. Seniors
Alisia Kastmo and Lindsey Miller led A&M with nine kills apiece and junior
setter Allie Sawatzky dished out 35 assists as A&M led in kills, 44-27 and
outhit Alabama, .202 to .073, in a 25-22, 25-20, 25-20 victory at Foster
Auditorium. A&M had three players reach double figures in digs, led by
senior libero Megan Pendergast's 15. Senior Tori Mellinger had 14 digs and Heather
Reynolds finished with 11 digs as A&M led Alabama in digs, 57-31. Freshman
Angela Lowak came off the bench and finished with career highs of six kills,
three blocks -- including two solo blocks - and 8.5 points. Senior Kayla
Fitterer led the Tide with 11 kills.
teams first met Sept. 24, 1993, at the Southern Premiere Tournament, hosted by
Texas State in San Marcos. A&M won, 15-5, 15-13, 10-15, 15-3 en route to
capturing the five-team tournament championship.
is 1-0 against the Tide in matches played in College Station. On Sept. 14,
1996, the Aggies defeated Alabama, 15-6, 15-8, 15-5, at G. Rollie White
Coliseum to go 4-0 at the Post Oak Mall Lady Aggie Invitational.
SERIES HISTORY VS. ARKANSAS:
will be only the second meeting between the Aggies and the Razorbacks in
volleyball. Arkansas did not sponsor the sport when the two schools were
members of the Southwest Conference.
teams met for the first time on Oct. 12 in Fayetteville, where the Aggies
escaped with a 21-25, 25-15, 25-16, 23-25, 15-3 victory at Barnhill Arena.
Alisia Kastmo tied her career high with 21 kills while hitting .341, and
Stephanie Minnerly had a career-high eight blocks, the most by an A&M
player this season, to lead the Aggies to a season-high 15 for the match, while
Arkansas had only six. Tori Mellinger had 11 kills and 11 digs and Allie
Sawatzky also recorded a double-double with 48 assists and 10 digs. Megan
Pendergast led all players with 19 digs, and Kelsey Kinley pitched in 12 digs.
The Aggies also got key off-the-bench contributions from several freshmen,
including Shelbi Vaughan, who sparked the Aggies with career highs of eight
kills and three blocks, as well as Shelby Sullivan and Angela Lowak.
AGGIE QUICK HITS:
A&M is tied with Arkansas (9-4) for first place in the SEC West and is 6-0
in Western Division matches.
is No. 26 in this week's Rating Percentage Index (RPI). Stanford is No. 1, and
Penn State, Nebraska, Texas and UCLA round out the top five. At No. 11, Florida
is the top-rated team representing the SEC, followed by No. 15 Kentucky, No. 19
Tennessee, No. 23 Arkansas and Texas A&M.
Aggies are receiving votes in the AVCA Top 25 Poll and are listed 31st.
is ranked 17th in the nation and leads the SEC with 14.40 kills per set for the
full season. A&M also leads the league and is 22nd in the country with
13.34 assists per set. In addition, the Aggies lead the SEC with a .162
opponent hitting percentage for the full season.
- In SEC matches only, A&M leads the league
in assists (13.31) and kills (14.23) per set.
won the first set in each of the first 14 matches of the season and in 18 of 22
matches overall. The Aggies are 16-2 when winning the first set and 1-3 when
dropping the opening set. No. 5 USC and No. 11 Florida are the only teams that
have come back to defeat the Aggies after dropping the opening set.
- A&M has registered seven aces -- one shy
of the season high -- in each of the last two matches compared to one reception
error in the two matches combined.
A&M players who have appeared in more than 85 percent of the sets are
averaging at least 2.15 points per set for the full season and in SEC matches
only. Senior opposite Alisia Kastmo leads the team with 4.07 kills per
set overall and 4.17 kills per set in SEC contests only.
- A&M has led its opponent in kills in 19 of
22 matches and is 17-2 when leading in kills. Kentucky and Florida are the only
teams two teams to defeat A&M when trailing in kills, and both of those
matches were decided in five sets.
is 16-0 when posting a higher hitting percentage than its opponent.
- A&M has used the same starting lineup in
20 of 22 matches with seniors Lindsey Miller and Stephanie Minnerly
at middle blocker, senior Alisia Kastmo at opposite, senior Tori
Mellinger on the outside, along with junior Heather Reynolds, and
junior Allie Sawatzky at setter. Senior Megan Pendergast has
started out every match as the team's designated libero. Kelsey Kinley
started two matches -- the first two starts of her career -- in place of
Reynolds in the back row.
- Texas A&M head coach Laurie Corbelli celebrated
the 500th win of her 26-year head coaching career and her 400th victory in her
20th season at the helm of the Aggies in A&M's season-opening victory
against Texas State on Aug. 24 at Reed Arena. She is now 516-305 for her career
and 416-199 at A&M.
- Corbelli returns 10 letterwinners - including
four starters plus the libero -- from last year's team that went 23-8 and
reached the second round of the NCAA tournament. She also welcomes one transfer
and seven highly touted freshmen who represent the 20th-ranked recruiting class
in the nation.
- Twelve of A&M's 29 regular season matches
are against teams that appeared in the 2011 NCAA tournament. A&M is
currently 5-5 against 2011 NCAA tournament teams.
- In their inaugural season in the SEC, the
Aggies have been picked to finish second in the SEC West behind seven-time
defending west champion LSU. Tennessee is projected to win the East Division
and the overall SEC title. A&M finished third in the Big 12 with an 11-5
record in 2011.
middle blocker Lindsey Miller Is hitting .488 over the last four matches
and has posted double figures in kills in each of the last three matches
Miller and junior setter Allie Sawatzky have started every match of
their careers. Miller has started 114 consecutive matches. Sawatzky has started
all 83 matches throughout her career.
Megan Pendergast became the first A&M player to receive an SEC weekly
honor when she was named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 1. The
senior leads A&M and is seventh in the league with 3.94 digs per set in
conference matches only. She is ninth in the SEC with 3.87 digs per set for the
full season. Pendergast has posted double-figure digs in 16 of 22 matches,
including four matches in which she had 20 or more digs.
- Lindsey Miller, who has tied or led the
team in blocks in 15 of 22 matches this season, leads A&M and is eighth in
the SEC with 1.08 blocks per set for the full season. Miller has led the team
in both total blocks and blocks per set, as well as hitting percentage, in the
season final stats every year during her career, and she ranks fifth in the
A&M career records with 372 block assists and 1,166 points, and she is
seventh in the career annals with 423 total blocks.
- Showing the balance of the team, each of
A&M's starters was named to at least one all-tournament team in the three
tournaments A&M played this year. Senior opposite Alisia Kastmo, the
MVP of the Delaware Invitational, and Allie Sawatzky appeared on two
all-tournament teams. Senior middle blocker Stephanie Minnerly, the MVP
of the Yale Classic, senior outside hitter Tori Mellinger, junior
outside hitter Heather Reynolds and Lindsey Miller and have each
appeared on one all-tournament team.
- Tori Mellinger is second on the team
with 2.73 kills and 3.23 digs per set and is third on the squad with 3.13
points per set. She currently has 1,363 career digs and needs only four more to
move into fifth in the A&M career records and 11 more to climb into fourth
- Alisia Kastmo has had double-figure
kills in a team-leading 15 matches this season, including three 20-plus kill
performances. She leads A&M and ranks ninth in the SEC with 3.57 kills per
set for the full season. She is seventh in the league in SEC matches only with
3.68 kills per set. In addition, Kastmo is eighth with 4.07 points per set for
the full season and seventh with 4.17 points per set in SEC contests only. In
addition, she is sixth in the SEC with 0.28 aces per set in conference matches.
Sawatzky ranks seventh in the A&M career records with 3,016 assists.
She needs 83 more to move into sixth place.
- Alisia Kastmo and Stephanie
Minnerly both have graduated with bachelor's degrees and are continuing
their education as they complete their athletic eligibility. Kastmo graduated
in August with a degree in finance and is pursuing a master's degree in real
estate. Minnerly, a fifth-year senior, graduated in December 2011 with a
bachelor's degree in university studies. She is pursuing a second degree, a
bachelor's of science in agricultural leadership and development, and is
scheduled to graduate in May 2013.
- Alabama (14-11, 3-10), in sixth place in the
SEC Western Division, is looking to snap a season-high five-match losing skid.
- Senior outside hitter Kayla Fitterer needs 10
kills to move into 10th in the Alabama career records with 1,247. She leads the
Tide and is fifth in the SEC with 3.78 kills per set in league matches. She is
ninth in the league with 4.07 points per set in SEC contests.
- The Crimson Tide is second in the SEC with
1.32 aces per set for the full season. Freshman Kryssi Daniels leads the league
with 42 aces overall and a 0.47 ace average in all matches.
- Alabama is outhitting its opponents. 235 to
.211 in all matches but is being outhit, .272 to .205 in SEC play.
- The Razorbacks enter a Friday contest at
Auburn having won their last four matches, including a 3-0 victory at Kentucky,
which is 2-0 against the Aggies.
- Most recently, the Razorbacks swept Missouri
after hitting a season-high .407.
- Arkansas ranks second behind Texas A&M in
the SEC with 14.12 kills per set for the full season.
- Senior outside hitter Jasmine Norton ranks in
the top 18 in the SEC in kills (3.66), digs (3.15) and points (4.16) per set in
- Arkansas was picked to finish third behind
Texas A&M in the SEC Western Division, according to a preseason poll of the
- Robert Pulliza (Ball State, 1996) is in his
fifth season as head coach of the Razorbacks.