The Aggie volleyball team escaped a big upset last night rallying from down 0-2 to defeat WAC newcomer Seattle in five sets. The Aggies dropped the first two sets 25-21 and 25-23 but then rallied to win three straight, 25-19, 25-20 and 15-12. Meredith Hays had 18 kills, 13 digs and four blocks while Lauren Loerch added 13 kills. Seattle was led by Kaytlyn Dill who finished with 17 kills but also had 16 attack errors. Allison Farley had the best night offensively of any player finishing with 16 kills while posting a .462 hitting percentage. As a team the Aggies finished with a season-high 23 total team blocks including a dozen by Desiree Scott (two solo blocks and ten block assists).
At the end of the day it's a 'W' but the Aggies certainly got a scare from a team that wasn't expected to do much (picked to finish ninth out of ten teams). One thing is for sure, this is a mentally tough Aggie team. We've seen them battle back from big deficits and now we've seen them battle back from an 0-2 hole on the road. Tomorrow night's match against Idaho will most certainly be another tough match but such is life on the road in the WAC.
The Aggie soccer team returns to action tonight as they play their third match this week in what is part of a brutal stretch of five matches in eleven days. The Aggies are in dire need of a victory and some positive momentum as they draw closer to WAC play. The good news is that the Aggies are coming off a spirited effort against UTEP in what head coach Blair Quinn called the best match the team has played all season. Hopefully they can build on that and pull off a win in Missoula today.
It won't be easy. The Grizzlies are 4-4 on the season and oddly enough, they're making their home debut this afternoon against the Aggies. Like the Aggies the Griz haven't had much offense this season averaging just one goal per match. For the Aggies they'll need to keep tabs on Montana senior forward Erin Craig who has scored four of those eight goals.
And for the Aggies, they've really struggled to find the back of the net having scored just four goals this season, two of them off the foot of Layla Todd.
This is a match that certainly on paper that the Aggies have a great chance of winning. The Aggie defense has been solid and we have a feeling that their offense is poised to break out and post a two or three goal match.
Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. (MDT) and Live Stats are available via the GoGriz.com website.
The Seattle athletic website recaps the Aggies' comeback.
The Montana athletic website previews the Aggies' match today.
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News talks about Andrew Manley's next step in his progression as a quarterback.
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Bret Bloomquist of the El Paso Times shares a few notes including a family connection between the Aggies and Miners on the gridiron.
Bret Bloomquist of the El Paso Times writes that the Aggies are showing signs of improvement.
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