The Aggie volleyball team moved back into a tie for first place last night thanks to a 3-0 (26-24, 25-19, 25-21) sweep of visiting UTSA. The Aggies played well for long stretches during the match and were able to overpower the Roadrunners. The Aggies held UTSA to just a .050 hitting percentage and kept McKenzie Adams under wraps the entire match. Adams finished with eight kills but also had seven attack errors and had a negative hitting percentage most of the match.
The Aggie middles were key in this match along with freshman Nathalie Castellanos. The trio of middles combined for 14 of the Aggies' 41 kills and redshirt freshman Gwen Murphy had one of the best nights of her young career finishing with five kills on seven swings for a .714 hitting percentage. Murphy destroyed a couple of overpasses by UTSA and also had three block assists and a pair of digs.
We talked a little bit about UTSA's digging prowess yesterday and they didn't disappoint in that respect finishing with 56 digs in three sets, an average of 18.66 per set. However, we really felt like the Aggies did a good job of staying patient in the match and did a good job of digging balls as well finishing with 46 digs, an average of 15.33 digs per set.
It all added up to an impressive sweep, although it was not without some tense moments as the Aggies had to stave off UTSA in set one, leading 18-13 but then falling behind 22-21 before winning in extra points. The Aggies then had to rally from down seven early in set two trailing 12-5. The Aggies had two big runs on serve, one by Stephanie Ziegler followed immediately by Ciara Brown. Then in set three the Aggies led 7-0 and 14-3 but allowed UTSA to get to within three at 20-17 before finishing off set three.
The Aggies are back in action on Saturday night when they take on Texas State on AggieVision.
The Aggie soccer team returns to action this afternoon as they host Denver. The Pioneers are the first ranked opponent that the Aggies have faced in the program's history as they sit at No. 24 in the Soccer America rankings.
Denver has not lost since their opening match and are riding a 13-match unbeaten streak. Meanwhile the Aggies have struggled all season long to put the ball in the back of the net and as a result have seen some frustrating one-goal losses.
Despite the severe scoring drought, Coach Quinn believes that his team is very close to putting it all together on the offensive side of the ball citing the team's ability to do it in practice but needing to bring it into game time.
The good news for the Aggies is that their defense is stout and can and has kept them in games all season long. The Aggies' goal of reaching the WAC tournament are still well within reach. There are five teams all within four points of each other vying for the last couple of spots in the tournament. The Aggies can make a statement today with a win over Denver and they can also vault themselves right back into the thick of the race if they can pick up the win.
Today's match is scheduled for a 3:00 p.m. (MDT) kickoff and with streaming video available via Aggie Access (subscription required).
The UTSA athletic website recaps the Aggies' win.
The Denver athletic website previews today's match.
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News talks about the Aggies' bye week.
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