The Aggie volleyball team suffered what can only be described as a "bad" loss last night on the road at UT Arlington. The Aggies fell 3-1 to the Mavericks, a team that less than a month ago they handled with relative ease. The Aggies suffered through bad passing much of the evening and even in their lone set victory, a 25-12 romp, the team registered just 10 kills and committed six attack errors. On the evening the Aggies hit just .140 committing 30 attack errors. The Aggies also had just one service ace, five service errors and had six receiving errors (in other words were aced six times) including on match point which unfortunately was a fitting way for the match to end considering the problems the Aggies had in the serve-receive game.
The loss drops the Aggies into a second place tie with Idaho who fell in five sets at Utah State last night. For the moment the Aggies hold the tiebreaker with Idaho but there is still a lot of volleyball to be played. One would figure that the Aggies can't afford to lose more than two more matches the rest of the way if they want to be a top two seed in the WAC Tournament and losses to lower tier teams remove some of the mental edge that you might have over a first-round opponent as a higher seed.
The Aggies will look to rebound on Saturday when they face Louisiana Tech, a team that gave them fits in Las Cruces. The Lady Techsters are winless in conference play losing to Denver 3-1 last night.
The Aggie soccer team in back in action as they face the Texas State Bobcats this afternoon. The Aggies are in last place in the league standings but still have a realistic and legitimate shot at making the tournament. The teams that are immediately above them in the standings are Idaho (4), UTSA (5), San Jose State (6), Texas State (6) and Seattle (7) and number in parenthesis denotes how many points the team has. The Aggies still face Idaho, UTSA, Texas State and Seattle. If the Aggies can find a way to get nine or ten points out of that stretch they'll have a very good chance of making it in as either a six or possibly even a five seed.
Hopefully the Aggies' win over Cal State Bakersfield this past Sunday, a win which saw them break a month-long scoring drought, will propel them to a strong finish.
Today's match is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. (MDT) kickoff. Live Stats will be available via the Texas State athletic website.
The UT Arlington athletic website recaps the Aggies' loss.
The Shorthorn provides photos from last night's match.
Kraig Williams of the Deseret News takes a look at the USU defense.
Justin McKissick of KSL.com notes that USU head coach Gary Andersen has continued to stay focused with the recent success of his team.
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