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Volleyball Gears Up for Two-Match Battle at No. 20 Tennessee

A&M’s most recent outing resulted in a dominant sweep of South Carolina last Sunday
Credit: 12th Man Athletics/Texas A&M Photos

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M gears up for its first set of back-to-back Southeastern Conference matches this weekend, as the Aggies (9-3, 2-0 SEC) travel to Rocky Top for a battle with the No. 20 Tennessee Lady Vols (11-2, 3-0 SEC) on Saturday (4 p.m. CT) and Sunday (12 p.m. CT).

 

Saturday’s match is available for streaming via SEC Network+, while Sunday’s contest is set to be broadcast nationally on SEC Network with Eric Frede (play-by-play) and Jenny Hazelwood (analyst) on the call. The live simulcast of both matches is available to authenticated subscribers via the ESPN app.

 

A&M’s most recent outing resulted in a dominant sweep of South Carolina last Sunday, as the Aggies held the Gamecocks to their second-lowest hitting percentage (.152) of the year. The balanced offensive attack featured five players that logged at least seven kills, highlighted by a nine-kill outburst from Mallory Talbert. Camryn Ennis booked a season high with eight smashes, while London Austin-Roark added eight of her own. Talbert proved to be a stalwart in the front row, tying a season high with five rejections at the net, while Taylor Voss led the way on the back line with 11 total digs.

 

The Aggies rattled off an impressive 8-1 record in the month of September and are winners of four of their last five matches. The Maroon & White continue to be led offensively by the one-two punch of Morgan Christon and Lauren Davis on the outside pins. Christon holds a decisive lead in points (163.5) and kills (151), while Davis ranks second on the team in each category with 136.0 points and 126 kills.

 

Under the leadership of fourth-year head coach Eve Rackham, Tennessee enters the fray on a three-match win streak, all against SEC opposition. The Lady Vols swept past Auburn earlier this week, collecting its ninth straight-set victory this season and second-consecutive sweep in conference action. Tennessee is led on the court by Breana Runnels and Morgahn Fingall, who each average over 3.00 kills per set. As a team, the Lady Vol defense has held their opponents to a .146 hitting percentage – the second-best defensive mark among SEC contenders.

 

Texas A&M holds a slim 10-9 advantage in the all-time series with Tennessee, splitting the 10 matches played in Knoxville. Twelve of the Aggies’ 19 meetings with the Lady Vols have been since A&M joined the SEC in 2012, with the Maroon & White leading conference matchups by an 8-4 margin. A&M’s last road victory over Tennessee was on Nov. 16, 2016, in which the Aggies topped the Lady Vols in a four-set affair.