No. 2 Texas improves to 8-1 after win over No. 16 Texas A&M in straight sets 25-21, 25-18, 25-21.
The first set was a back and forth battle, neither team took a lead over two points until A&M went on a 4-1 run to take a 14-11 lead, but the Longhorns made their own 4-0 run to take the lead at 15-14. The Longhorns remained on top and pulled ahead late on a 5-1 run to close the set 25-21.
In the second set, Texas took a quick 7-1 lead, stretching that lead to 13-5. A&M responded with a 4-0 run to pull within four, but couldn’t keep up, dropping the set 25-18.
Again, Texas ran up a 4-1 lead, but the Aggies fought back going on a 4-0 run and later took a 10-7 lead after another 5-0 run. A kill from Longhorn Paulina Prieto Cerame switched up the momentum, which Texas built upon to take the set and match 25-21.
Longhorn Paulina Prieto Cerame finished the night with 16 kill and a .344 hitting percentage. Two other Longhorns contributed double-digit kills, Ebony Nwanebu with 11 and Micaya White adding 10.
Hollann Hans led the way for the Aggies, posting a team high 10 kills. Jazzmin Babers was close behind with eight kills and one block.
Texas hit for .305, while holding the Aggies to .179 hitting percentage.
Texas continues play against No. 6 Wisconsin Sept. 18 at noon on their home court. Texas A&M makes their first home appearance Sept. 16 at 4pm facing No. 6 Wisconsin.
Courtesy of Texas athletics
AUSTIN, Texas – No. 2 Texas Volleyball defeated No. 16 Texas A&M, 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-21) on Wednesday night at Gregory Gym to improve to 8-1 on the season.
Three Longhorns finished with double-digit kills, all hitting .292 or better.
Senior Paulina Prieto Cerame led the Horns with 16 kills on 32 swings for a .344 hitting percentage, also adding six digs in the match.
Junior Ebony Nwanebu had 11 kills, hitting .292 and freshman Micaya White finished with 10 kills, hitting .308.
Junior Cat McCoy led Texas in digs with 11, while senior Chloe Collins had 35 assists and sophomore Morgan Johnson led with five blocks.
As a team, Texas hit .305 for its fourth match hitting .300 or better and held Texas A&M to .179. The Horns also outblocked the Aggies, 8.0 to 4.0.
In the first set, neither team led by more than two points until the Aggies went on a 4-1 run to take a 14-11 lead, but the Longhorns responded with a 4-0 run to take a 15-14 lead. Texas kept the lead, but Texas A&M stayed within one or two points until the Horns pulled ahead on a 5-1 run and closed the set, 25-21.
The Longhorns jumped out to an early 7-1 lead to start set two, maintained a six point lead and stretched it to an eight-point lead at 13-5. The Aggies fired back with a 4-0 run to pull within four, but an Agbaji kill righted the Texas ship and the Horns took set two, 25-18.
The third set started like the second, as Texas led 4-1 early, but this time Texas A&M responded with a 4-0 run of its own and took a 10-7 lead later in the set on a 5-0 run. A Prieto Cerame kill gave the Longhorns the momentum back and took an 11-10 lead. Texas built on the lead and executed a 5-0 run to take a 17-12 advantage, but Texas A&M answered with a 5-0 run to tie it at 18. But the Horns had another answer and finished the set on a 7-3 run to win the match, 3-0.
Hollann Hans led the Aggies with 10 kills and 14 digs.
The Longhorns will return home to face No. 6 Wisconsin on Sunday, Sept. 18 at noon CT. The match will be televised live on Longhorn Network, with a pregame show starting at 11:30 a.m.
Texas Head Coach Jerritt Elliott
On freshman Autumn Rounsaville‘s serving: The thing I like about Autumn is she is a very steady young lady. Nothing phases her. She can miss a couple of serves, and then she sticks it. She got it going there at the end. She’s been scoring some runs on us and doing some good things all the way through the spring season.
Senior Setter Chloe Collins
On beating A&M: I thought it was a great feeling. Our fans came out tonight and showed us support and that shows how strong the rivalry is to our university. It’s always great to play Texas A&M. They’re always a great team.
Senior Outside Hitter Paulina Prieto Cerame
On beating A&M: It was really cool. I didn’t think I was going to be able to be part of that rivalry and that game, but it was definitely a great night and our crowd was awesome. I think we’ve done a really good job of keeping the emotions in lock even though they were pretty high.
Courtesy of Texas A&M athletics
AUSTIN, Texas – Texas A&M saw its four-match win streak come to an end as the 16th-ranked Aggies fell to No. 2 Texas, 25-21, 25-18, 25-21, tonight at Gregory Gym. It was the first regular-season match-up between the former longtime conference rivals since Texas A&M left the Big 12 Conference to join the Southeastern Conference in 2012.
There were eight ties to begin the opening set before Aggie freshman outside hitter Hollann Hans tipped the ball in for a kill to give Texas A&M its first lead, 9-8. The Aggies later built their largest lead at 14-11 following a kill by junior outside hitter Kiara McGee before Texas went on a 4-0 run to regain the lead, 15-14. A&M managed to tie the score three more times, the last coming at 18-18 on an Ashlie Reasor kill. The Aggies, who were outhit .310 to .222 in the set, then committed four errors during a 5-1 Texas run that gave the Longhorns their largest lead, 23-19, forcing A&M to call a timeout. Hans put down her fourth kill of the frame following the timeout, but Texas’ Paulina Prieto Cerame countered with her seventh kill to put the Longhorns at set point. Senior middle blocker Jazzmin Babers kept the Aggies alive with a kill off the block, but A&M’s next attack fell wide to end the set, 25-21.
The Aggies spotted Texas a 7-1 lead to begin the second set and were unable to make up the difference. Texas, which outhit A&M .406 to .171 in the set, went on to build a 13-5 lead. The Aggies used a 4-0 run to get within 13-9 but could get no closer.
Babers later had a kill down the line to put A&M within 19-14, but Texas reeled off five unanswered points to be serving for the set, 24-14. McGee’s off-speed shot fell in for a kill on the ensuing play, and sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn Blake and junior setter Stephanie Aiple teamed for a smothering block to extend the set. Blake then put down a punishing kill set up by a Texas overpass, and junior libero Amy Nettles continued the scoring run with an ace to put the Aggies within 24-18, forcing Texas to call a timeout. Texas’ Morgan Johnson then got a kill coming out the timeout to close out the set and give the Longhorns a 2-0 lead in the match.
Texas held a slim 7-5 advantage in the third set before McGee had three kills during a 5-0 run that put A&M up, 10-7 in the third set. Texas called a timeout and then scored four unanswered points upon return to action to regain the lead, 11-10. A&M tied the score at 11- and 12-all before the Aggies committed several miscues during a 5-0 Texas rally. The Aggies fought back and managed to tie the score at 18 as Hans, who led the Aggies with a personal-best 14 digs, put down her team-leading 10th kill, giving the rookie her first career double-double.
Texas, which outhit A&M, .206 to .152 in the set, regrouped following a timeout and ripped off six consecutive points to be serving for the match, 24-18. The Longhorns’ attack at match point sailed long, and Hans registered her second ace to put A&M within 24-21. Babers and Aiple continued the scoring for the Aggies, teaming for a block, before A&M served into the net to end the match.
The Aggies fall to 6-4 on the season after being held to a .179 hitting efficiency and being outblocked, 8-4.
Texas hit .305 for the match, a season high by an A&M opponent, to win its 20th consecutive home match and improve to 8-1 on the season. Prieto Cerame led the Longhorns with 16 kills.
After playing its first 10 matches away from home, Texas A&M makes its Reed Arena season debut on Friday as the Aggies play host to No. 6 Wisconsin. First serve against the Badgers is at 4 p.m., and the match will be broadcast on SEC +, available on WatchESPN.com. The match is the final pre-conference match for the defending SEC-champion Aggies, who open league play at Alabama on Friday Sept. 23.