BRYAN COLLEGE STATION, Texas. – Texas A&M lost their game against No. 11 Florida 3-1 (25-18, 25-16, 17-25, 25-20). The Aggies return to Reed Arena for Senior Night against LSU on Wednesday, November 16.
The leader was A&M (12-14, 4-11 SEC). Caroline Meuthwho had 17 kills that day. Mia Johnson kicked off her season of kills when she registered 13 to pair with her two service aces. Elena Karakasi hit her 11th double-double of the season with 29 assists and 10 digs. Leading the Aggies defensively was Ava Underwood as she posted a career-high 16 digs to pair with her five assists.
Florida (20-4, 12-2 SEC) was the early aggressor as they opened the match with a 6-2 run, but a quick A&M reaction ended the game on 10. The Gators found their rhythm as they hit a Lauf made it 18-12 leading to a timeout by Coach Bird. Florida continued its momentum, winning the opening set 25-18.
The Gators continued their rhythm in the second frame as they took an early 9-3 lead. Florida continued their run, resulting in an Aggie timeout, 15-3. A&M connected an 8-2 run that forced a Gator timeout. The Aggies kept fighting, but Florida won the set 25-16.
The Maroon & White burst into flames as they opened the frame with a 5-1 run. The Aggies continued their hot start and extended their lead to 13-7. A service ace by Brooke Frazier forced a timeout from the Gators as A&M led 21-15. The Maroon & White didn’t let Florida get close and won the set 25-17.
The Aggies picked up where they left off as they opened the fourth frame 3-1. A back-and-forth battle began as the teams tied at eight. Florida gained a slight advantage by leading 15-12 at the media timeout. The Gators extended their lead to 23-17, resulting in an A&M timeout. The Aggies responded with a 3-0 run that forced Florida to time out of their own. The Gators found their rhythm and ended the set and match 25-20.
The Aggies will host LSU on Wednesday, November 16 at the Reed Arena for Senior Day, the match starts at 6 p.m. and will air on SEC Network+.
Head coach Laura “Bird” Kuhn
On the team’s strong reaction in the third set…
“That’s us, this team grinds and works together. We have players coming up for us which is great, we just have to be consistent throughout the game.”
Newcomer DS/Libero Ava Underwood
To communicate in court…
“I think our communication has really improved over the course of the season and that’s what we focus on every day. We know that as a whole we will improve if we keep working for each other.”
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