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Volleyball sweeps A&M for first NCAA win, awaits Texas

Postby PonyPride » Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:38 am

From SMUMustangs.com:

SMU Sweeps Texas A&M For First NCAA Tournament Victory; Advances To Play Texas Saturday

AUSTIN, Texas (SMU) – The SMU volleyball team defeated Texas A&M in straight sets (25-23, 25-23, 25-18) to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Austin, Texas. Katie Hegarty matched the SMU postseason record with 14 kills to lead the Mustangs, who improved to 26-7 overall. The Aggies fell to 21-9 with just their second first-round loss in the last seven tournament appearances.

"I'm just so incredibly proud of the way that we worked all season," SMU head coach Lisa Seifert said after the match. "I think we came into early August during our two-a-days and pretty much questioned what was going to happen. We didn't know for sure who was going to run our offense, or what our offense was going to be. We had to fill some spots in the left side and we just turned it up since then. The last eight to ten matches have been some of our best. This particular match that we just played, in my opinion, was our best."

SMU became the first American Athletic Conference team to win an NCAA Tournament match, improving to 1-1 in the postseason after a 3-1 loss to Purdue in the first round in Austin in 2015. This was also the first meeting between SMU and Texas A&M.

In the third set, SMU went on a 7-1 run to take a 17-11 lead. The Aggies scored four straight to get to within two, 17-15, but the Mustangs made sure the opportunity to end the match as early as possible didn't slip away. SMU went on a 7-1 run to stretch the lead to eight, 24-16, matching its largest lead of the contest. The Aggies scored two points before Janelle Giordano smashed her 10th kill of the match to secure the victory with the 25-18 win.

Kristen Stehling also scored 10 kills, hitting a match-high .500, giving SMU three attackers in double figures. Giordano also had six blocks, while Hegarty accounted for five, with SMU recording 10 blocks as a team. SMU matched Texas A&M with 46 kills, and freshman setter Kendall Patterson had 36 assists and 10 digs. Morgan Heise finished with a match-high 20 digs as SMU held the Aggies to a .177 attack percentage. The Mustangs hit .248 as a team, committing just 13 attack errors with just one from its senior middle blockers. Lauren Mills added seven kills with 11 digs.

The Mustangs held off a late charge by the Aggies to win the first set, 25-23. SMU scored five of the first seven points in the set, and continued the run to take a 13-5 lead, scoring three straight after a Texas A&M timeout to cap off the rally. Once the Aggies ended the SMU run with their sixth point of the set, they scored four straight to start an 8-1 run, cutting the lead to one, 14-13. The Mustangs answered with a 4-0 run to recapture the momentum, taking an 18-13 lead and forcing Texas A&M into its second timeout. With SMU leading by five, 20-15, the Aggies went on a 5-1 run, cutting the lead to one once again, 21-20. SMU led 24-21 after back-to-back kills, but the Aggies fought off two set points before Mills scored to give SMU the 25-23 win.

SMU took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-23 win in the second set, again edging out the Aggies late in the set. Texas A&M called timeout trailing by two, 19-17, and quickly tied the score with a pair of kills. The score was still tied, 22-22, but Mills again answered the call with a kill on SMU's second set-point attempt, giving SMU the 25-23 win. After the two teams traded points on each of the first 18 serves, SMU scored three straight to take a 12-9 lead. Texas A&M later scored four unanswered to take a 15-14 lead. Once the Mustangs recaptured the lead, 18-17, the Aggies never led again.

The Mustangs advance to play Texas in the second round Saturday at 7 p.m. The match will be carried by the Longhorn Network, and can be seen online on ESPN3 with a Longhorn Network subscription. The Longhorns, seeded fourth in the tournament overall, advanced with a 3-0 win against UT-Rio Grande Valley.
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Re: Volleyball sweeps A&M for first NCAA win, awaits Texas

Postby DanFreibergerForHeisman » Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:05 pm

One hour until SMU vs. Texas!!!!

It is on Bevo TV.

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Postby smusic 00 » Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:25 pm

Yes, LHN network on directv
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Re: Volleyball sweeps A&M for first NCAA win, awaits Texas

Postby DanFreibergerForHeisman » Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:16 pm

SMU playing pretty well so far.

Texas up 15-11 in the first set.
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Postby DanFreibergerForHeisman » Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:27 pm

First set kind of got away from the Ponies...

Texas up 1-0 after winning the first set 25-15.
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Postby DanFreibergerForHeisman » Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:44 pm

Another good start to the second set. Texas up 15-12 at the media timeout.
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Postby DanFreibergerForHeisman » Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:56 pm

And once again Texas pulls away and wins the second set 25-18.
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Postby DanFreibergerForHeisman » Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:07 pm

Third set underway - Go Ponies!!!
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Postby DanFreibergerForHeisman » Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:14 pm

Texas up 10-5 in the third.
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Re: Volleyball sweeps A&M for first NCAA win, awaits Texas

Postby DanFreibergerForHeisman » Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:28 pm

Texas sweeps SMU 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-12).

Great season for the Ponies!!!
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Postby JoeKidd » Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:01 pm

Congrats to all the ladies on the VBall team. Wish we could have gotten Texas on their home court, but winning the AAC and winning a tourney game is a great season. My daughter and I went to a couple of games and thoroughly enjoyed watching them play.
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Re: Volleyball sweeps A&M for first NCAA win, awaits Texas

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Re: Volleyball sweeps A&M for first NCAA win, awaits Texas

Postby redpony » Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:15 pm

I wish the ponies would have won but the whorens are pretty good. At least my granddaughter's team beat the crap out of tc-who. Maybe they will meet the whorens later in the tourney and they already beat them once in the regular season. GO Huskers. :)
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Re: Volleyball sweeps A&M for first NCAA win, awaits Texas

Postby indianmustang » Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:01 am

looks like we lost to either champion or runnerup :D
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Re: Volleyball sweeps A&M for first NCAA win, awaits Texas

Postby PonyPride » Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:24 pm

Texas was the runner-up — lost in the final to Stanford
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