COLLEGE STATION, Texas – In a battle of maroon-clad Southeastern Conference foes, the Mississippi State volleyball team (9-8, 0-3) dropped a Friday night showdown to Texas A&M (10-6, 2-3) in its first conference road match of the season.
“It’s tough to win on the road in this league,” fifth-year MSU head coach Jenny Hazelwood said. “I thought we battled very well at times tonight but at the end of the day you cannot make some of the mistakes we made and still expect to win. The good news is with a very young team we were able to keep our composure and keep fighting. We have to find a way to turn the corner though.”
Texas A&M stole the first point of the match but MSU battled throughout, forcing four ties. With their advantage cut to 13-12, the Aggies rattled off five straight points that proved to be the difference in the set as the Bulldogs fell 25-19.
State gave TAMU all they could handle in the second set but could not close the deal after tying the match at 20. MSU quickly jumped out to a 3-1 lead and fought back-and-forth to claim their last lead of the match at 18-17. A 5-0 Aggie run ended it and gave the home team a 2-0 lead in the match entering the break.
The Bulldogs never gained any traction in the third set after A&M stormed out to a 4-0 lead. The Aggies clinched the match 25-16 victory in the final set.
Sophomore Taylor Scott led the way for the Bulldogs as she recorded her seventh double-double of the season and 14th of her career with 11 kills and 11 digs. She also added a block and service ace for 12.5 points on the night.
Freshman standout Kimmy Gardiner also turned in 12.5 points with 12 kills and a block. She also added a dig. Dani McCree tacked on seven kills, while Alex Warren and Chelsea Duhs combined for seven in the middle.
MSU returns to action Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. against the LSU Tigers (11-3, 1-1) in Baton Rouge.
Following the weekend road trip, the Bulldogs return home to face South Carolina and Tennessee on Oct. 18 and 20 in the Newell-Grissom Building.