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Freshman Kimmy Gardiner finished with a team-best 14 kills against Texas A&M Friday night.
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MSU Drops Maroon-Clad Volleyball Battle To Texas A&M

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November 08, 2013
STARKVILLE, Miss. – In a battle of maroon-clad Southeastern Conference foes, the Mississippi State volleyball team (11-15, 2-10) dropped a three-set match to the Texas A&M Aggies (12-10, 4-7) Friday night in the Newell-Grissom Building.

“Texas A&M is a well-coached and talented team,” fifth-year MSU coach Jenny Hazelwood said. “I thought we had our runs where we played well but overall we didn’t play at a high enough level the whole match. Our players will have a chance to get rested with an off day Sunday and then we’ll get back at it Monday.”

Texas A&M took an early lead in the match but MSU managed to pull ahead at 9-8. When the Aggies went on an 11-2 run after State claimed a 15-14 advantage, they clinched the first set 25-17.

The Bulldogs managed to battle to 19-18 in the second frame before TAMU sealed the deal at 25-21. A&M claimed the clinching set in similar fashion at 25-15.

Freshman Kimmy Gardiner notched a team-best 14 kills with a .367 hitting clip (14-3-30), while sophomore Taylor Scott chased her with 13 kills and nine digs.

Standout libero Roxanne McVey turned in 17 digs, while the setting duo of Suzanne Horner and Katlyn Mataya combined for 31 of the team’s 39 assists.

Kaitlyn Shcoeppner recorded her first-career kill in the opening set along with a dig. She was one of nine different Bulldogs to record a kill in the match.

Up next for the Bulldogs will be No. 19 Kentucky on Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. followed by Georgia on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 1:30 p.m. Both matches will be at home in the Newell-Grissom Building.

Fans can follow the Mississippi State volleyball program on Twitter @HailStateVB, Instagram @HailStateVB and Facebook at facebook.com/HailStateVB.

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