Nov. 19, 2012
- Match Promotions
- Winners of 12 of its last 13 matches, including seven in a row, the Lady Vols welcome Texas A&M to Thompson-Boling Arena for the first time on Wednesday night. The meeting marks just the ninth matchup between the two sides.
- With a straight-set win in College Station earlier this season, Tennessee currently leads the series against the Aggies by a 6-2 margin. Prior to the meeting in mid-October, the two sides hadn't met since a second round matchup in the 2004 NCAA Tournament. UT won that match in four.
- With Florida having clinched the SEC title, UT and the Aggies will fight it out for second place in the conference. Last week, A&M clinched the SEC West Division in its first season in the league.
- Tennessee has won two straight against A&M and is 3-1 all-time against the Aggies in Knoxville. However, this will be the first meeting at Thompson-Boling Arena - where UT began playing full-time in 2008.
- Of the eight matches in the all-time series, six have been decided in three frames.
- After taking over the program in 1997, head coach Rob Patrick is now 2-0 against the Aggies all-time.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES
- SEC West Champion Texas A&M comes into Wednesday night's match with a 22-5 overall record and the same 14-4 conference mark as the Lady Vols.
- A&M and the Lady Vols are the two hottest teams in the SEC right now, having both won seven-consecutive matches.
- The Aggies, who are also receiving votes in the national rankings, sit just three places behind UT in the most recent RPI at No. 18.
- The Aggies are one of the premier offensive teams in the conference, leading the league in assists per set (13.56) and kills per set (14.54). Nationally, they rank 14th and 12th in those categories, respectively.
- Defensively, Texas A&M also leads the league in opponent hitting percentage - holding their opponents to a .167 attacking clip. The Aggies sit in third place in the SEC in digs per set (16.64).
- Leading A&M on the offensive side is 6-foot-4 senior hitter Alisia Kastmo. An All-Big 12 honoree last season, she has 344 kills on the season for an average of 3.66 per set - a mark that ranks seventh in the SEC. Kastmo also leads the team and ranks fourth in the conference with 0.28 aces per frame.
- Defensively, the Aggies are led at the net by senior middle blocker Lindsey Miller. She ranks sixth in the SEC with 1.05 blocks per set. Miller is also a major offensive contributor, ranking third on the team in kills and leading the way with a .337 attacking clip.
- Laurie Corbelli is in her 20th season with Texas A&M and has guided the Aggies to NCAA Tournament appearances in 15 of the last 19 seasons, including a second round appearance last year. She holds a record of 421-199 at A&M.