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The highs and lows of A&M, Tennessee volleyball

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Sophomore L/DS Ava Underwood (12) sets the ball during Texas A&M’s game against Georgia on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023 at Reed Arena. (CJ Smith/The Battalion)

Texas A&M volleyball is hitting the road to play against No. 12 University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers. The match is set for Sunday, Oct. 29 in Knoxville, Tennessee starting at 1:00 p.m.
The Aggies had been climbing to the top with a four-game winning streak before they struck two back-to-back losses against Florida and Georgia within the span of three days.
During both games, the Aggies fought long and hard for every point they earned but still came up short.
“We need to get our offense firing,” coach Jamie Morrison said. “We have been doing some player-specific work, and I am excited to see that pay off in future games. We need to dive into the details and make sure we get our train back on the tracks.”
Sophomore opposite hitter Logan Lednicky currently leads A&M with the highest number of kills this conference season with 148. Behind Lednicky is graduate outside hitter Caroline Meuth with 106 kills and freshman outside hitter Bianna Muoneke with 86. Those three players have continued to bring their A-game during each match.
The Aggies’ defensive skills have continued to show out. Sophomore libero Ava Underwood holds the title of most digs for A&M with a total of 122. Sophomore middle blocker Ifenna Cos-Okpalla leads the Aggies with 62 blocks.
The Lady Volunteers were on an 11-game winning streak before entering a two-game loss streak against Kentucky and Arkansas. However, they came back strong with a win in their following game against Missouri. Hoping to restart a new winning streak, Tennessee is ready to bring it on.
The Lady Volunteers have maintained a robust defensive position. Graduate opposite hitter Morgahn Fingall leads Tennessee with a total of 147 kills this season. Graduate and junior outside hitters Jenaisya Moore and Erykah Lovett join Fingall in the triple digits with their kills for the season.
On top of Fingall leading her team with the highest kills, she also takes the top spot in most blocks, having 24 this season. Right behind by a close second is sophomore middle blocker Keondreya Granberry with 23 blocks. Graduate libero Yelianiz Torres has also been triumphant with an earned total of 155 digs.
The Maroon and White are the top-ranked in the SEC with the highest total blocks this conference season and have accumulated a .230 hitting percentage.
Tennessee leads in the conference season with the highest number of digs and boasts a hitting percentage of .253 this season.
Although both teams have exhibited distinct strengths and weaknesses, their resilience shines through as they refuse to surrender easily; instead, they consistently bounce back stronger, showcasing remarkable improvements with each challenge faced.

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Idani Cantu, Sports Writer
Idani Cantu is a senior Agricultural Communication and Journalism major.
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