The Texas A&M volleyball team split its day-night doubleheader Friday, beating Nicholls State University 25-18, 25-17, 25-18 and losing to Missouri State 11-25, 26-24, 15-25, 25-19, 15-11 to wrap up play in the A&M Invitational at Reed Arena.
The Aggies (6-3) cruised in their morning match, outhitting Nicholls State (2-8) .234 to .024 while using 15 different players in the sweep. Samantha Sanders, Maddie Douglas, Makena Patterson and Morgan Davis each had seven kills to lead A&M’s widespread attack. Davis hit .636, while Douglas hit .538.
Setter Camille Conner had 25 assists and nine digs, and Sydney Little had nine digs.
A&M played a see-saw match with MSU (5-5) in the nightcap and finished with more kills (72-60) and a higher attack percentage (.292 to .240) despite losing the overall match.
Down 2-1 in sets, MSU won eight straight points to win the fourth set and force a fifth. Then in the fifth set, Patterson and Davis combined on a block of MSU’s Ashley Ophoven for a 10-8 lead, but again the Bears rallied, this time finishing off the match with a 7-1 run that included five attack errors and a service error by the Aggies.
Brookah Palmer had 24 kills and hit .404 to lead A&M’s offense against MSU, while Hollann Hans had 17 kills and Davis had 13. Allison Fields and Amy Houser each had 20 digs for A&M.
Amelia Flynn led MSU with 13 kills, whle Ophoven had 11. Emily Butters had 19 digs, and Leah Vokolek had 17.
A&M will face Oklahoma at the OU/Nike Invitational at 7 p.m. next Friday at McCasland Field House in Norman, Oklahoma.