Not to be greedy, but it would have made for an easy story if the Texas A&M volleyball team would have found a way on Sunday to play at the end of their match against Florida like it did the first 180 or so points.

A win over the No. 9 Gators would have been coach Laurie Corbelli's 500th in 23 seasons at Texas A&M and her 600th as a collegiate coach.

As it is, the Aggies will have to wait until at least Friday to have a celebratory piece of cake or slice of a cookie.

"I hope so, I like chocolate," Corbelli said of reaching the milestone. "We will have a little celebration and we'll give the girls the weekeend off. It's about time. They really wanted it against Florida and I know they were very disappointed, but I was proud of their performance."

The Aggies have found the going tough against ranked opponents and at the same time have for the most part taken care of business against those teams they should beat.

That is why its difficult to tell where they stand in the race for a NCAA tournament berth.

It's also why winning at Georgia on Friday takes precedence over any individual accolades.

Without a signature win, the Aggies can ill afford a bad loss, which is something they have done an admirable job of considering they have been away from the friendly confines of Reed Arena for nearly the entire schedule.

"I look at our seven losses and most teams in the country that would have those seven teams on their schedule chances are they would be 0 and 7, too," Corbelli said.  "So it does make it difficult to know where we really stand because the losses we do have are to really good teams, but those also keep us out of Top 25. Right now I'm not that worried about it. I'm worried about today's practice, this week's match and the health of our kids."

A&M, 11-7 overall and 5-2 in the SEC, has  11 regular season matches remaining. It's anybody's guess what it would take to get into the NCAA tournament. A 20-win season should put a team with A&M's schedule in the postseason and would give Corbelli 508 wins at A&M and 608 and counting in her career.

 "It just all becomes a blur to even think I've coached that many matches, much less had that many wins," Corbelli said. "Every day I feel fortunate to be an Aggie coach, what an awesome institution, what a lot of support I've had over all these years the kids I get to coach. A lot of people would love to have this position and I'm the lucky one."

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Jay Bowers

Woodward, here is another sport that needs a coaching change. Volleyball can't compete against nations elite and needs an injection of new life in the program. Recruit the elite girls and compete at the top.

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