GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Texas A&M volleyball team lost to 15th-ranked Florida 25-17, 19-25, 25-18, 22-25, 15-13 on Saturday in Southeastern Conference play at Exactech Arena.
Florida (25-4, 16-2) clinched a share of the SEC title with No. 14 Kentucky (23-6, 16-2), while A&M (21-7, 13-5) finished tied for third with Missouri (21-7, 13-5).
A&M freshman opposite hitter Treyaunna Rush tied her career high for kills (12) and blocks (six), while junior middle blocker Makena Patterson had 12 kills and seven blocks. Senior outside hitter Hollann Hans also had 11 kills, 10 digs, four blocks and two aces.
A&M had leads of 3-0 and 6-3 in the fifth set, but Florida used a 4-0 run to take a 9-7 lead then reached match point with a 5-0 run. Patterson kept A&M in it with a kill, then a Florida attack error, an ace by Taylor Voss and another Gator attack error got the Aggies to within 14-13 and forced Florida to call a timeout.
Thayer Hall then ended the match with a kill. Hall led Florida with 16 kills, while Rachael Kramer had 13 and Lauren Dooley 10.
A&M will learn its NCAA tournament fate during the selection show set for 7:30 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU. With an RPI of 13th, the Aggies are expected to earn an at-large bid.