TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Despite a disappointing stretch of SEC play, including a recent 0-2 finish in two matches against Georgia, the Tide was able to rebound nicely and secure a win against a league opponent in Texas A&M. The Tide defeated the Aggies in 4 sets (22-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-20).
Though it was a tight beginning to set 1, Texas A&M took a 3 point lead at the 15-18 mark. The Aggies would go on to hold set point at 17-24, but, in an incredible effort, the Tide held off 5 set points. However, it wasn’t enough as Texas A&M took the first set 25-22.
Though they had lost the first set, the Tide built off of their late momentum as they entered set 2. Sophomore OH Sami Jacobs rattled off three service aces to put the Tide ahead 10-7. After tying it at 15, the Aggies put up a tough fight, forcing extra points. Alabama would prevail, however, and take set 2 26-24.
The third set began with a slight advantage to Alabama. Senior Opp Emily Janek enjoyed her 5th solo block of the match, putting the Tide ahead 13-8. However, the Aggies would come back to make it a game, as they tied the score at 22. Still, the Tide rebounded and took set 3 25-23.
Two aces in a row by graduate student OH Abby Marjama gave the Tide an early edge as they went up 12-10. Another Marjama ace later in the set extended the lead to 21-17. Alabama traded points to end the set, and won 25-20 to secure a well-earned win over the Aggies.
With the win, the Tide rises to 8-15 (2-9).