Texas A&M rolls past Lipscomb
Aggie head coach Corbelli picks up her 499th career win
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M improved to 15-0 all-time in home NCAA tournament matches, and Aggie head coach Laurie Corbelli picked up her 499th head-coaching career win and her 399th victory at A&M as the Aggies defeated Lipscomb, 25-16, 25-16, 12-25, 25-22, in the NCAA championship first round played tonight at Reed Arena.
Corbelli will get her first shot at the milestone 500th victory Friday, as the Aggies face future Southeastern Conference foe Kentucky at 6:30 p.m. at Reed in second-round action. The Wildcats advanced by defeating Dayton, 25-20, 16-25, 22-25, 25-15, 16-14.
Texas A&M (23-7) used a 4-0 run to break a 7-7 tie and begin to pull away in the opening set against the Lady Bisons, who were making their third consecutive NCAA appearance. A&M maintained an 18-14 advantage before the Aggies reeled off six consecutive points, including a block by Elise Hendrickson and Kelsey Black that put A&M at set point. Lipscomb, which was outhit .267 to .029, fought off two set points before Black tooled the block for her fourth kill of the set to close out the frame.
There were nine ties and five lead changes early in the second set before Texas A&M once again took command. Texas A&M used a 3-0 run to regain the lead at 13-12 but Lipscomb tied the score for the final time on a kill by Abby Fay on the next play. The Lady Bisons were then whistled for four hits, a play that marked the start of an 11-1 rally for the Aggies. Lipscomb's Jewell Dobson had a kill to end a run of eight consecutive points for the Aggies, but Lindsey Miller countered with a kill to put the Aggies at set point. Dobson put down another kill before Tori Mellinger tallied the set-clinching kill.
Texas A&M was flat coming out of the intermission, and the scrappy, determined Lady Bisons took advantage of the opportunity. The Aggies spotted Lipscomb the first three points of the set, and the Lady Bisons led the rest of the stanza, outhitting Texas A&M, .312 to -.029, in the 25-12 rout.
The fourth set was tied at 13 when Texas A&M scored four unanswered points to take a 17-13 lead. Lipscomb came back, however, and tied the score for the fifth time in the frame at 21-21. Mellinger broke the tie with a kill and then teamed with Hendrickson for a block to put Texas A&M up, 23-21. Lipscomb's next attack sailed wide, putting Texas A&M at match point. Lipscomb fought off one match point with a block before Alisia Kastmo clinched the win for A&M with a kill.
Texas A&M outhit Lipscomb, .162 to .122, for the match and led in digs (75-67) and blocks (11-7). Lipscomb led in kills (46-45) and aces (5-4).
Black led A&M with 11 kills and completed a double-double with 11 digs. Mellinger led all players with a season-high 20 digs, and libero Megan Pendergast added 17. Setter Allie Sawatzky also posted a double-double with 32 assists and 11 digs.
Dobson led the Lady Bisons with 13 kills, and Lauren Ford added 10. Lipscomb ends the season 20-11.