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Texas A&M Volleyball

Hans notches 21 kills, not enough to take down No. 15 Kentucky

October 21, 2018
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Sunday afternoon Texas A&M Volleyball took to Reed Arena to play against Kentucky who is currently undefeated in SEC play and dropped the match in a close five sets, 25-19, 19-25, 25-22, 20-25, 5-15. 

The entire match was close with long rallies and exceptional defense displayed by the Aggies. Both teams knew they had the power, but being able to pick those hits up is when it became difficult --especially after a lengthy five sets. Coach Laura “Bird” Kuhn responded to the fifth set finish. 

"Volleyball is a game of momentum. Those two or three runs in the fifth set, you will feel a lot more," Kuhn said. "That is execution, passing, and fundamentals. Volleyball is a serve- and -pass game no matter what level you are at.” 

Junior Hollann Hans led the team in kills with 21. Middle blocker Makena Patterson was second in kills with 10 and added six blocks. Freshman middle London Austin-Roark also finished the match with six blocks and six kills. 

With the way that Kentucky hit and the strength behind their kills, Amy Houser, Allison Fields, Hollann Hans, and Brookah Palmer contributed nicely putting up 63 digs total in the match. 

The Aggies will return to Reed Arena on Friday, October 26 to face Alabama. 

“I am proud of our fight. We are pretty consistent with five-set matches. We are going to figure out how to finish; this team has to figure out how to finish,” says Coach Kuhn. 

 

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Hans notches 21 kills, not enough to take down No. 15 Kentucky

tk for tu juan
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Did the Kentucky coach learn the human rain delay technique from Tennessee softball? What's the record for the number of towels used on the floor in one match?
flintdragon
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I'm so ready for this team to get over the hump and start winning more of these types of games and start building momentum into establishing a top 25 team. There is no reason we cannot be one.

About the towels: has there been a concerted effort in the volleyball world to continually look for moisture on the floor? I swear every game is like that now, even in high school.
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It was a definite delay tactic in this instance and constantly being done for a few points almost in succession. If it had been less frequent probably could have not gotten a yellow card.

Don't remember them ever stopping play during the fifth set during the beat down when they should be sweating even more after more play.

We have to have more production than Hans to win. I didn't see it against Kentucky after the first set. And Hans numbers without the first set were solid but not spectacular
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