Auburn, AL: In the second game in two days, the Auburn Tigers took on the Texas A&M Aggies inside Neville Arena with the Tigers coming out victorious 3-1 (25-21, 29-27, 24-26, 33-31). This win gave the Tigers their 20th win on the season, the first time the program has reached this mark since 2010.
The Tigers picked up right where they left off on Saturday night, taking down the Aggies in the first set 25-21. Auburn’s offense had another strong showing in this set, having 14 kills and two service aces. Texas A&M helped the Tigers in this set, committing four service aces along with five attack errors and were unable to find a way to come back from those mistakes.
The second set was a battle from start to finish. Both teams held the lead for extended periods of time, but it was the Tigers who were able to come out of the second set with the 29-27 win and take the 2-0 match lead. The Tigers again were able to get it working on offense with 17 kills and two service aces on a .278 hitting percentage. The Aggies did all they could to stay in this set, getting 17 kills with a .275 hitting percentage but in the end the Tigers offense was just too much for Texas A&M.
On the break of a sweep in straight sets, the Aggies were able to find a way to fight back as they took the third set 26-24. The Aggies offense was just too much to handle for the Tigers, with 18 kills and 2 service aces on a .394 hitting percentage. Even with Texas A&M committing five service errors, Auburn was not able to come away with the sweep and would have to play a fourth set to secure the match win.
Just like the third set, it was a battle for the ages as the set once again went into extra points, with Auburn finally being able to pull out the win 33-31 to clinch the match for the Tigers 3-1. The story of this set were service errors, with each team committing six along with a combined 13 attack errors. However, Auburn’s 20 kills were able to propel them to victory, despite some of the errors.
Auburn Volleyball will be back in action on Friday, November 11th, as they travel to Oxford, Mississippi to take on Ole Miss. The game will start at 6:30 PM and air on the SEC Network +.