Huskers Fall to Texas A&M, 3-1

Despite a match-high 21 kills from All-American Tara Mueller, the Nebraska volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Texas A&M (28-26, 17-25, 25-19, 25-19) Wednesday night.

Tara Mueller, who reached the 20-kill mark for the second time this season, led three Huskers (9-3, 2-1 Big 12) in double figures in kills, as the Aggies (9-1, 2-0 Big 12) picked up their first win over the Huskers in 20 tries since 1999.

Lindsey Licht had 13 kills on .423 hitting, while Hannah Werth added 11 kills and 12 digs, as the Huskers out-hit the Aggies, .253-.236, but were hurt by 11 service errors and six Aggie aces, compared to only two for the Huskers. It was the first time NU out-hit an opponent but lost since falling at Colorado in 2006.

Sarah Ammerman led the Aggies with a team-high 18 kills, while Mary Batis chipped in 14 as Texas A&M hit .333 in the final two sets of the night after the teams were deadlocked through the first two sets.

The opener was a lost opportunity for the Huskers, as they had three chances to win the set, but couldn't convert before falling 28-26. NU out-hit the Aggies, .233.-220, but were hurt by five service errors, the last coming on the Huskers' first chance to win the set. Licht had four kills for the Huskers, while Sarah Ammerman totaled seven kills for Texas A&M in a set which was closely contested. The Huskers jumped out to quick start on the serving of Sydney Anderson, winning the first four rallies to take a 4-0 lead after a Licht kill and led 7-4 after Licht's third kill of the set. The Aggies fought back, winning four of the next five rallies to pull even at eight. The teams traded points until the Huskers used a 4-1 spurt, turning a 17-all deadlock into a 21-18 lead after a Delano kill. The Aggies would claw back, pulling even at 22 on an ace by Ammerman and the teams traded points until a Kori Cooper kill put the Huskers within set point at 24-23. The teams traded service errors before Lindsey Miller's kill tied the score at 25. NU took one last least at 26-25 on a Brooke Delano kill, but a hitting miscue tied the score before a Mary Batis gave the Aggies their first opportunity to win the set. The Aggies took advantage, as Miller and Kristen Schevikhoven combined on a block of Mueller - the Aggies only block of the set – to take the set, 28-26.

The Huskers came back in the second set, using strong serving from Anderson to key an early run en route to a 25-17 victory to even the match. NU out-hit the Aggies .343-.057, as Mueller had six kills on .600 hitting, while the Huskers also totaled 5.5 blocks in the set. Anderson did most of the damage at the serving line, running off nine straight points from the service line as part of a run of 10 unanswered points to build an early 10-1 advantage. Texas A&M tried to close the gap, pulling to within 16-9, but a block by Cooper and Sydney Anderson began a 4-1 spurt that gave the Huskers a 20-10 lead after a pair of Mueller kills. NU eventually pushed the lead to 24-14 on an Anderson kill and a Mueller kill later on sent the teams to the lockerroom tied at one apiece.

In the third set, Texas A&M used a strong offensive and serving attack to post a 25-19 win. Texas A&M outhit NU, .333-.238 and had three aces in the set. The Aggies used an early 6-1 run to turn an early deficit into a 7-4 lead after a Husker hitting error. Nebraska came back, as Werth had a kill and an ace to put the visitors within 7-6. The Huskers were within 11-10 after a Licht kill, but the Aggies off five of the next six points to build a 15-11 lead on a Mary Batis ace. Nebraska fought back, getting to within 18-15 after a Mueller kill, but a service error and an Ammerman ace pushed the lead back to five points and force a Husker timeout. Texas A&M continued the run with three more points as Ammerman's second ace of the run made it 23-15. The Huskers made one last run, fighting off three set points to pull within 24-19 after two straight kills from Licht, but a service error ended the comeback and put NU in a 2-1 hole.

The Huskers fell behind early in the finale, as the Aggies won seven of the first eight rallies to take an early lead and eventually pushed the margin to 15-6 after a Batis kill. Nebraska chipped away, winning three straight rallies to pull within 15-9 after a Mueller kill, before a Jennifer Banse kill stemmed the run. Trailing 19-12, Nebraska fought back with three straight kills, as Delano put down a pair of kills to make it 19-15 and forced an Aggie timeout. The Huskers fought to within 20-17 after a Mueller kill, but a kill from Alisia Kastmo and a Husker hitting miscue pushed the lead back to five points, at 22-17.

The Huskers will return home to take on No. 2 Texas Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. the match will be carried on selected Husker Sports Network stations and and on In addition, the match will also be carried live on NET Television.

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