The Daily Aggie :: 10/31/10

Apologies for the late, light post today. We'll have a full wrap up of this weekend's games tomorrow including our thoughts on yesterday's wild and crazy ending to the Homecoming game.

In the meantime, don't forget that the Aggie volleyball team is in action tonight in less than three hours as they try to trick the Wahine and treat themselves to a Halloween victory (sorry, we couldn't resist). The match will be televised on AggieVision and streamed online via ESPN3.com.

The Aggies must do a much better job of just about everything over their first match with the Wahine and we suspect that they will. Whether that will result in a victory tonight remains to be seen. However, the Aggies have beaten the Wahine in 2006 and 2008 and if the trend holds then this year would be the year for the Aggies to earn the victory over Hawai'i. Maybe they can even do it twice because if they did, the second win would almost certainly come in the WAC Volleyball Tournament championship match and that of course would mean an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

If you don't get AggieVision and you can't access ESPN3.com, we'll be posting score updates on our Twitter page (@AgsBleedCrimson).

Names to know for tonight's match: Kanani Danielson. The Aggies must find a way to keep her impact to a minimum. Brittany Hewitt. Leads the nation in blocks per set. The Aggies must find a way to get balls past her. They also need to do a better job defensively on her. In the last match, Hewitt set a UH record for hitting percentage (rally scoring) as she hit .917 with 11 kills, no attack errors in 12 swings and also had five block assists. Emily Maeda. If there's a "weak link" on this Hawai'i team, it's probably Maeda. She's a defensive specialist for the Wahine but she can be attacked. She's not the strongest Wahine in serve receive and doesn't get the same kinds of digs that standout libero Elizabeth Kaaihue does. Chanteale Satele. Absolutely pounds the ball on the right side. The Aggies need to be able to dig her attacks (obviously easier said than done).

For the Aggies, it's all about the big four plus one. Giddens, Brennan and DeVries need to all be strong. The Aggies need to get a good game out of Whitney Woods who doesn't have the best track record against the Wahine. And the plus one? The Aggies need someone else to step up offensively. When the Aggies have beaten the Wahine, someone else, one of the role players, has had a great match. In 2008 it was middle blocker Erin Birmingham (five kills, four block assists and a solo block). In 2006 it was Anna Callis (14 kills, five block assists). The Aggies need that "unexpected" breakout game from someone whether it's Amanda Tonga, Rocio Gutierrez, Michelle Kuester. Whoever it may be. The Aggies need that big "out of nowhere" performance.

On to today's links...

Aggie Football
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News talks about Taveon Rogers' big day.

Teddy Feinberg recaps the last second Aggie win.

The Sports Network recaps the Aggies' thrilling victory.

Aggie Volleyball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews tonight's match.

Ann Miller of the Honolulu Star Advertiser writes that the Wahine sweep earlier in the season was good for the Aggies.

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