The Aggie volleyball team kicks off conference play tonight when they take on Seattle. The Redhawks are first-year WAC participants, one of five new teams the Aggies will face in conference play this year along with UTSA, UT Arlington, Texas State and Denver. The Redhawks are 5-5 on the season but come into the match with a little bit of momentum after rallying from a 2-1 deficit to defeat former WAC member Boise State 3-2 (25-22,24-26,23-25,25-22,15-13). The Redhawks have faced some pretty good competition in the non-conference including coming off a weekend in which they played Washington and Long Beach State (losing in three sets in both matches).
The Redhawks are led offensively by outside hitters Kaytlyn Dill and Sarah Jaeckel. Dill is averaging 3.40 kills per set and Jaeckel is averaging 3.14 kills per set. Jaeckel is also the sister of former Florida Gator standout Kristy Jaeckel.
Defensively the Redhawks are averaging 11.62 digs per set and 1.42 blocks per set. Individually Lani Beadle lead the way averaging 2.95 digs per set.
While the Aggies can't afford to overlook anyone, this is a match that the Aggies should win and one that ideally they should sweep, particularly with a tough match against Idaho looming on Saturday night.
Tonight's match is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. (MDT) first serve with live stats available via the Seattle athletic website.
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Zach Ponce of the Las Cruces Sun-News recaps the Aggies' loss to UTEP.
Bill Knight of the El Paso Times recaps the Aggies' loss to UTEP.
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews the Aggies' conference opening weekend.
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