March 26, 2011

RICHMOND, Texas - Texas A&M volleyball coach Laurie Corbelli was impressed as her team opened the spring season by winning three of four matches at the Texas Pride Collegiate Invitational today at Slater's Sports Zone.

All three victories were against teams that participated in the NCAA tournament last season.

"It was fun to have the adrenaline again for a competition, and it certainly was a competitive field with some great volleyball," Corbelli said. "We are glad that we came prepared and played hard and had some really strong results."

The Aggies opened with a 25-18, 21-25, 15-10 victory over Wichita State and then swept Texas-San Antonio 25-19, 25-17. A&M suffered its only loss, 26-24, 25-16, to TCU, where former Aggie standout libero Holly (Clay) Jones (2002-05) was recently named assistant coach. A&M then rebounded and concluded the tournament with a 25-12, 25-21 win against non-conference rival LSU.

"Our philosophy in the spring is to put various people in different spots and see how they compete and how they work through things, because we can't do that in the fall," Corbelli said. "We worked a lot on mixing up the lineup to some degree, and it was a success. Everybody responded better than expected. Overall I think the team really learned a lot and made it a positive experience."

Later this spring, A&M will compete at the Rice Spring Tournament in Houston on April 16. Other teams competing include Temple, Stephen F. Austin, Lamar, Sam Houston State, and Texas State, among others. Action starts at 9 a.m. and takes place inside Tudor Fieldhouse and Fox Gymnasium.