"This weekend's tournament is definitely a really high quality tournament, maybe one of the best that we have an opportunity to compete in," A&M head coach Laurie Corbelli said.
The Aggies, who went 4-0 in their spring season opener last weekend at Texas State in San Marcos, open the one-day tournament against Lamar at 10 a.m., a team they defeated, 25-7, 25-14, in last week's tournament opener.
"Playing Lamar a second time is going to be really important," Corbelli said. "I'm sure that they did not like their first meeting against us last weekend, because they struggled. I anticipate they are going to be much better this week, more prepared. They have video on us, and even though it is spring, we are all very competitive and want to win. I'm anticipating that they will come in a much tougher team with a better mindset, as well as a better strategy."
A&M will then face former Big 12 Conference foes Oklahoma and Baylor at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.
"Playing Baylor and Oklahoma is really not going to take much preparation, because 1) we know them really well, and 2) we compete hard against those teams all the time," Corbelli said. "It will be really fun to see our team gets fired up to play both of those teams."
A&M concludes the tournament against Wichita State at 3 p.m.
"Wichita State is always getting Top 25 votes," Corbelli said. "Their coach runs one of the fastest offenses I've seen, especially to the outside hitters, and those are types of things we really need to see and see how we are doing against that kind of offense."
Matches will be best 2-out-of-3 sets with the third set being played to 15 points.
"Overall I was really pleased with last week's performances, and I hope this weekend we can continue the success and improvement that we have had in blocking and defense, primarily, but also in the setter rotations we are using," Corbelli added. "We are using all three setters and trying to determine with what lineup the team functions the best, and so it is really valuable for us to play in these tournaments."
Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens. The tournament is designated as a Dig Pink event, and everyone is encouraged to wear pink.
A&M concludes its spring season with the College Showcase, to be held at the Dallas Convention Center on April 21.
"We really have to take advantage of this time," Corbelli said. "Even though our daily competition is pretty darn strong right now with the 12 players we have, to play other squads that are coached differently and have different things to offer is so valuable for us. The team does a really good job of understanding that it is really important and they look forward to it. It helps break up the training, but it also helps fulfill that competitive drive inside each one of them."
A&M Schedule at F.A.S.T. Collegiate Invitational:
10 a.m. Texas A&M vs. Lamar (Court 1)
11 a.m. Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma (Court 1)
1 p.m. Texas A&M vs. Baylor (Court 1)
3 p.m. Texas A&M vs. Wichita State (Court 3)
For more information, go to www.FASTComplex.com
Note: Reservations are still being accepted for the Texas A&M Volleyball Annual Awards Banquet to be held Sunday, April 22 at the Zone Club at Kyle Field beginning at 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Banquet tickets are $20 each and include lunch. Parking will be available in Lot 62 in front of Kyle Field. Those wishing to attend should RSVP by Friday, April 6 by contacting Kelly Stumph at email@example.com.