Lady Vols drop five-set match to Aggies

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Tennessee’s volleyball team suffered its first Southeastern Conference loss of the 2021 season Sunday afternoon.

Less than 24 hours after the No. 20 Lady Vols swept Texas A&M, UT dropped a five-set match to the Aggies, 24-26, 25-23, 17-25, 25-21, 17-15, at Thompson-Boling Arena.

With the win, Texas A&M (10-4, 3-1 SEC) salvaged a split in the two-game conference series.

The Aggies picked up a solid defensive effort from Camille Conner. Conner finished the marathon match with 14 digs and five blocks.

Texas A&M also had three players post double figures in kills as Morgan Christian had 20. Lauren Davis added 16 and Destiny Cox finished with 15.

For the Lady Vols. Danielle Mahaffey tallied 14 kills and seven blocks. Breanna Runnels totaled 13 kills and Ava Bell finished the match with 11 kills and six blocks.

Natalie Hayward was the Lady Vols’ top passer as she amassed 49 assists. She also had 20 digs and four blocks.

Madison Bryant had 23 digs and six assists while Lily Felts finished with 11 digs, two assists and one ace.