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Aggies volleyball team ends season with ninth straight win

Aggies volleyball team ends season with ninth straight win

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OXFORD, Miss. -- Lindsey Miller recorded 20 kills to lead Texas A&M to its ninth straight win, a 25-9, 24-26, 27-25, 20-25, 15-10 win at Ole Miss Friday in both teams' regular season finale.

A&M improved to 24-5, the most wins since 2001 when the Aggies went 26-6. A&M closed out its inaugural season as a member of the Southeastern Conference with a 16-4 league mark, winning the SEC West and placing second overall.

A&M's next match is to be determined as the NCAA Championship bracket will be unveiled Sunday at 3 p.m. on ESPNU. The Aggies, who entered the week No. 18 in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) and defeated No. 15 (RPI) Tennessee on Wednesday, will make their 19th NCAA tournament appearance and are hopeful of hosting first and second rounds for the second consecutive year.

After the Aggies rolled in the first set, there were 14 ties and six lead changes in the second set. Ole Miss held a 16-13 lead before A&M took a 17-16 lead. Kara Morgan powered one of her five kills in the frame to tie the score and Ty Laporte followed with an ace lead Ole Miss past A&M in the frame. The teams exchanged points and were tied at 25-all in the third set when Allegra Wells committed an attack error to put A&M at set point. Alisia Kastmo and Miller then teamed for a block to clinch the 27-25 win, giving the Aggies a 2-1 lead in the match.

Ole Miss went on a 5-0 run to build a 13-7 lead that A&M was unable to overcome in the fourth game. The Aggies could get no closer than four points for the remainder of the frame, including 23-19 after A&M scored back-to-back points. The Aggies then jumped out to a 3-0 lead to begin the one-sided fifth set, where Tori Mellinger's kill clinched the match for the Aggies.

Mellinger registered her 14th double-double with 11 kills and a season-high and match-high 22 digs.

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