Texas A&M Opens Season with Wins Over UIW Cardinals

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened their respective 2016-17 seasons with impressive victories over Incarnate Word on Wednesday at the Ann Barshop Natatorium on the UIW campus.

The Texas A&M women’s squad grabbed at least the top two spots while sweeping the day’s events, while the Aggie men’s team won 13 of 16 possible events with a sweep of the top two spots 11 times. Both teams rolled to 182-105 victories over the Cardinals.

Texas A&M’s impressive crop of newcomers made its presence felt by combining to win 10 races on the day. Women’s squad newcomers winning races were freshman Katie Portz in the 100-yard freestyle (51.46) and 200 free (1:49.73), redshirt freshman Raena Eldridge in the 50 free (23.72) and freshman Kaley Batten in the three-meter dive (277.70). Newcomers logging wins for the men’s team included redshirt freshman Jake Gibbons (transfer from Yale) in the 1,000 free (9:44.50), freshman Anthony Kim in the 100 backstroke (49.78), freshman Adam Koster in the 100 free (45.69), freshman Mike Thibert in the 500 free (4:42.09), freshman Benjamin Walker in the 400 IM (4:01.60) and freshman Raiz Tjon-A-Joe in the 200 breast (2:06.61).

Also of note in the competition was the return of junior Franko Jonker and senior Ashley McGregor to action after redshirting last season while training for the 2016 Olympic Games. Jonker swept both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes (1:02.24 and 2:14.18)), while McGregor was third in the 100 breast and second in the 200 breast.

The Aggies swept the relays with the foursome of junior Lisa Bratton, junior Jorie Caneta, senior Sarah Gibson and Eldridge combining to win the 200 medley relay and sophomore Claire Rasmus, junior Kristin Malone, Eldridge and junior Beryl Gastaldello touching first in the 400 free relay for the women’s team, while Kim, junior Jonathan Tybur, junior Brock Bonetti and seniorJacob Gonzales won the 200 medley relay and Gonzales, Bonetti, sophomore Connor Long and junior Cameron Kerr were victorious in the 400 free relay for the men’s squad.

Aggie veterans earning double victories included Gastaldello in the women’s 100 back (54.70) and 100 fly (53.83), Gibson in the women’s 200 fly (2:01.03) and 500 free (4:55.18) and Castillo in the men’s 100 breast (55.63) and 100 fly (49.41). Returnees with solo victories for the women’s squad were junior Caitlyn Moon in the 1,000 free (10:21.51), sophomore Alais Kalonji in the one-meter dive (283.40), Bratton in the 200 back (1:58.95) and junior Bethany Galat in the 400 IM (4:16.54). Veterans earning solo wins for the men’s squad were Gonzales in the 50 free (20.66), Bonetti in the 200 back (1:45.76) and sophomore Skylar Lake in the three-meter dive (352.45).

The Aggies return to action next week when they host Southeastern Conference foe South Carolina at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 on Alumni Weekend at the Student Recreation Natatorium.

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Indians Win AL Pennant; Cubs rout Dodgers to Even NLCS

Indians reach World Series

UNDATED (AP) _ The city of Cleveland had gone 52 years without a sports championship before the Cavaliers downed the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals last spring. The Indians are four wins away from giving Cleveland its second title in four months.

The Indians have captured their first American League pennant since 1997 by blanking the Toronto Blue Jays for the second time in the AL Championship Series. Rookie Ryan Merritt combined with three relievers on a six-hitter as Cleveland posted a 3-0 shutout in Game 5 at Toronto.

Merritt’s major league resume had consisted of 11 innings before he limited the Blue Jays to two hits and no walks while striking out three over 4 1/3 innings. He threw 49 pitches in his playoff debut and his first action since Sept. 30 against Kansas City.

Cleveland’s bullpen was equally impressive. Bryan Shaw followed Merritt and worked in and out of a first-and-second jam in the fifth. Andrew Miller replaced Shaw and needed just one pitch to induce an inning-ending double play before working two more shutout innings. Cody Allen got the final three outs for his third save of the series.

Carlos Santana and Coco Crisp belted solo homers off losing pitcher Marco Estrada, who was reached for two earned runs and five hits over six innings. Santana’s blast made it 2-0 in the third, one inning before Crisp went deep.

Francisco Lindor provided half of the Indians’ six hits and scored the first run on an error by left fielder Ezequiel Carrera in the top of the first.

Miller was named the series MVP after the game. The lefty struck out 14 and held the Jays to three hits over 7 1/3 innings.

The Blue Jays’ offense did little against the Indians in the series, scoring just eight runs and batting .201. Toronto hit .266 with 22 runs scored during their three-game sweep of Texas in the division series.

The Indians’ 1.43 ERA in the series more than made up for the team’s .168 batting average. The Indians will face either the Chicago Cubs or Los Angeles Dodgers as they try to win their first World Series crown since 1948.

Cubs even NLCS with 10-2 rout

The Cubs certainly didn’t look like a ballclub that had been shut out for two consecutive games. Chicago has evened the NL Championship Series at two games apiece with a 10-2 drubbing of the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

The Cubs had gone 21 consecutive scoreless innings before erupting for four runs in the top of the fourth. Willson Contreras ended the drought with an RBI single and Addison Russell capped the rally with a two-run homer.

Anthony Rizzo also had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a solo blast and three RBIs.

Cubs reliever Mike Montgomery got the victory despite allowing Justin Turner’s two-run single in the fifth. Montgomery entered after starter John Lackey, who was charged with two runs after giving up three hits and three walks over four-plus innings.

Julio Urias took the loss, surrendering four runs on four hits over 3 2/3 innings. The 20-year-old Urias became the youngest starting pitcher in postseason history.

Game 5 will be in Los Angeles Thursday night. Jon Lester will start for Chicago against Kenta Maeda.

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Davis Named Preseason All-SEC; Aggies Picked Third

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – After turning heads during an impressive rookie campaign, Texas A&M sophomore center Tyler Davis was recognized by media that covers the league with a spot on the Preseason All-SEC First Team.

Meanwhile in the team preseason poll, prognosticators slotted the Aggies third behind Kentucky and Florida. A year ago, Texas A&M was also predicted to finish third in the league but ended the year with a school-record 28 victories and shared the SEC regular season championship with Kentucky before advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16.

Following the Aggies in order on the list were Georgia, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Alabama, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, LSU, Tennessee and Missouri.

Points were compiled on a 14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Each media member also voted for a five-player All-SEC Team. Ties were not broken.

Davis played a prominent role in the Aggies’ success as a freshman a year ago, standing out as one of the SEC’s top big men. The Plano, Texas, native averaged 11.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest while shooting 65.5 percent from the floor and pacing the team with 41 blocked shots. Along with teammate DJ Hogg, Davis garnered SEC All-Freshman honors at the conclusion of the season.

The Aggies will celebrate the opening of the new campaign when they host Maroon Madness at Reed Arena on Oct. 27 before making their final tune-up for the season during a home exhibition against St. Edwards on Nov. 4. The season officially gets underway on Nov. 11 when Texas A&M welcomes Northwestern State to Aggieland.

First Team All-SEC
Moses Kingsley – Arkansas, F, 6-10, 230, Sr., Abuja, Nigeria
J.J. Frazier – Georgia, G, 5-10, 155, Sr., Glennville, Ga.
Edrice “Bam” Adebayo – Kentucky, F, 6-10, 260, Fr., Little Washington, N.C.
De’Aaron Fox – Kentucky, G, 6-3, 187, Fr., Houston, Texas
Tyler Davis – Texas A&M, C, 6-10, 270, So., Plano, Texas

Second Team All-SEC
KeVaughn Allen – Florida, G, 6-2, 183, So., Little Rock, Ark.
Yante Maten – Georgia, F, 6-8, 240, Jr., Pontiac, Mich.
Isaiah Briscoe – Kentucky, G, 6-3, 210, So., Newark, N.J.
Malik Monk – Kentucky, G, 6-3, 200, Fr., Lepanto, Ark.
Antonio Blakeney – LSU, G, 6-4, 190, So., Sarasota, Fla.
Quinndary Weatherspoon – Mississippi State, G, 6-4, 202, So., Canton, Miss.
Luke Kornet – Vanderbilt, F, 7-1, 250, Sr., Lantana, Texas

SEC Player of the Year: Moses Kingsley, Arkansas

1. Kentucky
2. Florida
3. Texas A&M
4. Georgia
5. Arkansas
6. Vanderbilt
7. Alabama
8. South Carolina
9. Ole Miss
10. Mississippi State
11. Auburn
12. LSU
13. Tennessee
14. Missouri

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Aggie Football Media Day: Alabama


Head Coach Kevin Sumlin




Defensive Coordinator John Chavis




Offensive Coordinator Noel Mazzone




Quarterback Trevor Knight




Safety Justin Evans




Offensive Lineman Jermaine Eleumunor




Defensive End Myles Garrett




Wide Receiver Christian Kirk




Defensive End Daeshon Hall



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Indians take 3-0 lead with great bullpen work

TORONTO (AP) _ The Cleveland Indians are one victory away from their first American League pennant since 1997 following an outstanding performance from their bullpen.

Six Indians relievers combined to throw 8 1/3 innings in a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto. The result gives Cleveland a three-games-to-none lead in the AL Championship Series and an opportunity to wrap up a World Series berth as early as Tuesday.

The bullpen door was in full swing once Trevor Bauer’s sliced pinkie forced him to leave after just four batters. Bauer cut the pinkie on his pitching hand while trying to fix one of his drones last week. Bauer had to be replaced as he continued to drip blood on the baseball.

Reliever Dan Otero followed Bauer and allowed a solo homer by Michael Saunders during his 1 1/3 innings of work. Zach McAllister blew a 2-1 lead in the fifth, but the Indians took the lead for good the next inning.

Jason Kipnis opened the sixth with a tiebreaking, solo homer before Jose Ramirez added an RBI single later in the inning. Cleveland’s other runs were provided by Mike Napoli (NAP’-oh-lee), who hit an RBI double in the first and a solo shot in the fourth.

Cody Allen and Andrew Miller closed out the victory for the Indians, although they reversed their normal routine. Allen worked out of a seventh-inning jam after picking up the save in each of the first two games in the series. Miller struck out three of the five batters he faced en route to his first save of the postseason.

Brian Shaw worked 1 2/3 innings to get the victory. Blue Jays starter Marco Stroman took the loss, charged with four runs on three hits and three walks over 5 1/3.

Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista went 1-for-3 after being inserted into the leadoff slot. Ezequiel Carrera had two hits for the Blue Jays, who haven’t led at any point in the series.

Cleveland hurlers have limited the Jays to three runs and 17 hits in the three games.

Game 4 is Tuesday afternoon in Toronto. Indians ace Corey Kluber will pitch on short rest against Aaron Sanchez.

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Big 12 presidents decide to pass on expansion


GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) _ The Big 12 Conference has decided against expansion from its current 10 members.

The announcement came after a six-hour meeting Monday with the conference’s university presidents and Commissioner Bob Bowlsby.

The Big 12 has been analyzing expansion options for the last three months, but it never made a commitment to expand.

Conference officials held interviews in September with Air Force and Colorado State from the Mountain West; Central Florida, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Houston, South Florida, SMU and Tulane from the American Athletic Conference; and BYU, which is a football independent with its other sports in the West Coast Conference.


AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo in New York and AP Sports Writer Jim
Vertuno in Austin, Texas, contributed to this report.

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Aggies Fall to No. 9 Florida, 3-1

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Four Texas A&M players recorded double-figure kills, but ninth-ranked Florida pulled away for a 27-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-16 victory today in front of 2,624 at Reed Arena.
The loss snapped the Aggies’ five-match win streak, as they fall to 11-7 overall and 5-2 in Southeastern Conference matches. Florida improves to 16-2 overall and 6-1 in SEC play after picking up its fourth consecutive straight victory.

Texas A&M got off to slow starts in several sets, including the opening frame as the Aggies spotted the Gators the first five points of the match. Florida went on to take its largest lead at 12-6 before the Aggies began to chip away at the lead, managing to get within 22-21 following back-to-back kills by junior opposite hitter Ashlie Reasor and senior middle blocker Jazzmin Babers. After trading sideouts, Carli Snyder put the Gators at set point, 24-22, with her sixth kill. Babers countered with a kill, and sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn Blake and junior setter Stephanie Aipleteamed for a block to tie the score for the first time. A&M was whistled for a ball handling error on the next play to put Florida at set point for the second time, but the Gators hit wide to tie the score, 25-25. Florida, which outhit A&M .250 to .226 in the stanza, then got a kill and a block to pull out the win.

The roles were reversed in the second set, with Texas A&M using a 5-0 run to build a 7-3 lead. Florida cut the deficit to 8-6 before A&M outscored the Gators, 4-1, including back-to-back kills by Blake to give the Aggies their largest lead, 12-7. Florida mounted a comeback, getting within 15-14 before a kill by freshman outside hitter Hollann Hans began a 4-1 rally by the Aggies. Florida was within 22-19 when Reasor put down a kill and Babers and junior outside hitter Kiara McGee got a block to put the Aggies at set point. The Gators, who were outhit, .385 to .302, staved off two set points with consecutive kills before Aiple and Babers blocked Snyder to close out the set and even the match at a set apiece.

Florida jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the third set before Hans and Blake led the Aggies on a 4-0 charge to get within 8-7. A&M, however, was unable to take the lead, and Florida later used a 4-0 surge to build a 15-9 cushion. The Gators maintained the 6-point advantage at 22-16 when the Maroon and White made another late charge, scoring five unanswered points to get within 22-21. An attack error ended the run, but Florida hit long on the ensuing play and McGee and Babers stuff blocked Rhamat Alhassan to tie the set for the first time since 1-1. A&M, though, hit wide to put the Gators at set point, and Florida, which outhit A&M, .149 to .089, ended the stanza as Shainah Joseph’s attack fell to the open center court for a kill.
There were seven ties in the fourth set, the last coming at 15-all before the Gators quickly separated from the Aggies. Florida, which hit .281 while holding A&M to a .027 hitting percentage in the set, got three consecutive kills to go up, 18-15, forcing A&M to call a timeout. Blake got a kill coming out of the timeout, but it would be the Aggies’ final point as Florida reeled off seven unanswered points, three points courtesy of consecutive Aggie attack errors to close out the match.

Hans tied McGee for team-high honors in kills with a career-high 14 and also finished with career highs in points (16) and blocks (4). Reasor finished with 12 kills and Blake pitched in 11 kills, with Aiple dishing out 50 assists.

Blake also had a team-high six blocks to head-up the front row defense, and libero Amy Nettles had a season-high 21 digs while captaining the back row defense. Defensive specialists Victoria Arenas and Amy Houser contributed 13 and 10 digs, respectively, as Texas A&M finished with a season-high 71 digs as a team.

Alhassan had a match-high 22 kills while hitting at a .528 clip to lead the Gators to a .241 to .184 hitting percentage advantage. The 6-4 middle blocker completed a double-double with 10 blocks as Florida outblocked A&M, 14-10. Libero Caroline Knop led all players with 24 digs.

The loss prevented Texas A&M head coach Laurie Corbelli from notching the 600th victory of her head coaching career as well as her 500th at A&M in front of the home crowd. Her next chance for the milestone victory will be Friday as Texas A&M returns to the road Friday to take on Georgia (13-7, 1-6 SEC). First serve is at 6 p.m. (CT), at the Ramsey Center in Athens, Georgia, and the match will be streamed on SEC Network +, available on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. Texas A&M is 5-0 against the Bulldogs since joining the SEC.

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On Rhamat Alhassan and Florida’s defense…
“She’s a nice player. They’re all really nice players. We are all really nice players. They only out blocked us by four, and those four happened at the end of the match. We were pretty even with them, so I felt like we shot ourselves in the foot by backing off. I don’t think we did it intentionally, but we just got blocked. Once our offense got stopped once or twice, we backed off. We just prevented ourselves from having a chance at the end, but we were playing great volleyball for three sets. I’m just so proud of how good this team and how balanced we are. One serving error, that is just some awesome stuff going on on the court. It was hard to not be able to finish, but we feel like we backed off.”

On starting sets…
“A lot of times it is just getting our offense going. I guess it is various things actually. Sometimes our passing has been the culprit. In general, when we lost [sets] one and three, we were down a lot in the first 10 points. We had to fight back. If we can learn how to have stronger starts against teams like this, then we get our wheels turning faster and we might see more success.”

On Rhamat Alhassan and Alex Holston …
“That’s a lot of pressure to put on a team. [Rhamat] Alhassan and [Alex] Holston in the same rotation, you have to honor both of them. I thought their libero [Caroline Knop] did a great job. Their [defensive specialists] did a beautiful job of making it where the setter could legitimately get great sets to both of them. It does put a ton of pressure on your block and on your defense. That was definitely tough.”

On improving as a team…
“I love this team. I don’t think they realize how good they are and how much talent they have. I think we are going to be better in a week and that we have gotten better every week. I think that’s the way it is supposed to be. We aren’t supposed to be peaking right now. However, this was a match that could have been really important. At the same time, we have 11 matches ahead of us. We are just trying to get better each week and make it noticeable for the players, so that they can gain confidence and momentum and have a great end to October. That’s what we are shooting for. It’s a long season. It’s a grind, but I think we are handling the middle of it beautifully. I’m really proud of this team. They bust their tails on the floor for this team, and I couldn’t be prouder.”

On Texas A&M’s errors…
“Honestly, it’s hard to really know what caused it. I can just see the result of what was going on. We really can’t put our finger on it completely. We were aggressively going at their block early. We were passing more aggressively early. It seemed like our game was just a lot more aggressive in the first hour and a half. That last half hour, I can’t really answer what it was. I think that the players will probably meet and talk about their experience and what they want to change when they are out on the floor. I expect that we will see a different result the next time we are in that kind of situation.”


On comparing Florida to Texas A&M’s pre-season ranked opponents…
“Every ranked team that we have played so far has been amazing; that’s probably why they are ranked. I think they vary in the difference of preseason. I feel like it was one person kind of hurting us consistently, and Florida, clearly, by their numbers had multiple people coming at us. They are a great team all around, back row and front row.”

On earning points…
“It was a fight the whole match. The points, I think, just brought a lot of energy. Stephanie [Aiple] is a great setter, so a lot of those points are from her just saving amazing balls that are right on the tape. It makes it easy for me when she jumps and takes two blockers with her.”

On post-game notes from the team…
“I feel like we will get a lot of good feedback from the people on the bench and what they saw. Then just compare it with how people felt on the court. I feel like in the fourth set we did kind of let down a little bit with our energy, so we’ll probably just talk about why that happened and then just other ways in which we can improve.”

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No. 1 Aggie Equestrian travels to No. 2 Auburn

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The top-ranked Texas A&M Equestrian team continues its four-meet road swing with a tilt at No. 2 Auburn on Saturday at 10 a.m. CT at the Auburn University Horse Center.

“We are excited for another tough road meet,” head coach Tana McKay said. “Whenever you play the defending national champions, you know are going to face a very good team. They always run a nice show, and we are excited for another test to see where our team is at in this point of the season.”

The Aggies (2-0, 1-0 SEC) are coming off a 10-8 win at No. 8 South Carolina on Sept. 30 and are led by reigning SEC Riders of the Month, sophomore Sarah Orsak (Horsemanship) and junior Maddie Swem (Equitation on the Flat).

Scheduled to compete for the Aggies in Horsemanship are Orsak, juniors Bailey Cook and Avery Ellis and seniors Kaci Fisher and Rachel Lucht. In Reining, sophomore Haley Franc, juniors Madison Bohman and Jaci Marley and seniors Sarah Kate Grider and Sarah McEntire look to keep Texas A&M undefeated in the event.

Sophomore Rebekah Chenelle and juniors Alex Desiderio and Rachael Hake will compete in both Equitation on the Flat and Equitation over Fences, while Swem and senior Izzy Norton complete the Flat lineup and junior Kai DeVoglear and senior Haley Webster will start in Fences.

Live scoring for the meet can be found at http://www.auburntigers.com/sports/w-equest/live-scoring.html.

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LSU-Florida gets rescheduled for Nov. 19 in Baton Rouge


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ LSU and Florida will play Nov. 19 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, a game rescheduled because of Hurricane Matthew.

The Southeastern Conference made the announcement Thursday, ending a week of speculation about what would happen to the game originally scheduled for last Saturday in Gainesville.

The teams had to buy out nonconference opponents scheduled for that Saturday: South Alabama for LSU and Presbyterian for Florida.

The arrangement means the Tigers (3-2, 2-1 SEC) will avoid playing three consecutive road games over a 13-day span to end the regular season. The 18th-ranked Gators (4-1, 2-1) will lose two homes games _ about $7.8 million in projected revenue from ticket sales alone _ but likely will recoup some of that through insurance.

LSU also agreed to play in Gainesville in 2017 and 2018, which gets the Gators one game back. It also means Florida will host rivals Tennessee, LSU and Florida State next season.

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My Aggie Nation Podcast: Quentin Coryatt revisits “The Hit”


In this week’s episode of the My Aggie Nation Podcast, former Texas A&M linebacker Quentin Coryatt takes a look back at “The Hit” and talks about the charity work he is doing for children in Haiti. Coryatt also breaks down the current Aggie defense that has revived the “Wrecking Crew” nickname. The Eagle‘s Steve Kuhlmann recaps Texas A&M’s 140th anniversary celebrations and WTAW’s Chelsea Reber picks this weekend’s college football slate. And hosts Travis L. Brown and Zach Taylor break down the Aggies’ win over Tennessee and take a look ahead at A&M’s next test, Alabama.


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Texas A&M’s Jazzmin Babers Named Candidate for Senior CLASS Award

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M middle blocker Jazzmin Babers (pronounced BAY-bers) has been selected as a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award for volleyball, it was announced today.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

From Syracuse, New York, Babers is one of 30 candidates representing NCAA Division I volleyball student-athletes who were selected based on their notable achievements in four areas: competition, classroom, character and community.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in December.

Babers has started every match of her career and has led Texas A&M to the NCAA tournament each of the last three seasons. As a junior, she helped the Aggies win the Southeastern Conference championship, and she became the eighth player in Texas A&M history to be selected to an AVCA All-America team, garnering second team honors after hitting a school season-record .412, smashing the previous record of .400 which had stood since 1984.

Babers, who leads the Aggies with a .347 hitting percentage this season, ranks in the top six in the Texas A&M career records for total blocks, blocks assists and points, and she is on pace to finish second in career hitting percentage. A member of the 2016 Preseason All-SEC Team, Babers holds the school single-match record for total blocks and block assists in a five-set match, and she holds numerous Texas A&M SEC match, season and career records.

Off the court, Babers is majoring in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in education. She also is engaged in numerous philanthropic activities. A member of the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership team, Babers is responsible for community outreach. She also serves as a speaker, sharing testimonies at local schools and churches. In May, Babers and several teammates went on a mission trip to Haiti to spread the gospel and do manual labor.

Other charitable activities she has participated in include spending time at the Bryan Adult Learning Center, where she volunteered in an adult ESL class, taught lessons and helped with one-on-one work; Aggies Move, teaching elementary children how to live active lives and stay healthy while also teaching them basic volleyball skills; Science Olympiad, a science competition for middle school and high school students from throughout Texas in which she helped with set up and take down, monitored and distributed tests, graded tests and was an overseer and judge for certain science competitions; The Big Event in which she helped an elderly couple prepare their home for moving out, painting, cleaning windows and boxing up their items; Residence Hall Move-In Assistance Day, helping new and returning Aggies move into their dorms; Aggies CAN, a student-run food drive, and the Brazos Valley Food Bank, where she packed family food boxes. She also has volunteered at a local elementary school, working one-on-one or in small groups with students needing extra help or with advanced students needing more challenging work.

For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

Babers and the Aggies (10-6, 4-1 SEC) Aggies return home this weekend to host a pair of SEC matches at Reed Arena. On Friday, Texas A&M plays host to South Carolina. First serve is at 6:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the Aggies have a much-anticipated match against No. 9 Florida at 4 p.m. It will be the Aggies’ annual “Dig Pink” match, and all fans wearing pink can purchase tickets for $3 at the door. In addition, the first 300 fans receive free. Dig Pink shirts.

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Aggie Football Media Day: Bye Week


Head Coach Kevin Sumlin




DC John Chavis




OC Noel Mazzone




DB Alex Sezer, Jr.




OL Jermaine Eluemunor


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No. 20 Women’s Golf Finishes Fifth at Jim West Challenge

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(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

THE WOODLANDS, Texas- Texas A&M’s women’s golf teammates Thanya Pattamakijsakul and Maddie Szeryk tied for third, and the Aggies shot 5-under to finish fifth as a team at the Jim West Challenge.

Pattamakijsakul and Szeryk tied for third place at 9-under par 207, which ties for the second-best 54 hole total in Texas A&M history. Szeryk shot a 4-under 68 on Monday at the Carlton Woods Creekside Fazio Course, while Pattamakijsakul shot 70 on the par 72 / 6,137 yards. Both Szeryk and Pattamakijsakul shot under par in each of the three rounds of this tournament—Szeryk has shot par or better in five straight rounds overall.

The Aggies shot a 3-under 285 on Monday, marking the Aggies’ fourth straight round at par or better. Texas A&M’s five under par is the sixth-lowest 54-hole team score in school history.

Bianca Fabrizio shot a 2-under 70 on Monday, bringing her total to even par 216 for the tournament. Fabrizio finished in a tie for 23rd. Andrea Jonama shot a 5-over 77 and finished in a tie for 66th at 231 (+15). Callie Scheffler shot a 7-over 79 and finished the tournament tied for 68th with a 232 (+16).

Florida State won the tournament with a 24-under 840. The Seminoles’ Matilda Castren won medalist honors with a 13-under 203.

The Aggies next take the course at the Alamo Invitational, Oct. 23-25 at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, a course that the Aggies have played very well on in the past.

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Donaldson dashes home, Blue Jays beat Rangers to win ALDS

TORONTO (AP) _ Josh Donaldson raced home from second base after second baseman Rougned Odor bounced a double-play relay in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 7-6 to sweep their AL Division Series on Sunday night.

Donaldson led off the 10th with a double into the right-center field gap, and then Matt Bush intentionally walked Edwin Encarnacion.

After Jose Bautista struck out, Russell Martin hit a grounder to shortstop Elvis Andrus, and Andrus tried to start a double play with a feed to Odor at second. Odor short-hopped his throw to first baseman Mitch Moreland and the ball skipped away, allowing Donaldson to dash home and beat Moreland’s throw with a dive across the plate.

Toronto is headed to the AL Championship Series after beating Texas in an ALDS for a second straight year and will face the winner of the Cleveland-Boston series. The Indians lead 2-0, with Game 3 scheduled for Monday following a postponement Sunday.

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Texans stifled by Vikings; Cowboys roll past Bengals

Vikings stay unbeaten with easy 31-13 victory over Texans

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Adam Thielen caught a touchdown pass to cap Minnesota’s opening drive and finished with a career-high 127 yards, and the Vikings defense flustered Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans on their way to a 31-13 victory on Sunday.

Marcus Sherels returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown and Cordarelle Patterson scored on another sharp throw by Sam Bradford, who produced another turnover-free game and deftly guided the Vikings (5-0) into their bye week.

Brock Osweiler was overmatched by Minnesota’s relentless rush and coverage, finishing 19 for 42 for 184 yards, one interception and a late touchdown pass while taking four sacks. The Texans (3-2) were denied on 12 of 13 third downs, unable or unwilling to do much other than dump off short passes. Lamar Miller only had eight carries for 20 yards during a dud of a performance by the Texans that felt a lot like the 27-0 loss at New England two weeks ago.

With leading receiver Stefon Diggs out for the game with a groin injury, Thielen and Patterson capably stepped up for the Vikings. Whitney Mercilus had 11/2 sacks as Houston took advantage of a banged-up offensive line to plenty of pressure on Bradford, but with touchdowns on their first two drives the Vikings were in cruise control as they eagerly unleashed their defense again on another out-of-sync quarterback.

Rookie-led Cowboys are 4-1 after 28-14 win over Bengals

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Ezekiel Elliott ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns, fellow rookie Dak Prescott threw for a score and ran for another TD, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Cincinnati Bengals 28-14 Sunday.

Prescott had his first turnover in five games starting in place of injured Tony Romo, a fumble when being sacked late in the third quarter. But Prescott extended his NFL rookie record to 155 passes without an interception to start his career. He completed 18 of 24 passes for 227 yards.

Elliott, on only 15 carries, became the first Cowboys rookie with three consecutive 100-yard rushing games.

Dallas (4-1) has won four in a row. The Bengals (2-3) already have a losing record a year after being 8-0 midway through the season.

It was a homecoming of sorts for Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who went to TCU and the campus about 20 miles away from AT&T Stadium. The 2011 second-round draft pick was visiting the Cowboys for the first time for a regular-season game since leading the Horned Frogs to an undefeated 2010 season and Rose Bowl victory.

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Texas A&M’s Knight, Williams Earn Weekly Honors after UT Win

Texas A&M’s overtime victory over the then-No. 9 Tennessee Volunteers last Saturday yielded weekly honors for quarterback Trevor Knight and running back Trayveon Williams on Monday.

Knight, who also earned Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors on Sunday, was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive POTW and earned “Great 8” honors from the Davey O’Brien Award and “Stars of the Week” honors from the Manning Award. Williams earned SEC Freshman of the Week for the third time this season.

Knight, a graduate transfer from San Antonio, Texas via the University of Oklahoma, accounted for five touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown run in the second overtime. Knight rushed for three scores and passed for two more as he generated 349 yards of total offense. Knight passed for 239 yards and rushed for 110 yards to help the Aggies gain 592 total yards on 84 plays (7.0 yards per play).

Williams, a freshman from Houston, Texas, became the first true freshman to surpass the 200-yard barrier in rushing yards in program history with 217 yards on 28 carries, both career bests. Williams also scored on a 7-yard run, marking his fourth straight game with at least one touchdown. His 217 yards were the 10th highest rushing output in school history.

Collectively, Knight and Williams became the first Texas A&M duo to rush for 100- and 200-plus yards in a game in more than 25 years. Prior to Saturday, the last 100/200 duo was quarterback Bucky Richardson (180) and running back Darren Lewis (207) against SMU in 1990.

The victory over the Volunteers improved the Aggies’ record to 6-0 and put them atop the Southeastern Conference west division standings with a 4-0 conference record. The victory made the Aggies bowl-eligible for the eight straight season. It was the Aggies’ fourth win over a team ranked in the Associated Press top 10 during the Kevin Sumlin era and it was the 12th victory against a ranked opponent under Sumlin. It was Texas A&M’s first win over a top 10-ranked opponent at Kyle Field since beating No. 9 Nebraska, 9-6, in 2010, and it was the first time Texas A&M has beaten a top 10 team at Kyle Field as a top 10 team since 1975.

SEC Weekly Honors
Trevor Knight, QB, Texas A&M

Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

JK Scott, P, Alabama

Traveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M
Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama

Jon Toth, C, Kentucky

Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn

Davey O’Brien Award Week 5 “Great 8” Performances:

Jake Browning, Washington, So., 6-2, 209, Folsom, Calif.

  • Threw a school-record six touchdown passes against just six incompletions (22-of-28, 304 yards) and rushed for two more scores in a 70-21 victory over Oregon.

Sam Darnold, USC, R-Fr., 6-4, 225, Capistrano Beach, Calif.

  • Topped the 350-yard passing mark (25-for-37, 358 yards) and accounted for all three touchdowns as the Trojans upended 21st-ranked Colorado, 21-17.

Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee, Sr., 6-3, 210, Alpharetta, Ga.

  • Was 28-for-47 for 398 yards with one touchdown, and carried 17 times for 57 yards, in a 45-38 double-overtime loss to No. 8 Texas A&M.

Luke Falk, Washington State, Jr., 6-4, 216, Logan, Utah

  • Threw for 357 yards and four touchdowns while completing 30 of 41 pass attempts as Washington State upset No. 15 Stanford by a 42-16 final.

Jalen Hurts, Alabama, Fr., 6-2, 209, Channelview, Texas

  • Totaled four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) and connected on 13 of 17 passes for 253 yards in a 49-30 victory over No. 16 Arkansas.

Trevor Knight, Texas A&M, Sr., 6-1, 215, San Antonio, Texas

  • Rushed 15 times for 110 yards and three touchdowns and was 17 of 34 for 239 yards and two scores in a 45-38 double-overtime win over No. 9 Tennessee.

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, Jr., 6-1, 212, Austin, Texas

  • Connected on 22 of 31 passes for 390 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for one TD and 20 yards in a 45-40 victory over Texas.

Will Worth, Navy, Sr., 6-1, 205, Valrico, Fla.

  • Helped Navy pull off its biggest upset since 1984 by running for 115 yards and a TD on 32 carries and completing 3 of 5 passes for 76 yards and two scores against No. 6 Houston.

This week’s eight Manning Award Stars of the Week are:

Jake Browning, Washington (22-of-28, 304 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 95.5)
Browning, who also rushes for two touchdowns, sets a school record for touchdown passes as he helps the Huskies snap a 12-game losing streak to Oregon, leading them to a 70-21 Pac-12 road victory over the Ducks.

Luke Falk, Washington State (30-of-41, 357 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 85.5)
Falk registers his 18th career 300-yard game as he leads the Cougars to a 42-16 win over No. 15 Stanford, their first win over a top-15 team since 2003.

Ryan Higgins, Louisiana Tech (33-of-45, 454 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 90.1)
Higgins records his third 400-yard game of the season while registering his personal-best for touchdown passes as he leads the Bulldogs to a 55-52 C-USA victory over Western Kentucky.

Nick Holley, Kent State (7-of-13, 89 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, QBR: 89.4)
Holley runs for 224 yards and ties a school-record by scoring all of his team’s four offensive touchdowns as the Golden Flashes earn a 44-20 MAC road victory over Buffalo.

Trevor Knight, Texas A&M (17-of-34, 239 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 80.1)
Knight adds 110 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns, including the game-winning score in the second overtime, as the Aggies pick up a critical SEC victory over No. 9 Tennessee, 45-38.

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (22-of-31, 390 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INT, QBR: 94.3)
Mayfield, who adds a rushing touchdown, overcomes two early interceptions to lead the Sooners to 672 yards of offense as they win a back-and-forth Red River Rivalry battle with Texas, 45-40.

Brett Rypien, Boise State (21-of-28, 391 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 97.9)
Rypien connects on his seventh career 300-yard game while recording his career-high for touchdown passes as he leads the Broncos to a 49-21 MW road win over New Mexico.

Zach Terrell, Western Michigan (18-of-24, 327 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT, QBR: 89.0)
Terrell, who adds a rushing touchdown, leads the Broncos to a 45-30 conference victory over six-time defending MAC West champion Northern Illinois as they improve to 6-0 for the first time since 1941.
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Aggie Football Rises Two Spots to No. 6 in New AP Poll

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Texas A&M Volleyball Defeats Ole Miss for Fourth Consecutive Victory

OXFORD, Miss. – Texas A&M won its fourth consecutive match and improved to 13-0 in the all-time series against Ole Miss with a 25-12, 21-25, 25-20, 25-18 victory over the Rebels today at The Pavilion.
Junior outside hitter Kiara McGee had a team-high 15 kills while hitting .407, and sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn Blake tied her career high with 14 kills while hitting at a .444 clip to lead the Aggies to a 56-47 lead in kills and a .269 to .122 team hitting percentage advantage. Blake, who leads the Southeastern Conference in blocks per set, also had a big day defensively, contributing a match-high eight blocks as she finished with a team-high 19.5 points.

Texas A&M junior setter Stephanie Aiple directed the offense, dishing out 42 assists, while junior libero Amy Nettles had a match high 18 digs to head up the backrow defense. SeniorVictoria Arenas and sophomore Amy Houser also posted double-figure digs with 11 apiece in their defensive specialist roles.

Texas A&M improved to 10-6 overall, including 4-1 in SEC matches only. Ole Miss falls to 12-6 overall and 1-4 in conference matches.

The Aggies dominated the opening set. After the Rebels took their only lead at 2-1, Texas A&M took command, using a 13-3 run to cruise to a 14-5 advantage. A&M kept the pressure on the Rebels, reeling off runs of points while allowing Ole Miss to score back-to-back points only twice in the frame.

Texas A&M, which hit .286 while holding Ole Miss to a -.032 hitting efficiency, held a 22-12 lead when Aiple got a kill and Nettles followed with an ace to put the Aggies at set point. Ole Miss then hit long on the ensuing play to close out the stanza.

The Rebels regrouped and pulled away in the second set to even the match. Ole Miss held a 9-6 lead, but a serve into the net marked the start of a 6-1 A&M run, sparked by two kills apiece by Blake and McGee that gave the Aggies a 12-10 advantage. The lead was short lived, however, as Ole Miss countered with a 4-1 run to retake the lead.

Senior middle blocker Jazzmin Babers and freshman outside hitter Hollann Hans had set-tying kills at 14 and 15, respectively, before the Rebels went on another 4-1 run to go up 19-16, forcing an A&M timeout. Following the timeout, Blake put down two kills, and McGee also added a kill during a 3-1 run that put the Aggies within 20-19, but A&M, which was outhit, .361 to .278, was unable to even the score. The teams exchanged points until the Rebels, leading 22-21, scored three unanswered points, including a block to win the set, 25-21.

Ole Miss spotted the Aggies a 4-0 lead to begin the third set, but the Rebels later used a 7-1 rally to take a 10-8 lead. After an A&M timeout, Blake and Company took over at the net, propelling the Aggies on a 7-1 run to put the Aggies up, 15-11. The Rebels fought back to within 15-14 before Blake teamed with junior opposite hitter Ashlie Reasor for a block and followed with a kill to mark the start of a 4-0 run that gave the Aggies their largest lead, 19-14.

After trading sideouts, Ole Miss went on a 4-0 run to get back within a point, 20-19, before Reasor ended the run with an off-speed shot to the open floor. The Rebels then committed back-to-back attack errors and also had an overpass, setting up Babers for a kill that put A&M at set point, 24-19. Ole Miss, which was outhit, .241 to .024, stayed alive with a kill before Aiple’s dump kill closed out the set, giving the Aggies a 2-1 lead in the match.

A&M overcame an early three-point deficit in the fourth set, with Blake ending a long play with a kill to give the Aggies their first lead, 10-9. Ole Miss managed to tie the score at 11-11, but it would be the final tie of the match. Leading 21-18, Blake led the Aggies to victory, getting a block and three kills, including the match-winner, in a 4-0 A&M run to close out the contest.

The Aggies return home to host a pair of SEC matches during the upcoming weekend at Reed Arena. On Friday, Oct. 14, Texas A&M plays host to South Carolina. First serve is at 6:30 p.m.

In celebration of National Dessert Day on Friday, Aggie Aces will be hosting a free ice cream tailgate at the student entrance prior to the match against the Gamecocks. In addition, the first 100 fans will receive a free Chick Fil-A cookie. Also on tap at Reed on Friday is a pie eating contest and a chance to win Chick-Fil-A milkshakes for a year.

On Sunday, the Aggies have a pivotal match against 11th-ranked Florida at 4 p.m. It will be the Aggies’ annual “Dig Pink” match, and all fans wearing pink can purchase tickets for $3 at the door. In addition, the first 300 fans receive free. Dig Pink shirts.

Visit 12thMan.com for more information on Texas A&M volleyball. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M volleyball team on Facebook and on Twitter and Instagram by following @AggieVolleyball.

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Aggie Soccer Loses 2-0 to Tennessee

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – The Texas A&M Aggies dropped a 2-0 decision to the Tennessee Volunteers Sunday afternoon at Regal Stadium.

The two squads were ensnarled in a defensive battle the first half, amassing just seven total shots and three shots-on-goal combined. Haley Pounds had Texas A&M’s best effort in the first half, taking a shot from 12 yards out that forced Volunteers’ goalkeeper Shea Yanez to make a save. Danielle Rice made a huge save for the Aggies with 11:40 remaining in the first half, going vertical to parry a shot from Ariel Kupritz. Rice also made save on a header from Maya Neal in the opening act.

Tennessee (9-6-0, 4-3-0 SEC) took the lead with 40:35 remaining in the second half on Hannah Wilkinson’s eight goal of the season. Anna Bialczak served a ball into the penalty box from the left side and found the head of Wilkinson who put it into the right side netting from six yards out.

The Aggies’ best chance to knot the game came with 6:35 remaining in the second half. With numbers converging on the Emily Bates dumped a ball into Pounds unmarked at the penalty spot, but Pounds was unable to hit the ball flush sending a bouncing shot that Yanez made the stop on.

Tennessee added an insurance goal with a 4:38 remaining in the second half. Wilkinson led a counter attack charge into the box and sent a pass into Bialczak. Bialczak chested it down to her feet eight yards out and poked a ball past Rice for the 2-0 edge.

In the waning moments, Yanez thwarted the most dangerous shot of the afternoon for the Aggies when she punched a shot by Stephanie Malherbe just clear of the crossbar with 3:46 showing on the clock.

The Aggies owned the edge in corner kicks, 6-4, but were unable to convert on the opportunities. Tennessee owned the advantage in shots (14-9) and shots-on-goal (5-4).

Texas A&M (7-6-1, 2-4-1 SEC) returns to action next Friday when they travel to Oxford for a 7 pm match against the Ole Miss Rebels.


Head Coach G Guerrieri
On the match…
“This is tough to come on the road and give up points when you’re trying to climb the standings. Tennessee played really well and Hannah Wilkinson is a player that can create goals. We created chances and didn’t finish and they created chances and finished. That’s why we’re going home with a loss.

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Aggies Win 2OT Thriller, 45-38

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Trevor Knight had a 1-yard touchdown run in the second overtime and No. 8 Texas A&M withstood another late Tennessee rally to beat the No. 9 Volunteers 45-38 on Saturday.

After Knight bulled in for the touchdown, Armani Watts intercepted Joshua Dobbs’ pass on the next play for Tennessee’s seventh turnover to end the game.

“The big takeaway from this was we were able to withstand some things, not play great but make enough plays to win the game without some of our better players being 100 percent,” coach Kevin Sumlin said.

The teams exchanged field goals in the first overtime.

Knight threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 110 yards and three more scores.

The Volunteers (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) had rallied from double-digit deficits to win four of their last five games, including last week’s last-play victory over Georgia. They trailed by 21 points in the third quarter Saturday thanks to six turnovers before tying it on Alvin Kamara’s 18-yard touchdown reception with 41 seconds left.

“Proud of the resolve, but the turnovers didn’t give us an opportunity,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said.

Texas A&M (6-0, 4-0) had a chance to win it in regulation, but Daniel LaCamera‘s 38-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left.

The Aggies could have put this one away with less than 2 minutes remaining, but freshman Trayveon Williams had the ball knocked from his hands and out of the back of the end zone just before he crossed the goal line on a 71-yard run.

Texas A&M was facing third-and-2 when Knight dashed 62 yards for a touchdown that pushed the lead to 35-21 with about three minutes left. Kamara’s 4-yard run about a minute later made it a one-score game.

The Aggies built a 21-7 lead in the first quarter after three fumbles by Tennessee. Knight threw touchdown passes of 13 and 2 yards and had a 7-yard TD run in the opening frame.

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Head Coach Kevin Sumlin



Safety Armani Watts



Quarterback Trevor Knight



Wide Receiver Christian Kirk



Defensive End Myles Garrett



Offensive Lineman Avery Gennesy



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