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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Virginia volleyball team fell in its second match of the day, dropping a 3-0 (21-25, 14-25, 18-25) contest to the host Aggies at the Texas A&M Invitational Friday evening. The Cavaliers fall to 0-2 on the season, while Texas A&M improves to 2-0.

Virginia’s duo of outside hitters led the attack again in the nightcap. Senior Lauren Dickson and sophomore Simone Asque both landed nine kills for the Cavaliers, while junior Sydney Hill hit a team-best .571 for the match.

Senior Brittani Rendina and junior AJ Cushman led the defense with six digs apiece, while freshman Tobi Farrar made her presence known at the net, collecting four blocks.

Freshman Rachel Gray handed out 23 assists and classmate Jessica O’Shoney landed her first career service ace.

For Texas A&M, Jennifer Banse knocked down 15 kills without committing an error for a .652 attack percentage. Mary Batis landed 13 kills, while leading the defense with eight digs. Kristen Schevikhoven dished out 26 assists.

For the match, the Aggies used a 4-1 run midway through the first frame to erase a three-point Cavalier lead and knot the score at 16 all. Texas A&M then tacked on two more unanswered points to take a 21-18 lead and held on for a 25-21 win.

Virginia held tight in the opening of the second set, but an offensive minded A&M squad gradually pulled away from the Cavaliers. Hitting .484 for the frame, the Aggies broke out of a timeout at 14-10 and scored 11 of the next 15 points, en route to a 25-14 victory.

Texas A&M didn’t let up in the third set either. The Aggies hit. 500 for the frame, while the defense held the Cavaliers to a .333 percentage. The hosts finished the match with a score of 25-18 in the third stanza for the 3-0 victory.

The Cavaliers will conclude their season opening tournament tomorrow, facing Iona at 11 a.m. ET.

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