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Corbelli Goes for Win 500 as VB Hosts A&M Invitational

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M begins its inaugural season as a member of the Southeastern Conference when the Aggies host Texas State in the Texas A&M Invitational Friday at noon at Reed Arena. The match takes on added significance as A&M head coach Laurie Corbelli will be aiming for the 500th victory of her head coaching career, as well as her 400th victory at A&M.

Also on Friday at 7:30 p.m., the Aggies take on Pac-12 defending champion and 2011 NCAA Final Four participant Southern California, coached by 2000 Olympic coach and former long-time Texas head coach Mick Haley. The Women of Troy are No. 5 in the preseason AVCA Coaches Top 25 Poll.

The Aggies conclude the tournament Saturday at 12:30 p.m. against three-time defending Great West Conference tournament champion North Dakota, a team that finished No. 52 in the final 2011 NCAA Division I Ratings Power Index (RPI).

TEXAS A&M INVITATIONAL

Friday, August 24
10:00 a.m.    North Dakota vs. #5 USC
12:00 p.m.    Texas A&M vs. Texas State
5:30 p.m.      North Dakota vs. Texas State
7:30 p.m.      Texas A&M vs. #5 USC

Saturday, August 25
10:30 p.m.    Texas State vs. #5 USC
12:30 p.m.    Texas A&M vs. North Dakota

Tickets: The 12th Man Foundation is offering a special $3 ticket for the opening day of the 2012 Texas A&M volleyball season. To take advantage of this special offer, click here and enter the promo code, texags.

Regular-price individual match tickets are $9 for reserve seating, $7 for adult general admission and $4 for youth, high school age and under. A&M students without a sports pass also can purchase tickets for $4 each. Tickets may be purchased at Reed Arena or in advance at AggieAthletics.com.

Parking: Free parking for volleyball fans is available in lots 100a, 100b, 100g and 100f at Reed Arena. Lot 102 is for handicap parking.

AGGIE QUICK HITS:

A&M is 26-10 in season openers since 1976. (Opening-day results are not available for the 1975 season.)

The Aggies are 14-5 in season openers since head coach Laurie Corbelli was hired in 1993. Last year, A&M won its third consecutive season opener by defeating Creighton, 3-0, in the Aggies’ opening match at the Texas A&M Invitational.

Head coach Laurie Corbelli (499-300 overall, 399-194 at A&M) is entering her 20th season at the helm of the Aggies and the 26th year of her head coaching career. She will be coaching the 800th match of her career in the season opener against the Bobcats.

Corbelli’s milestone career victories:
#1        San Francisco def. Weber State                         Sept. 6, 1986
#100    Santa Clara def. Pepperdine                             Nov. 21, 1992
#200    Texas A&M def. California                                 Sept. 19, 1997
#300    Texas A&M def. Texas                                        Oct. 6, 2001
#400    Texas A&M def. Loyola                                      Sept. 8, 2006
#499    Texas A&M def. Lipscomb                                Dec. 1, 2011

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Posted by on Aug 24 2012. Filed under Sports.


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