It was always going to prove a tough ask and it was indeed too much as UTSA were swept by Texas A&M in the first round of the NCAA Volleyball Championships at Austin on Thursday night.
Despite the match being a sweep UTSA were not at all outclassed as they fell in three fairly tight sets 26-24, 25-21, 25-18.
The first set was tight with the Aggies controlling it much of the way until the Roadrunners took the lead at 18-17 and looked to push on from there getting out to 22-20 and getting close to nearly stunning the big school.
UTSA even managed to bring that first set to a set point in their favor but the Aggies responded using a 6-2 run from 22-20 down to seal the set.
UTSA took control of the second set, knowing that dropping that set would be almost certain disaster, and rushed out to a 13-9 lead seeing them hold a strong advantage.
McKenzie Adams made a rare attack error which started a Texas A&M run of six unanswered points before UTSA managed to draw level at 15/
Again the Aggies bounced back and in the took a 21-17 lead before sealing the set on the back of an error from UTSA.
Needing to win the third set to have any chance of staying alive the Roadrunners fought hard through the opening stages, which featured seven ties.
From there the Aggies went on to seal their passage to the second round as a 7-0 run saw them pull away from UTSA before sealing the match with a 25-18 set win.