Huntsville, Texas The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball team dropped a heart-breaker against Sam Houston State Friday night in a Southland Conference match.
The Islanders dropped a closely contested match by a score of 3-2(23-25, 28-26, 25-23, 21-25, 15-13).
The Islanders fall to 3-11 on the season, 1-3 in SLC play. Sam Houston is now 7-13, 2-2 SLC.
Kasey McBrearty nearly set another career-best in kills, notching a match-high 21 this match after collecting 22 in the Islanders match against UTSA last Friday night.
Molly McCabe also had a standout night, tying with a Sam Houston player for a match-high of 63 assists.
The match started out well for the Islanders, jumping out to an early lead after winning the first match 25-23.
After early back-and-forth action, the Islanders were tied with the Bearkats at 9-9. A pair of Jessica Korda kills gave the Islanders an 11-9 lead that they would never relinquish.
TAMUCC built their lead to as many five points when a McBrearty kill from a McCabe assist put the Islanders up 19-14.
The Bearkats would pull within one point at 23-22 but a McBrearty kill would stretch the lead back to two. After trading points again, the Bearkats once again whittled the lead to one at 24-23, but a McBrearty kill put the set away for a 25-23 Islander win.
In the second set, the Bearkats jumped out to an early 6-2 lead. The Islanders would come back to tie the set at 14-14 on a kill by Lauren Paslay.
The two teams would continue to trade points until the Islanders were able to take a lead at 22-21 on an error by the Bearkats.
The Bearkats would tie the set at 22-22 followed by a kill by Paslay to put the Islanders ahead at 23-22. After the game was tied at 23-23, Paslay once again added another kill to put the Islanders up at 24-23.
The Islanders would not be able to hold the lead however. The Islanders extended the match past the normal amount of points but eventually fell by a score of 28-26 to even the match at one game each.
The third set started out with the Bearkats jumping to a 2-0 lead. The Islanders quickly matched that on a McBrearty kill and attack error on the Bearkats.
After falling behind again, a Fionda kill knotted the score at 4-4. After taking a 5-4 lead, the Bearkats committed a service error to tie the set at 5-5.
The Islanders would score four straight points on a Bearkat error, two Chelseas Myers service aces and a Paslay kill to make the score 9-5 in favor of the Islanders.
The Islanders held the lead at 20-19 when three straight points by the Bearkats gave them 22-20 lead. The Islanders pulled to within one point at 24-23 on a Korda kill but were unable to score again as they fell 25-23 to fall behind Sam Houston 2-1.
In the fourth set, the Islanders led 5-3 early on by kills from McBrearty, Korda and Paslay. The Bearkats tied the set at 5-5 but the Islanders scored on another kill by Paslay to retake the lead at 6-5.
After a brief deficit to the Bearkats at 7-6, the Islanders once again tied the score at 7-7 on another Paslay kill.
The Islanders held the continuous lead all the way until the score reached 18-18. After falling behind 21-20, the Islanders scored five straight points on three Paslay kills and a pair of errors on the Bearkats. The final Paslay kill put the set at 25-21 in favor of the Islanders, tying the match at two sets each.
The final set would be just as closely contested as the others, with neither team getting more than a three point lead. After a brief lead at 2-1 on a kill by Holly Watson, the Islanders fell behind 3-2 after committing an attack error.
A kill by McBrearty tied the set at 3-3 before the Islanders fell behind again. The Islanders were later able to even the set at 9-9 on a kill by Paslay.
After the Bearkats scored to make it 10-9, the Islanders would score four straight points to put the match at 13-10.
Despite being so close to victory, the Islanders were unable to score another point as the Bearkats scored five straight points to take the set 15-13 and the match 3-2. With the score tied at 13-13, Jamie Kaleh recorded back-to-back service aces to finish the match.
McBrearty led all scorers with 21 kills on the night. McCabe led the Islanders with 63 assists, tied for a match-high. Kandyce Nielson had 25 digs to lead all players in the match.
Anna Ferguson had 20 kills to lead Sam Houston while Kym Loving also had a match-high tying 63 assists. Shamira Washington led the Bearkats with 16 digs.
The Islanders are back in action Saturday afternoon with a match against the Lamar Cardinals at 3 p.m. in Beaumont.