Flagstaff, Ariz. - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team picked up its second win of the season on Saturday morning with a 3-1 (25-21, 21-25, 19-25, 17-25) win over Maryland Eastern Shore on day two of the Northern Arizona Fiesta Bowl Tournament.
The Islanders are now 2-4 on the year while the Hawks are 1-5 this season. The team will play its final match of the tournament later tonight at 6:30 p.m. against Rider.
Shannon Hullum and Emma Ridley tied for the team lead in kills with 11 each. A third player, Isabella Arcidiacono, also added double-digit kills with 10 in the match. Logen Bourque also had the first 40 assist match of her young Islanders career.
"We were really making an effort to get Shannon involved aggressively," said head coach Tony Graystone. "Logen was very involved as well.
"We gave the ball to everybody today and were trying to be more balanced. It was by far our best offensive match of year."
In the first set, the two teams started out trading points to 7-7 before UMES scored three-straight points to make it 10-7 in favor of the Hawks. The Islanders could never get any closer than two points the rest of the way, falling behind by as many as six at 19-13 late in the set. The margin was closed to two points on an attack error, but UMES kept the advantage to go on to a 25-21 win and take a 1-0 advantage in sets.
"It was a disappointing start, for whatever reason we didn't play well," said Graystone. "We were just able to start over, turn it around and get it done.
"We have to do a better job of starting matches."
In set two, the Hawks led by three points early on by a 5-2 score. Kills from Jordan Flemmer and Bourque helped the Islanders pull back even at 5-5. With the set tied at 8-8, kills from Ridley, Hullum and Arcidiacono helped the Islanders score four points in-a-row to take a 12-8 advantage. The team stretched it to as many as seven points at 22-15 before taking a 25-21 win on a kill by Arcidiacono.
Set three saw the Islanders come out fast and take a 3-0 advantage before UMES made it 7-7 soon after. The two teams traded points as neither was able to gain a distinct advantage. The set was tied as late as 16-16, and was 21-19 before four-straight points to finish the scoring at 25-19 for a 2-1 set advantage.
The fourth and final set was tied at 3-3 when a kill from Brooke Alverson and a pair from Ridley helped the Islanders score five-straight points to take an 8-3 lead. The Hawks fought back to within 8-7 but were never able to get any closer. A pair of 6-0 runs by the Islanders helped them put the match out of reach and take a 25-17 win and complete a 3-1 match victory.
In addition to Bourque's 40 assists, she was also fourth on the team with eight kills and tied for third on the team with Ridley at eight digs. Paige Hoffler led the team with 12 digs while Micah Nolan totaled nine in the match. Alverson had the only block solo for the Islanders to go along with two block assists and seven kills while Bourque and Flemmer each had three block assists to lead the team in that category.
Now the Islanders turn their attention to Rider in the final match of the tournament for the team. Graystone knows his team must be focused in its last match of the weekend.
"We need to prepare better and come out fast in the match," said Graystone. "It will just be about us establishing what we want to do and executing it."
Live stats for the 6:30 p.m. match against Rider will be available by visiting www.NAUathletics.com.