CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team picked up a 3-0 (25-14, 25-10, 25-23) win over Texas Southern to finish first-day action at the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach Islanders Classic. The Islanders will play twice on Saturday, with the Houston Baptist Huskies up first at 1:00 p.m. and then against the Villanova Wildcats at 7:00 p.m. to finish tournament play.
The team evened its record to 5-5 on the season while the Lady Tigers fall to 0-5 on the year. Houston Baptist lost to Villanova on the first day and is now 3-6 while the Wildcats hold a 6-3 record.
Jessica Korda led the way against the Lady Tigers, amassing 11 kills, including eight in the first set, as the Islanders rolled to the non-conference victory. Sheridan Paulus was right behind Korda, notching 10 kills on the night.
In set one, the Islanders jumped out to a 5-0 lead on a kill from Korda, a pair of service aces by Emma Ridley and a Texas Southern attack error. The Lady Tigers got to within 9-7 before the Islanders stretched the lead back out to as many as 11 points at 23-12 late in the set. With the score 24-14, Korda ended the set with a kill for a 25-14 win.
Set two saw the Islanders go from down 2-1 to up 6-2 after scoring five-straight points to take the lead. Primarily a setter, Logen Bourque notched two kills in the run, along with a service ace from Sarah Sanchez and a TSU attack error. With the score 9-5, Amanda Lowe recorded three kills to go along with two Lady Tigers attack errors to extend the margin to nine points at 14-5. When the set got to 20-10, the Islanders receive a pair of kills from Brooke Alverson, a kill from Paulus and a pair of service aces from Korda to close out the set.
In the third and final set, the Islanders fell behind 7-0 to start the match before coming all the way back to knot the score at 12-12. The two teams played close the rest of the way as the Islanders took a 24-20 lead before three-straight points from TSU made it 24-23. Paulus ended the drama with a kill to give her team a 3-0 match victory to end the night.
Bourque led the team with 15 assists while Sanchez made her biggest mark with seven digs to lead the team.
The Islanders matches against Houston Baptist and Villanova will both be available on live stats and video streaming through www.GoIslanders.com.