CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Volleyball Team started fast and kept up the intensity on Saturday afternoon in a 3-0 (25-21, 25-9, 25-16) victory over Southeastern La. at the Dugan Wellness Center.
The Islanders improved to 11-13 on the season and 3-5 in Southland matches following the sweep. The Lady Lions fell to 4-21 on the year, 0-8 in league play. No Texas A&M – Corpus Christi player reached double-digit kills, but several were close as Jessica Korda and Brianna Brink picked up nine kills, while Shannon Hullum and Brooke Alverson totaled eight each. Setter Logen Bourque had six kills in addition to her match-high 30 assists. Korda led the team with 13 digs while Micah Nolan added 12 in the contest.
The first set started out with the Lady Lions taking an early 6-3 lead, but the Islanders scored five-of-six points on back-to-back aces by Shelby Coppedge and kills from Brink, Alverson and Tina Chavis to take a 9-7 advantage. Southeastern La. tied the set as late as 10-10, but three-straight attack errors put them into a deficit they were unable to recover from. The lead grew as large as five on a kill from Brink to make it 16-11 and again at 18-13, before the Islanders finished with a 25-21 victory and a 1-0 lead in the match.
Set two was a dominant performance from start-to-finish as Texas A&M – Corpus Christi took a 25-9 decision. The Islanders raced out to a 5-0 lead on a Micah Nolan service ace, along with a pair of kills from Hullum and one each from Brink and Alverson. The lead grew to 11-2 on a kill from Bourque, and later was as much as 11 on a Hullum service ace. A&M – Corpus Christi finished the set off with six-straight points on kills by Brink and Bourque, a pair from Alverson and a service ace by Brink to finish the set at 25-9.
The final set started with Texas A&M – Corpus Christi taking a 3-1 lead before SELU came back to tie it at 3-3. Three consecutive points on a kill by Nolan, a Hullum service ace and an Alverson kill to make it a 6-3 score. The Islanders continued to build the advantage, with the biggest lead coming at 24-14 on a Bourque kill. After a pair of points by the Lady Lions, Korda ended the match with a kill to make it 25-16.
Next up for the Islanders will be a rare Sunday afternoon match at the Dugan Wellness Center. Texas A&M – Corpus Christi will be taking on North Dakota at 3 p.m.
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