CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Volleyball team lost a hard-fought battle by a 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-23) against the Southland Conference Champion Texas State on Saturday afternoon in their final match of the season. The match marked the last of her career for Jessica Korda, with the senior being honored before the match for her contributions to the program.
The Islanders finish the season with a record of 13-20 overall and a 5-11 mark in Southland Conference play. The win for the Bobcats gave them sole ownership of the Southland Conference Championship and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Southland Conference Tournament in Conway, Ark. starting next week.
Korda, a senior from Munster, Ind., was one of three Islanders with 10 kills apiece, with Shannon Hullum and Sarah Sanchez joining her in double digits. Logen Bourque had a team-high 34 assists for Texas A&M – Corpus Christi while Micah Nolan provided 11 digs, followed by Korda with 10 in the match.
The Islanders fell behind 3-1 to start the first set, but a kill by Korda and a service ace by Nolan tied the score at 3-3 early on. With the score tied at 5-5, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi took their first lead of the match on a Sarah Sanchez kill and extended it to 7-5 on a kill by Brooke Alverson. A kill by Bourque extended the lead to 9-6 and had Texas State calling a timeout.
After the break, three kills and a service ace by Sanchez helped extend the lead to 14-8 over the Bobcats. After the flurry of points, Texas State scored four-straight points to close the gap to 14-12 as Islanders coach Tony Graystone called for a timeout of his own. Shannon Hullum broke the streak with a kill after the stoppage, and as the lead closed to just one at 15-14, Hullum once again added a kill to make it 16-14. Texas State then scored three straight to regain the lead. After a brief tie at 17-17, the Bobcats scored three more to make it a 20-17 tally as the Islanders called timeout once again. A kill by Sanchez and a Bourque service ace helped even the score at 21-21 late in the set, but Texas A&M – Corpus Christi was unable to complete the rally as Texas State took a 25-22 first set.
The second set was close early on, with the two teams playing to a 15-15 tie midway through. From there, Texas State went on a 10-1 run, including scoring the final seven points to take a 25-16 final and a 2-0 lead in the match.
In the third set, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi fell behind 3-0, but rallied to tie it at 3-3 on a pair of kills by Hullum and a block assist by Hullum and Flemmer. Texas State would regain the lead and extend it to 16-9 as Graystone called a timeout.
After the timeout, a kill by Hullum and block assists from Hullum and Flemmer as well as a kill from Korda and a Sanchez service ace made it 16-13 as Texas State called a timeout of their own. Korda continued to run with a kill after the stoppage to help make it a 16-15 score. The Bobcats were able to extend it back t 18-15 before a pair of kills from Korda and a service ace by Nolan knotted it up at 18-18 late in the set. Yet another kill by the senior gave the Islanders their first lead of the set at 19-18.
After Texas State once again tied the score, Korda put another away and Bourque added one as well as Texas A&M – Corpus Christi gained a 21-19 advantage that forced the second timeout of the set from the Bobcats. Out of the break, Alverson notched a kill that made it 22-19 before Texas State scored again. At 22-21, another kill from Korda made it 23-21, but two-straight from the Bobcats evened the score and forced Graystone to use his second timeout. Texas State was able to score the final two points out of the timeout as they clinched the Southland Conference Title and No. 1 seed in the tournament.
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