August 25, 2012

Islanders Sweep Tulane to Earn First Win of Season

WACO – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Volleyball team powered their way to a sweep over the Tulane Green Wave on Saturday, winning a close 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 26-24) to earn the first win of the season. The team will be back in action on Saturday afternoon in a 4:30 p.m. match against Nevada to finish play in the Fairfield Inn North Baylor Classic.

The Islanders improve to 1-1 on the season with the win, while Tulane drops to 0-2 after a tough five-set loss against Nevada to open the season. Nevada plays Baylor before the two teams face off at 4:30 on Saturday.

Brooke Alverson led the way for the Islanders, picking up a match-high 13 kills on a .333 hitting percentage, while Shannon Hullum also picked up double digits, totaling 10 kills against the Green Wave. Logen Bourque added 36 assists in the match to lead both teams, and Micah Nolan did the same with her 20 digs in the contest. Alverson also led the team in blocks, picking up six block assists while Ivy Baresh was close behind with five on the day.

In the first set, the Islanders fell behind 14-11 before a block assist by Alverson and Baresh, another by Alverson and Brianna Brink and a Tulane attack error tied the score at 14-14. After the teams traded points to 15-15, a Green Wave error and an Alverson service ace gave Texas A&M – Corpus Christi a lead they would not relinquish. With the score 22-20, a Baresh kill and a pair by Alverson finished the set at 25-21 to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead in the match.

Set two saw Texas A&M – Corpus Christi jump out to an 8-3 lead behind kills from Baresh, Bourque and three from Alverson, while Alverson and Bourque each had a block assist. They held the advantage throughout, with Tulane closing in late at 24-22, but another Alverson kill gave the Islanders a lead of 2-0 against the Green Wave.

In the final frame the score was close throughout, with 13 tie scores and neither team leading by more than three points. Hullum came through big in the set, picking up six kills to lead the team. With the score tied 23-23, Baresh picked up a kill to bring up match point, but Tulane tied it once again at 24-24. After that point, two consecutive attack errors closed the match with a 26-24 final and a three-set sweep.

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