September 29, 2012

Satterwhite Nets Career-High 18 Kills to Lead Islanders to Victory

HAMMOND, La. – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Volleyball team got another career high from Haley Satterwhite on the way to a 3-1 (25-22, 20-25, 25-23, 27-25) final over Southeastern Louisiana in a Southland Conference match on the road. Satterwhite finished with a career-high 18 kills after setting her previous best the match before.

The Islanders are now 11-6 overall and 4-2 in Southland Conference matches. The Lady Lions fall to 5-9, 1-5 in league play.

In addition to the offensive production from Satterwhite, Shannon Hullum finished with 14 kills while Ivy Baresh had nine. Micah Nolan had 23 digs, her sixth match with more than 20 this season, while Baresh had 19 digs and Logen Bourque finished with 10. Bourque also had 46 assists for the Islanders to lead the way, her fourth double-double of the year and second in a row.

The Islanders never trailed in the opening set, but it was a tense battle that saw a lead of just five points as the largest for the visiting Islanders. After opening with a pair of errors and a Courtney Hall kill, Texas A&M – Corpus Christi held a 3-1 lead. The Lady Lions knotted the score at 5-5, but it would be the last time the set was level between the teams.

With the score 12-11, a kill by Haley Satterwhite and a block by Tyger Holt made it a three-point lead at 14-11. The Lady Lions closed to 14-13, but three consecutive kills by Hullum followed by a Tyger Holt kill made it the largest deficit at 18-13. The Lady Lions once again closed to just two points at 22-20, but a Baresh service ace made it 23-20, while a Satterwhite kill closed the scoring at 25-22 to give her team a 1-0 lead in the match.

The second set was close throughout and featured five ties and two lead changes. The Islanders trailed 6-3 early on, but a trio of Satterwhite kills helped even the score at 8-8 against SELA, while a pair of Hullum kills broke the tie and gave her team a 10-8 lead. Kills by Holt, Hall and Ashley Phelps extended the lead to four at 16-12, but the Lady Lions rallied to even the score at 19-19.

SELA scored three more after a Texas A&M – Corpus Christi timeout to make it a 22-19 deficit for the Islanders. They would score just one more time as the Lady Lions went on to take a 25-20 final to even the match at 1-1. In all, the home team scored 10-of-12 points to earn the set.

Following the intermission, the Islanders started out fast in the third set. Three kills and a service ace from Hullum, a kill from Baresh and a Nolan service ace to made it a 7-2 score, but the Lady Lions rallied to even it at 10-10. SELA would go on to take a 17-13 lead, but Texas A&M – Corpus Christi kept fighting in the set.

A Satterwhite kill and a service ace from Hall cut the lead to two, but the lead would extend to five points at 21-16. From there, the Islanders scored nine of the final 11 points to earn the set victory. Holt started things off with a kill, and followed it up by combining for a block assist with Satterwhite. Three more kills by Satterwhite evened the score at 21-21, while a bad set from SELA and a Hullum kill gave the Islanders a 23-21 lead. Hullum brought it to set point with a kill, and a Holt kill ended it at 25-23 for a 2-1 Islanders lead in the match.

The final set saw the score tied 10 times while the lead changed hands seven different times before the Islanders finally earned a 27-25 win.

The score had been tied four times when the teams reached a 5-5 score, but Texas A&M – Corpus Christi was able to put a little distance in the score with a Baresh service ace, and kills from Bourque, Satterwhite and Holt to make it a 9-6 score. The Lady Lions tied it at 10-10 on the way to taking a 14-12 lead.

At 15-15, a Baresh kill, a block from Hall and a kill by Hullum helped the Islanders to a 19-15 lead. They would lead by as much as 22-17, but SELA would not go quietly. With the score at 24-21 and match point, the Lady Lions scored four straight to take a 25-24 lead. It did not faze the Islanders however, with the visitors scoring the final three points on a kill by Bourque to even it and one from Satterwhite to clinch the match.

Next up for Texas A&M – Corpus Christi is a return home to the Dugan Wellness Center on Thurs., Oct. 4 against Northwestern State. The Islanders will be hosting the annual "Dig Pink" match to benefit breast cancer awareness, and will be looking to avenge the first Southland Conference loss of the season against the Lady Demons.

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