Back home in the Dugan Wellness Center on Thursday night, the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Volleyball team will host Northwestern State in the annual 'Dig Pink' match for breast cancer awareness. In addition to the Southland Conference match that will be sponsored by Christus Spohn, the pre-match festivities will include a tailgate party on the east lawn in front of Dugan.
Texas A&M – Corpus Christi (11-6, 4-2 Southland) will look to even the season series with the Lady Demons (12-6, 4-2 Southland) after falling by a 3-1 final in Natchitoches, La., four matches ago. In that match, the Islanders started out fast by winning the first set in convincing fashion before suffering losses in the next three for their first Southland Conference defeat.
Leading the way for the Islanders heading into Thursday is Shannon Hullum. The only senior on the roster, Hullum has a team-high 166 kills, while freshman Ivy Baresh (139), sophomore Brianna Brink (131) and junior Brooke Alverson (106) have all topped the century mark in kills as well.
Junior Logen Bourque has 554 assists to pace the team while fellow junior Micah Nolan is tops with 264 digs. Baresh (177) is also second in digs while Bourque (136) rounds out the top three in the defensive category. Alverson (54) leads the team in total blocks while freshman Tyger Holt (42) has made an impact on the block in her first year on the team.
For the Lady Demons, Stacy DiFrancesco (196) leads the way in kills, and they also have four players with more than 100 kills on the year in Mackenzie Neely (180), Caiti O'Connell (160) and Glynna Johnson (102).
Keelie Arneson has a team-high 344 digs, Emily Sweet leads with 653 assists and Johnson has 52 total blocks to pace NSU.
In addition to the action on the court, the Islanders Athletics department has once again teamed with the Promotion of Sport class in the University's kinesiology department to put on the yearly 'Dig Pink' match that brings attention to, and raises funds for, breast cancer research. The team will wear pink jerseys, and the Promotion of Sport class will be collecting donations to benefit First Friday and the Christus Spohn Health System's Breast Care Program.
A limited number of autographed pink jerseys will be auctioned off during the contest, and fans are encouraged to wear pink to the match in support of the cause, as October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Live stats and video will be available by visiting www.GoIslanders.com.
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