TULSA, Okla. – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Volleyball team was unable to get on track Saturday afternoon, absorbing a 3-0 (25-25-19, 25-20, 25-17) defeat against the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles to end a stretch of five consecutive Southland Conference matches on the road. The team will return home to face the Nicholls Colonels on Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Dugan Wellness Center.
The Islanders (16-9, 8-5 Southland) have now lost two straight matches for just the second time this season after falling at Central Arkansas two nights before. The Golden Eagles (12-13, 8-6 Southland) continue to climb the standings after a slow start to conference play.
Logen Bourque led the team in both assists (21) and digs (11) as Texas A&M – Corpus Christi was unable to get on track offensively. Ivy Baresh led the team in kills with a total of 11, while no other Islanders player reached double digits.
The opening set was close early on, with the two teams playing to an 11-11 tied midway through the period. From there, ORU reeled off three straight points and 7-of-10 to take a commanding lead at 18-13 late in the set. The Islanders closed to within three at 19-16 following a kill by Bourque, but the Golden Eagles would score six of the final nine points for 25-19 final and the early 1-0 lead.
The second set saw ORU race out to a 6-1 lead, but Texas A&M – Corpus Christi clawed its way back into it, closing the gap to just one at 14-13 following a kill by Ashley Phelps and a block assist by Phelps and Brooke Alverson to make it a one-point advantage. The teams traded points to a 17-16 ORU lead before the Islanders surrendered five points in a row to make it a 22-16 lead for the Golden Eagles on the way to a 25-20 final and a 2-0 match lead.
Texas A&M – Corpus Christi took an early lead in the final set behind a kill by Phelps, a block assist by Alverson and Phelps and three straight service aces from Alverson to make it a 5-3 advantage, but ORU followed with four points of their own to go ahead by a 7-5 score. A Baresh kill closed the gap to one point at 8-7, but the Islanders would be unable to get any closer as the Golden Eagles took control of the period on the way to a 25-17 final and a 3-0 match win.
The Islanders will look to get back on track in league play this coming week with matches against Nicholls and Southeastern Louisiana at the Dugan Wellness Center. Nicholls comes to town on Thursday, Nov. 1 for a 7 p.m. match, while SELA heads to Corpus Christi for a Saturday, Nov. 3 contest at 1 p.m. against Texas A&M – Corpus Christi.
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