Islanders Drop Final Southland Road Match to Stephen F. Austin

Islanders Drop Final Southland Road Match to Stephen F. Austin

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-22) final against Stephen F. Austin in a Southland Conference road match, the final one of the year for the Islanders. The team will return home for a pair of matches against Lamar and McNeese State on Thursday and Saturday before playing in the Southland Conference Tournament next week in Conway, Ark.

The Islanders (19-10, 10-6 Southland) put up a valiant effort in all three sets, but they were unable to overcome the Ladyjacks (20-10, 10-6 Southland) on their home court.

Brooke Alverson led the team with 11 kills and was followed closely by Shannon Hullum at 10 on the night. Logen Bourque had 28 assists, while Micah Nolan led the team with 18 digs in the match.

The first set started out with SFA scoring the first four points as they gained early control of the period. Texas A&M – Corpus Christi trailed until midway through the set when a kill by Hullum helped tie the score at 13-13, but three consecutive points for the Ladyjacks extended the lead back to three at 16-13. The lead closed to one several times, including when back-to-back kills by Hullum made it a 23-22 deficit, but SFA would go on to take a 25-23 final for a 1-0 match lead.

The second set opened close and was a 7-6 SFA lead until the Ladyjacks scored 6-of-9 points for a 13-9 advantage. An Ashley Phelps kill closed the gap to 18-17, but back-to-back points by SFA made it a 20-17 lead. The Ladyjacks would go on to take a 25-21 final and a 2-0 lead heading into the intermission.

The final set was close throughout and level at 22-22 before the final three points from SFA made it a 25-22 final and a 3-0 match win.

The Islanders will host Lamar on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the Dugan Wellness Center, with the match against McNeese State coming at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The team will honor Shannon Hullum, the lone senior of the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi team.

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