August 25, 2012

Islanders Finish Second in Baylor Classic With Pair of Saturday Wins

WACO – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Volleyball team picked up another victory on Saturday, beating Nevada 3-1 (25-27, 25-20, 25-14, 25-23) to finish the Fairfield Inn North Baylor Classic. Brianna Brink and Micah Nolan were named to the all-tournament team after their performances on the second day.

The Islanders are now 2-1 on the season, while Nevada moves to 1-2 this year. Brink tied a career high with 24 kills, doing so in four sets this time after doing it in five last season against McNeese State. She hit an astounding .488 in the match and totaled 36 kills in three matches to earn her spot on the all-tournament team, while Nolan picked up another 21 digs against Nevada, finishing with a total of 50 during the weekend.

Ivy Baresh added a career-high 14 kills, and Brooke Alverson finished in double digits at 11 kills. Logen Bourque finished with 49 assists against the Wolfpack while Courtney Hall came off the bench to spark the Islanders defense, finishing with three block assists to lead the team.

In the first set, a slow start doomed the Islanders despite a valiant comeback effort. Down six at 15-9, they outscored the Wolfpack 11-5 to even the score at 20-20. The two teams played to a deadlock at 25-25 before back-to-back kills gave Nevada the 27-25 win and a one set lead.

Things seemed headed the same way in the second as Texas A&M – Corpus Christi fell behind by a 16-9 score. A service ace from Baresh got the rally started, as Brink tallied three kills, while Alverson had a kill, a service ace and combined with Courtney Hall on a block assist to even the score at 19-19. The Islanders kept pouring it on, as Brink added two more kills and Hall and Shannon Hullum combined for a block to give the Islanders a 25-20 win to even the match at one set apiece.

Texas A&M – Corpus Christi dominated the second set behind six kills from Brink, taking a 25-14 final to earn a 2-1 lead against the Wolfpack.

The final set was the topper for Brink, finishing off her day with nine kills to finish with 24 against Nevada, including the nail in the coffin at 25-23. Things started quickly for the Islanders as they jumped out to a 17-12 lead, but the Wolfpack rallied to within one point at 24-23 before Brink ended their hopes.

The win followed a 3-0 sweep of Tulane earlier in the day to give the Islanders a 2-1 record and a second-place finish in the Baylor Classic.

Next up for Texas A&M – Corpus Christi will be a Tuesday night match on the road as they travel south to take on Texas – Pan American in Edinburg. Match time is set for 6:30 p.m. at the UTPA Fieldhouse.

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