Islanders Come Up Short Against SMU to Close Play in TCU Invitational

FORT WORTH – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Volleyball team battled hard, but were unable to pick up a set against SMU on Saturday afternoon, falling 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-21) to finish play in the TCU Nike Invitational. A match against UT Arlington on Monday, Sept. 3, at 1 p.m. will close the trip north for the Islanders.

The team is now 4-3 on the season after going 1-2 in the TCU tournament, picking up a win against Army before losses against two local teams, TCU and SMU. The Mustangs are now 2-4 on the year with the win. Shannon Hullum led the team with 13 kills in the match on a .414 hitting percentage, while Tyger Holt picked up seven on a .500 hitting percentage. Logen Bourque provided 34 assists for the Islanders, while Micah Nolan had 12 digs in the match. Hullum was named to the all-tournament team for her performance over the weekend.

The first set was close throughout, with each team having no more than a three-point advantage, SMU's coming at 11-8 and Texas A&M – Corpus Christi's coming at 16-13 after kills from Holt and Hullum. There were 13 total ties in the set, with the last coming at 24-24 when Hullum and Holt combined for a block to knot the score, but two consecutive points by the Mustangs finished the set at 26-24 for a 1-0 lead.

In the second, the Islanders led by a slim 6-3 margin after four kills by Holt and one from Hullum. The lead held until SMU tied the score at 10-10 and gained the advantage at 12-11. A Hullum kill tied it at 12-12, but it would be the last time Texas A&M – Corpus Christi could level the match. They battled to within one point late in the match when Holt picked up another kill to make it a 20-19 deficit, but the Mustangs scored five of the last six points to make it a 25-20 final.

In the final set, an early 5-1 advantage for SMU was too much to overcome, with the Islanders trailing by as many as six. Late in the set, a Mustangs attack error, followed by kills from Hullum and Holt made it a 22-21 score, but the final three points came from SMU as they took a 25-21 final to close out the match.

It will be a quick turnaround for Texas A&M – Corpus Christi with an off day on Sunday before getting back on the court for a Labor Day match against former Southland member UT Arlington. The teams will play at 1 p.m. on Monday afternoon at the College Park Center.

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