Islanders Split Matches on Final Day of Pioneer Classic
DENVER, Colo. – After dropping a 3-1 match to Denver earlier today, the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team bounced back in the second match to win 3-1 over Air Force to seal their first match of the season. Ivy Baresh, Shaquinn parker and Brianna Brink all finished in double figures in kills while Logen Bourque tallied 43 assists and Shayla Maldonado recorded 10 digs in the final match of the Pioneer Classic in Hamilton Gymnasium.
Bourque was named to the Pioneer Classic All-Tournament Team.
The Islanders (1-2) will travel to Houston, Texas next weekend to compete in the Rice Invitational I on Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7, against Rice, LSU and UALR.
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MATCH 1: DENVER 3, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 1
Senior Logen Bourque recorded her first double-double of the season with 31 assists and 10 digs and freshman Shaquinn Parker added nine kills but it wasn't enough as Denver controlled the net to win 3-1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-10, 25-11) victory. The Pioneers won the net with 15 block assists and one block solo.
The Islanders received solid play from the newcomers, with Parker's team-high nine kills, and Abby Whitehead hit .400 and recorded seven kills and two aces. Veterans Ivy Baresh and Brianna Brink combined for 13 kills.
The Pioneers were led by Colleen King and Corrujedo Moni who each chipped in 15 kills apiece.
In the opening set, the Islanders and Pioneers played close until the home team pushed ahead 15-12 on a back-to-back aces. After an Islanders' timeout, Denver built an 18-13 lead with three straight kills. The Islanders pulled within two after Bourque and Baresh put away consecutive kills. The teams traded points to 22-19 until Haley Satterwhite Day and Whitehead added back-to-back kills to trim the Pioneers' lead to 22-21 and force a timeout. Out of the break, Denver closed the frame with three straight points to win 25-21.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi rallied back in the second set to win 25-22 on .324 hitting. Baresh recorded four of her seven kills in the frame while Parker added three. The two teams battled back-and-forth with 15 ties in the set. The Islanders pushed ahead at 20-18 with a kill by Bourque but Denver knotted the score at 20 on a pair of Islanders' hitting errors. After back-and-forth play, the Islanders finished the match with straight kills by Brink and Satterwhite Day and an ace by Bourque to win 25-22.
The Pioneers jumped out early in the third and fourths sets to secure the match. Denver's offense hit .500 in the third set and controlled the net with four blocks to win 25-10. The home team took an early 8-1 lead and stayed in front the rest of the way. In the fourth set, the Islanders stayed even with the Pioneers early on until three straight kills pushed Denver ahead 12-7. Brink then added an ace and Parker put away a kill at 18-10 but the Pioneers' recorded four of their 14 kills to win the set 25-11.
MATCH 2: TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 3, AIR FORCE 1
After dropping the first set against Air Force, the Islanders rallied back to win three straight sets and clinch their first victory of the season 3-1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-22). Ivy Baresh led the Islanders with her second double-double of the classic with 12 kills and a career-high 22 digs. Brianna Brink tied a match-high 13 kills and Shaquinn Parker recorded a season-high 12 kills. Logen Bourque tallied a season-high 43 assists and Shayla Maldonado collected 10 digs.
The Islanders jumped out early with a 10-0 lead over the Falcons. Parker (3) and Baresh (4) added kills during the run and Maldonado added three aces. Air Force answered with a 9-0 run of their own to knot the score at 11. Both teams then went back-and-forth until the Falcons went ahead 21-19 with a kill by Raquel Rosas and an Islanders' attacking error. After trading points, Air Force wrapped the first set 25-21 with a kill by Akokwe Clement.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi rallied back to win the next three sets. The second set looked to be starting out like the first with the Islanders racing ahead 6-0 but once again the Falcons came back to even the score at 6-6. The Islanders pushed ahead at 17-14 with kills by Brink and Parker. After trading points, Sarah Sanchez put one away a kill and Bourque added an ace to build the Islanders lead to 22-16. Both teams traded points before the Islanders secured the set on back-to-back Falcon errors.
In the third set, the Islanders fell behind 7-3, before rallying back with eight straight points to push ahead 11-7. During the run Haley Satterwhite Day (4) and Brink (1) each recorded kills. The Islanders stayed in front until Air Force evened the score at 20. After an Islanders' timeout, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi scored three straight points to go ahead 23-20. Back-to-back hitting errors by the Islanders pulled the Falcons within one but a kill by Satterwhite Day made it match point for the Islanders. Back-to-back service errors by both teams gave the Islanders' a 25-23 third-set victory.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi rallied back in the fourth set after falling behind 10-7, to push ahead at 21-20. The Islanders scored three straight points after an attacking error by the Falcons and back-to-back kills by Brink to stay ahead 23-20. The Islanders concluded the match with a kill by Brink. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi hit .214 in the fourth set with six of the kills coming from Brink.