ARLINGTON – After dropping a 3-0 (28-26, 25-18, 25-19) loss to UTSA Saturday morning, the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team bounced back with an explosive performance Saturday evening to sweep UT Arlington 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-21) in the final match of the Hilton Maverick Classic at College Park Center.
The Islanders will open conference play on the road Tuesday, Sept. 17, against McNeese State in Lake Charles, La.
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MATCH 1: UTSA 3, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 0
The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team fought hard against UTSA in a rematch of Monday night's home opener, but costly errors by the Islanders lifted the Roadrunners to a 3-0 (28-26, 25-18, 25-19) victory Saturday in the second of three matches at the Hilton Maverick Classic.
Sophomore Ivy Baresh led the Islanders with a team-high 14 kills and junior Brianna Brink added 13 kills, one shy of her season-high. Logen Bourque dished out 35 assists and Hailey King finished in double digits with 13 digs. The Roadrunners were paced by McKenize Adams, Conference USA Preseason Player of the Year, who tallied a match-high 21 kills. UTSA out-blocked the Islanders 7-4 and capitalized on the Islanders' 10 service errors.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi started out the match strong with an early 10-7 lead in the first set. The Islanders stayed out in front until three straight points by the Roadrunners evened the set at 12-12. Brink answered with a kill to help jumpstart a 3-0 run by the Islanders to make it 15-12. The Islanders and Roadrunners rallied back-and-forth until a 3-0 run by UTSA knotted the set at 17-17. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi followed with three consecutive points, including two kills by Baresh to build a 20-17 lead. However, the Roadrunners answered with a 3-0 of their own to force the Islanders to take a timeout at 20-20. Baresh and Adams traded kills before the Islanders pushed ahead at 23-21 with a kill by Baresh and an UTSA attacking error. After a kill by Adams, Brink smashed a kill to give the Islanders a 24-22 lead. UTSA battled back to score two straight points to knot the set at 24-24. After trading points back-and-forth, UTSA sealed the set, 28-26, with two straight points on consecutive Islanders' mishaps. Baresh led the Islanders with seven kills and Bourque passed out 13 assists.
In the second set, the Islanders fell behind 13-7 before the team recovered with a 6-0 run to knot the set at 13-13. During the run, Sarah Sanchez and Ashley Phelps chipped in kills and Baresh added an ace. The Islanders rallied back-and-forth with the Roadrunners until three straight points by UTSA forced the Islanders to take their first timeout of the set at 19-16. Out of the timeout, the Roadrunners put together a 6-2 run to capture the set, 25-18. Adams hit .583 in the second set and recorded eight kills while Baresh added four kills for the Islanders.
The final set was close throughout with 10 ties. The Islanders took a 12-11 lead after two straight kills by Brink and a kill by Sanchez. Both teams rallied back-and-forth until a 3-0 run by the Roadrunners put them in front 15-13. The Islanders fought back to score three straight to tie the set at 17-17. After trading kills, the Roadrunners put together a 7-1 run to end the set at 25-19 and the match.
MATCH 2: TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 3, UT ARLINGTON 0
The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team bounced back with an explosive performance Saturday evening to sweep UT Arlington 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-21) in the final match of the Hilton Maverick Classic at College Park Center. The Islanders had a balanced performance with three Islanders finishing in double figures in kills and digs while junior Ashley Phelps highlighted the Islanders' offense with a career-high 18 kills on .333 hitting.
The Islanders (4-6) clinched their first sweep of the season and topped UTA (5-5) for the third time in program history. The Islanders finished the weekend with a 2-1 record and Ivy Baresh and Phelps was named to the all-tournament team with their dominant performance in the three matches.
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi hit .228 in the match with 52 kills and limited the Mavericks to just .127 hitting and 29 kills. Baresh tallied her fifth double-double of the season with 11 kills and 13 digs while Brianna Brink chipped in 12 kills on .318 hitting. The Islanders' defense also played a big factor in the Islanders' victory with Baresh, Hailey King (17) and Renee Ramirez (11) all finishing in double figures in digs. Senior Logen Bourque also had a solid performance with 40 assists while hitting .462 with six kills.
The Islanders jumped out to a 7-5 lead after back-to-back kills by Baresh and Phelps. UTA evened the set at 9-9 before the Islanders pushed ahead 12-9 with kills by Bourque, Phelps and Brink and never looked back. The Islanders stayed out front the rest of the way to seal a 25-20 first-set victory. Texas A&M – Corpus Christi hit .275 in the first set and Phelps tallied a set-high six kills.
The Islanders carried over their momentum into the second set and jumped out to a 9-4 lead on a 4-0 run. UTA responded with a 5-0 run late in the set to garner a 17-15 lead. Baresh followed with a kill before a Maverick's attacking error evened the set at 17-17. Both teams rallied back-and-forth until two straight points by the Islanders knotted the score at 20-20. After a UTA timeout, the Islanders and Mavericks battled until the Islanders squeezed out a 25-23 victory with a kill by Brink and an ace by Sarah Sanchez.
It was all Islanders in the third set with Phelps leading the pack with seven kills and Baresh tacking on eight of her 13 digs. The Islanders opened with a 10-4 lead and extended their lead to 17-8 on a kill by Brink. Baresh and Shaquinn Parker followed with consecutive kills to pad the Islanders lead to 19-10. However, the Islanders saw their lead evaporate to two after a 7-0 run by the Mavericks. The Islanders recovered with three straight kills by Baresh and Phelps to extend their lead to 22-17. UTA followed with a 3-0 run but a kill by Parker and an attacking error by UTA added two straight points for the Islanders. After an Islanders' service error, Phelps clinched the set at 25-21 and the match with her 18th kill of the match.