TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (7-7, 2-1 SLC) AT LAMAR (4-11, 2-2 SLC)
Saturday, Sept. 28 • 1 p.m. • McDonald Gym • Beaumont, Texas
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team will continue their Southland Conference road swing Saturday, Sept. 28, against Lamar in Beaumont, Texas. The Islanders are looking to bounce back in the win column after a disappointing 3-0 loss to Sam Houston State Thursday night.
The Islanders come into Saturday's match with a 7-7 record including a 2-1 record in conference play. The team dropped its first conference match Thursday night after a four-match winning streak. Junior Ashley Phelps recorded 12 kills on .156 hitting to lead the Islanders Thursday and Ivy Baresh chipped in eight kills and a match-high 19 digs. Logen Bourque tallied 32 assists and eight digs while Hailey King added 17 digs.
Baresh is powering the Islanders offense this season with 166 kills (4th SLC) on .155 hitting. Brianna Brink (13th SLC) is right behind Baresh with 137 kills on .165 hitting. Bourque (2nd SLC) runs the offense with 10.53 assists per set and has dished out 516 assists this season. King (8th SLC) propels the Islanders' defense with 3.94 digs per set and freshman Shaquinn Parker controls the net with 25 total blocks this season, including 19 block assists. The Islanders sit at the top of the conference in assists with 12.84 per set, second in digs with 15.59 per set and third in kills with 13.51 per set. In conference matches only, the Islanders lead the league with 17.67 digs per set.
Lamar enters Saturday's match with a 4-11 record including a 2-2 record in conference play. The Cardinals are coming off a 4-3 victory over Houston Baptist last night. The team also has a conference win over Nicholls State. Sierra Whittaker leads Lamar offensively with 119 kills on .164 hitting and Cortney Moore has recorded 118 kills on .231 hitting. Alexa Johnson runs the offense with 8.21 assists per set and defensively the Cardinals are led by Megan Schwartz with 3.85 digs per set and Erika Rojas with 2.63 digs per set. Lamar is hitting .121 as a team while the Islanders are hitting .182 as a team.
Saturday's match will mark the 18th meeting between the two schools with Lamar holding the 13-4 series advantage. Last season, the Islanders swept the Cardinals in both meetings. In the first match, the Islanders clinched a 3-1 victory in Beaumont. Brink led the team with 21 kills on .302 hitting, while Baresh tallied 13 kills and 13 digs and Bourque passed out 48 assists. In the second meeting, the Islanders picked up a 3-1 victory behind an impressive performance by Bourque. The Islanders picked up the first 20th win in school history and Bourque captured the first triple-double in Islanders history since 2005 with 10 kills, 39 assists and 13 digs.
The Islanders will return home for a two-match homestand at the Dugan Wellness Center starting on Thursday, Oct. 3, against Incarnate Word at 7 p.m. The team will then take on Abilene Christian on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m.
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