TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (17-10, 11-4 SLC) VS. HOUSTON BAPTIST (12-15, 7-7 SLC)
Saturday, Nov. 9 • 1 p.m. • Dugan Wellness Center • Corpus Christi, Texas
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team will host Houston Baptist on Saturday, Nov. 9, when it continues its Southland Conference homestand in the Dugan Wellness Center at 1 p.m. The Islanders are on a three-match winning streak and secured a 3-0 victory over the Huskies in the first meeting in Houston. The team will come into the contest with a 17-10 record including a school-best 11-4 record in the Southland Conference.
Last week the Islanders garnered three sweeps, including a 3-0 victory over McNeese State in its last meeting. Ashley Phelps powered the Islanders with 16 kills on .452 hitting while Ivy Baresh collected her 15th double-double of the season with 13 kills and 13 digs. Senior Logen Bourque had another impressive performance with 37 assists and eight digs while Shayla Maldonado tallied four of the Islanders' season-high 10 service aces. The sophomore also registered seven digs. Brianna Brink tied a match-high five block assists and Sarah Sanchez chipped in five total, including four block assists.
Bourque continues to be a consistent leader for the Islanders' offense and is currently ranked 18th in the nation in assists with 11.33 per set, which is good for second place in the conference. She is the Islanders' career assist leader with 4,316 assists and has tallied 50 or more assists in seven matches. The Houston native has passed out 1,110 assists this season, which ranks third in Islanders history for a single season. She also sits in fourth place all-time in career digs with 1,045 and is currently ranked fourth with 73 career service aces.
On Thursday, Bourque was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 Second Team. The teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and Bourque is the first Islanders volleyball player to earn the honor since Beth Fionda was named to the third team in 2008. She holds an overall 3.919 overall GPA in interdisciplinary studies and a 4.0 in major coursework. The senior has received her 4-8 teacher certification in mathematics and garnered Southland Conference Second Team All-Academic honors the past two years.
Bourque and the Islanders are ranked 29th in the nation in assists with 13.10 per set, which is good for second place in the conference. The Islanders are also ranked 29th in the nation in digs with 16.58 per set, which is also good for second place in the conference. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi sits in third place in the conference in kills with 13.76. Baresh leads the Islanders with 3.52 kills per set, which is good for fifth place in the conference. The sophomore ranks 12th in digs with 3.65 per set and 11th in service aces. Phelps is right behind Baresh on the team with 3.23 kills per set while Brink is averaging 3.04 kills per set (11th SLC).
Defensively, Hailey King, Baresh and Maldonado power the team. King is averaging 3.64 digs per set (13th SLC) with 324 digs on the year and Maldonado is averaging 4.31 digs per set in conference play, which ranks eighth in conference matches only.
Houston Baptist enters Saturday's match with a 12-15 record including a 7-7 record in conference play. The Huskies are coming off a 3-0 loss to Rice on Thursday in non-conference play. Prior to that, HBU won two straight against McNeese State and Nicholls. Madeline Gaffney leads the Huskies with 2.87 kills per set while Kayla Armer runs the offense with 10.68 assists per set. Defensively, Haley Hoffman leads the Huskies with 3.79 digs per set.
Saturday's match will mark the fifth meeting between the two schools in program history. The Huskies and Islanders have each secured two wins apiece against each other. In the first meeting this season, the Islanders blanked the Huskies 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-23). Phelps recorded a match-high 14 kills on .303 hitting and Brink added 13 kills on .360 hitting. Bourque dished out a match-high 35 assists and the Islanders collected a match-high 56 digs. Baresh tied a match-high 12 digs and King chipped in 11 digs.
The Islanders will host Lamar next on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. in the Dugan Wellness Center.
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