TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI (17-11, 11-5 SLC) VS. LAMAR (9-19, 7-9 SLC)
Wednesday, Nov. 13 • 4 p.m. • Dugan Wellness Center • Corpus Christi, Texas
CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team will look to bounce back from a 3-0 loss against Houston Baptist when it hosts Lamar on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The Islanders clinched a 3-2 five-set thriller over the Cardinals in the first meeting in Beaumont and will look to improve its school-best 11-5 Southland Conference record at 4 p.m. in the Dugan Wellness Center.
The team comes into the contest with an overall 17-11 record and currently sits in fifth place in the conference standings with two regular-season matches left to play. The top eight teams will advance to the conference tournament on Nov. 22-24 at the Dugan Wellness Center.
On Saturday, Ivy Baresh and Brianna Brink led the Islanders with nine kills apiece and Haley Satterwhite Day chipped in eight but the Huskies controlled the net with six blocks and hit .218 in the match to win 3-0 (5-20, 25-21, 25-20). Logen Bourque dished out 30 assists for the Islanders while Baresh led the Islanders' defense with 15 digs and Shayla Maldonado added 12.
Bourque continues to be a consistent leader for the Islanders' offense and is currently ranked 19th in the nation in assists with 11.29 per set, which is good for second place in the conference. She is the Islanders' career assist leader with 4,346 assists and has tallied 50 or more assists in seven matches this season. The Houston native has passed out 1,140 assists this season, which ranks third in Islanders history for a single season. She also sits in third place all-time in career digs with 1,053 and is currently ranked fourth with 74 career service aces.
Bourque and the Islanders are ranked 30th in the nation in assists (13.05 per set) and digs (16.68 per set), which are both good for second place in the conference. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi also sits in second place in the conference with 13.70 kills per set. Baresh leads the Islanders with 3.50 kills per set, which is good for fourth place in the conference. The sophomore ranks 10th in digs with 3.69 per set and 12th in service aces. Ashley Phelps is right behind Baresh on the team with 3.23 kills per set while Brink is averaging 3.04 kills per set (10th SLC).
Defensively, Hailey King, Baresh and Maldonado power the team. King is averaging 3.62 digs per set (13th SLC) with 333 digs on the year and Maldonado is averaging 4.29 digs per set in conference play, which ranks ninth in conference matches only.
Lamar enters Wednesday's match with a 9-19 record including a 7-9 record in conference play. The Cardinals are coming off a 3-0 loss to McNeese State on Saturday. Prior to that, Lamar topped Nicholls 3-1 in conference play. Sierra Whittaker leads the Cardinals with 3.47 kills per set while Alexa Johnson (8.53 assists per set) and Ashley Ellis (6.71 assists per set) run the offense. Defensively, the Cardinals are powered by Megan Schwartz with 3.53 digs per set and Chelsea Grant with 1.27 blocks per set (2nd SLC).
Wednesday's match will mark the 19th meeting between the two schools in program history. Lamar holds the 13-5 series advantage. In the first meeting this season, the Islanders clipped the Cardinals 3-2 (28-30, 26-24, 25-19, 11-25, 15-12). Brink tallied 14 kills while Baresh chipped in 11 kills and 16 digs. Sarah Sanchez added 10 kills and King matched a career-high 22 digs. Bourque recorded an impressive 41 assists, 17 digs and seven kills.
The team will wrap the regular season Saturday, Nov. 16, against Sam Houston State on Senior Day in the Dugan Wellness Center. The Islanders will play tribute to Bourque, Sanchez and Renee Ramirez.
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