No. 4 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Downs No. 5 Central Arkansas

first_img2019 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament HomepageBox ScoreCONWAY, Ark. – No. 4 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi punched its ticket to the semifinals at the 2019 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament Friday night with a 3-0 win over No. 5 Central Arkansas inside the Farris Center in Conway, Ark. The Islanders presented a well-balanced offense with seven players combining for 46 kills. Chloe Simon and Julia Carter paved the way with nine kills apiece, while Carissa Barnes tallied a team-best 22 digs. A&M-Corpus Christi held the Sugar Bears to a .123 hitting percentage en route to the three-set victory.Set OneThe Islanders gained control early in the opening set, racing out to a 7-3 advantage. The Sugar Bears attempted to keep pace with the high-powered A&M-Corpus Christi offense and even shrunk their deficit to 16-13 after a kill from Madi Bowles. However, the Islanders remained locked in and allowed just two more points from the Central Arkansas offense before closing out the opening set with a 25-15 victory.Set TwoTexas A&M-Corpus Christi picked up right where it left off in the second set, this time jumping out to an early 7-2 advantage. Back-to-back kills by Chloe Simon widened the Islanders’ lead to 10-4 but the Sugar Bears answered by scoring five of the next seven points to close the margin to 13-9. Four points is as close as Central Arkansas would come, however, as A&M-Corpus Christi stepped on the gas and concluded the set with a 25-18 win.Set ThreeThe final set saw seven tie scores and three lead changes as the Sugar Bears mounted one final comeback bid in order to extend the match to a fourth set. The two teams opened up trading leads four times within the opening 13 points. The Islanders rattled off a 5-1 scoring run immediately after a Central Arkansas timeout to take a 14-7 advantage. Central Arkansas continued to hang around and closed its deficit to a one-point margin on seven more occasions but the A&M-Corpus Christi offense proved too powerful and concluded the match with a 25-23 third-set victory.The Islanders will now take on No. 1 Stephen F. Austin in Saturday afternoon’s second semifinal matchup. First serve is slated for a 2:30 p.m. CT start inside the Farris Center in Conway, Ark.last_img

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