CORPUS CHRISTI – A double-double from Jordyn Vaughn was not enough on Thursday as the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders swept Sam Houston State, 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 27-25) at the Dugan Wellness Center.
The Islanders (13-13, 10-5 SLC) have not dropped a match since falling to the Bearkats (14-14, 10-5 SLC) on Oct. 21, winning their fourth in a row with Thursday’s win moving the two-time defending league champions into a tie with Sam Houston for third place in the Southland Conference.
Vaughn, the SLC leader in kills per set, finished with 16 kills and 13 digs for the night while setter Jaclyn Ward joined her with a 28-assist, 10-dig double-double of her own. But Sam Houston hit just .168 for the night with no other player adding more than Taylor Cunningham’s eight kills.
Meanwhile, the Islanders hit .305 for the match, including a scoring .448 in the opening set to keep the Kats winless in Corpus Christi since 2012.
The Bearkats will close out the regular season on Saturday when they travel to San Antonio to take on UIW for the second time this year. First serve is set for 11 a.m. at the McDermott Convocation Center.
The Islanders were red hot in the opening set, hitting .448 as they took a 1-0 lead in the match. Vaughn turned in four kills in the set, but the Kats had nine attack errors while the Islanders had just one on 29 tries. Things were tight as late as 12-12 before a kill from AMCC’s Madeline Doud snapped the tie and ignited an 8-1 Islander run that broke it open on the way to a 25-18 win.
The Kats got another six kills from Vaughn in the second set, but put themselves in an 11-3 hole to open the set that they could not climb out of. They would still manage to get all the way back to within three points at 23-20, but a service error put an end to that rally and the Islanders were able to close it out to take a 2-0 lead into intermission.
Sam Houston hit a match-best .271 in the third set, but it still was not enough. Brittany Gilpin had five kills in the set for the Islanders, including her final kill that tied things up 24-24 late in the set after Cunningham had given the Kats a set-point try with a service ace. Brooke White followed with a score to tie it up at 25-25, but a Bearkat service error gave the Islanders the only match-point opportunity they would need as Madison Green delivered the match-clinching score.