Privateers drop 4-1 to host Houston Baptist in opener, rally for 3-2 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville in nightcap
HOUSTON – The Privateers’ No. 3 duo of senior Brook Frank and sophomore Samantha Uline rallied for a three-set win over Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Kat Evans and Kadi Shipman as the University of New Orleans beach volleyball team closed out day one of the Third Coast Classic with a 3-2 win over the Javelinas on Friday afternoon at the Third Coast Volleyball Club.
With the team score knotted at 2-2, the UNO tandem earned a 21-18 first-set victory before stumbling in the second frame, 21-19. The Privateers got a comfortable lead early in the third-and-deciding stanza and cruised to a 15-10 win to improve the team’s record on the young season to 4-6. The victory came after dropping a 4-1 decision to host Houston Baptist earlier in the day.
“In our win, our No. 2 and No. 3 teams did well under pressure,” UNO head coach Millicent Van Norden said. “With both pairings being new this weekend, it was big for them to be cohesive so early. I’m happy that the team is understanding how to compete as a whole and not as pairs, and I’m looking forward to seeing more improved team performance in our two matches tomorrow.”
The contest with Texas A&M-Kingsville opened in heart-breaking fashion as senior Lauren Levy and freshman Rhyan Rand dropped a 21-16, 17-21, 15-11 decision to Haley Hutchinson and Maelee Sowa in No. 5 play before sophomore Madison Miller and freshman Brianna Vega tied the contest with a 16-21, 21-18, 15-9 win over Madison Brabham and Morgan Broussard on Court 4.
The rookie tandem of Veronica Corcoran and Rachel Kuhn put UNO up 2-1 with a 21-12, 21-13 decision over Gabby Atchley and Kelby Sprinkles in No. 2 play but the Javelinas’ Kyra Henderson and Lexi Wick knotted things up with a 21-19, 21-6 win over redshirt-junior Cara Sander and freshman Victoria Corcoran to set up Frank and Uline’s match-deciding pairs finish.
Levy and Rands accounted for UNO’s lone point in the match against Houston Baptist, defeating Morgan Daniel and Danielle Wheeler 16-21, 21-18, 17-15. HBU scored the opening point as Miller and Vega fell to Taylor Livoti and Tiffany Thomas 21-12, 21-8 prior to the Privateers’ win in No. 5 action. From there, Kayla Armer and Victoria Hinojosa swept Veronia Corcoran and Kuhn (21-14, 21-11) as did Aeriel Horton and Jessica Wooten over Victoria Corcoran and Sander (21-18, 21-8) as well as Bailey Banks and Melissa Fuchs over Frank and Uline (21-17, 23-21).
New Orleans continues play in the Third Coast Classic on Saturday as the Privateers take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and ULM at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. From there, UNO will return to action on Friday, March 31 when it heads to Miami, Fla., to take part in the Fifth Annual Surf & Turf Invitational. In the prestigious event, the Privateers will face Florida International, Florida Atlantic and UCLA in day one before squaring off against Arizona State, Tulane and Florida State on April 1.
HOUSTON BAPTIST HUSKIES (6-5) DEFEAT NEW ORLEANS PRIVATEERS (3-6) – 4-1
No. 1: Aeriel Horton/Jessica Wootern (HBU) def. Victoria Corcoran/Cara Sander (UNO) – 21-18, 21-8
No. 2: Kayla Amber/Victoria Hinojosa (HBU) def. Veronica Corcoran/Rachel Kuhn (UNO) – 21-14, 21-11
No. 3: Bailey Banks/Melissa Fuchs (HBU) def. Brook Frank/Samantha Uline (UNO) – 21-17, 23-21
No. 4: Taylor Livoti/Tiffany Thomas (HBU) def. Madison Miller/Brianna Vega (UNO) – 21-12, 21-18
No. 5: Lauren Levy/Rhyan Rand (UNO) def. Morgan McDaniel/Danielle Wheeler (HBU) – 16-21, 21-18, 17-15
NEW ORLEANS PRIVATEERS (4-6) DEFEAT TEXAS A&M-KINGSVILLE (4-6) – 3-2
No. 1: Kyra Henderson/Lexi Wick (TAMK) def. Victoria Corcoran/Cara Sander (UNO) – 21-19, 21-16
No. 2: Veronica Corcoran/Rachel Kuhn (UNO) def. Gabby Atchley/Kelby Sprinkles (TAMK) – 21-12, 21-13
No. 3: Brook Frank/Samantha Uline (UNO) def. Kat Evans/Kadi Shipman (TAMK) – 21-18, 19-21, 15-10
No. 4: Madison Miller/Brianna Vega (UNO) def. Madison Brabham/Morgan Broussard (TAMK) – 16-21, 21-18, 15-9
No. 5: Haley Hutchinson/Maelee Sowa (TAMK) def. Lauren Levy/Rhyan Rand (UNO) – Scores