July 28, 2008

TRIO SIGNS TO PLAY VOLLEYBALL WITH ISLANDERS

A pair of recent high school graduates and a junior college transfer will continue their volleyball careers at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi beginning this fall Islander head coach Kimberly Martinez has announced.

Joining the Islanders from the prep ranks will be Holly Watson a recent graduate of Flour Bluff High School and Jessica Korda from Munster High School in Indiana. The duo is joined by Lindsey Schindler who joins the Islanders after two seasons at San Jacinto College.

Watson, a 6-0 middle blocker and right side for the Hornets, helped lead her team to a 20-13 record as a senior and a 6-2 district mark. She posted 179 kills and 90 blocks to earn All-Metro and All-South Texas Defensive Player of the Year honors from the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. The Hornet captain, who was twice named all-district, was the team MVP as the team reached the area finals her senior season. Flour Bluff advanced to the regionals in both her junior and sophomore seasons. Off the court, Watkins was academic all-state as a senior and Academic All-District as a junior and senior.

"Holly brings size and versatility to the team," said Martinez. "She is capable of contributing as a middle, outside or right-side hitter."

Korda is a 5-10 outside hitter, who comes to the Island University from Munster (Ind.) High School. The outside hitter was a three-time all-conference selection and two-time all-area choice as the Mustangs went 33-3 her senior season. As a senior, Korda record 380 kills, 50 aces, 300 digs, and 80 total blocks earning team MVP honors. She posted 310 kills as a junior with 265 as a sophomore. Munster won conference crowns her final three seasons and a sectional title in 2006.

"Jessica is a dynamic outside hitter that will bring power and depth to the outside position," said the Islander mentor.

Schindler, an NJCAA Academic All-American, comes to the Islanders after two strong seasons with the Ravens. As a sophomore, Schindler's team won a conference title and placed sixth at the NJCAA. She was a force at the net earning first-team All-Region XIV honors. In the process, the 5-11 middle blocker/right side set multiple school records for blocks. She set a single-season mark with a 195 total blocks and had 14 blocks assists in a match against Galveston.

In high school, Schindler was all-state as a senior and twice named all-district at Hallettsville High School. A multi-sport athlete, who was all-state and all-district in basketball and volleyball, Schindler set Brahma career and single-season marks in blocks.

"Lindsey holds several blocking records at San Jacinto Junior College and will help us tremendously defensively," said Martinez.