The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball team opens its 2008 home schedule this weekend as it hosts the Islander Holiday Inn-Emerald Beach Invitational, playing host to Texas Southern, Arkansas-Little Rock and Colorado at Moody Fieldhouse on the Islander campus.
UALR and Colorado come into the tournament with 3-0 records while both the Islanders and TSU had rough opening weekends with both sitting at 0-3 on the year.
Islanders head coach Kimberly Martinez expects to build on some positives from the first weekend where freshman Whitney Wehring led the team in digs throughout the weekend while senior Lauren Paslay led the team in kills. Paslay was named to the All-Tournament team at the Lady Govs Classic hosted by Austin Peay.
"The players are anxious to have that home-court advantage and are looking forward to the support of the home fans this weekend." said Martinez. "It will be a tough tournament but it is necessary to prepare us for conference play."
Tournament play begins on Friday afternoon with Colorado facing off against UALR at 4:30 p.m. The nightcap features the Islanders taking on TSU at 7 p.m.
"Texas Southern is a very athletic team that we cannot afford to take for granted." said Martinez.
The second day of action features four games with Colorado and TSU playing at 10 a.m. while UALR and TSU play at 4:30 p.m.
The Islanders two matches of the day are against UALR at 12:30 p.m. and against Colorado at 7 p.m., the last game of the tournament.
"UALR has several go-to players and they really spread their offense well." said Martinez. "You are not able to key in on one player as they are a high efficiency hitting team."
When asked about the final opponent of the tournament, Colorado, Martinez had high praise for them as well.
"Colorado is a very similar team to UALR in distributing their sets, and they have very low errors offensively," she said. "They also have several big players that attack at a pretty high point of contact. We have a young team and we are excited to see how they will play in front of the home crowd."