ISLANDER VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN SLC OPENER

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball team fought hard but came up short against the visiting Texas State Bobcats by a score of 3-0(25-10, 25-19, 25-21) on Friday night at Moody Fieldhouse.

The Islanders now fall to 2-9 on the season and 0-1 in Southland Conference action, as the match was the SLC opener for both teams. The Bobcats improve to 8-10 on the year and 1-0 in SLC play.

The Islanders scored the first point of the opening set on a Beth Fionda kill, but were quickly overcome by the Bobcat attack. The last tie of the first set was at 2-2 before Texas State scored the next three points to make it 5-2.

The deficit grew to 11-5 and then all the way to 20-8. The Islanders were unable to mount a comeback in the first set, scoring just two more points on a Lauren Paslay kill and a service error while the Bobcats were able to score five to finish the set at 25-10.

Although the Islanders started out slow, they were not going to go without a fight.

"We started off slow," said Islander head coach Kimberly Martinez, "but I was happy with how hard we fought after the first set."

In the second set, neither the Islanders nor Bobcats led by more than four points until the very end while there were six ties in the set.

The Bobcats struck first but Kasey McBrearty quickly answered back to make it 1-1. Texas State stretched it to 3-1 but consecutive kills be Fionda and Whitney Wehring tied the score once again.

The two teams went back and forth with neither team leading by more than two points all the way to 13-13.

A service ace gave Texas State the lead but a kill by Jessica Korda quickly tied the set once again at 14-14.

That would be the last tie of the set however, as the Bobcats scored six of the next eight points to take their biggest lead at 20-16. The Islanders were not able to make up any more ground and ended up falling by a score of 25-19.

The third set of the match was the most exciting of the night, as the Islanders and Bobcats wrestled back and forth, with a combined total of 16 lead changes between the teams.

The Bobcats scored first but were matched by a Fionda kill. Texas State made it 2-1 and was once again answered at 2-2.

The teams were tied a total of 16 times throughout the set. One team would score and the next team would match the point right back.

The Islander would take the lead at 21-20 on a Korda kill but were unable to finish off the match.

Texas State called a timeout and proceeded to score five straight points to win the set at 25-21 and close out the match at 3-0.

"I'm proud of the way the girls pushed through to the end of the match." said Martinez "Texas State is a solid team and we played tough in games two and three."

Fionda and Paslay led the Islanders with nine kills each on the night. McBrearty recorded six and Korda had five. Molly McCabe had 24 assists in the match while Kandyce Nielson recorded five digs to lead the team.

The Islanders take on UT Arlington Saturday afternoon with a start time of 4 p.m. at Moody Fieldhouse. It will be the second SLC match for each team.

"We are looking forward to UT Arlington." said coach Martinez "They are a young dynamic team and we will have to make sure and limit our unforced errors."