October 16, 2008

ISLANDER VOLLEYBALL FALLS IN THREE SETS AT SFA

Nacogdoches, Texas - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-19) to Stephen F. Austin in a Southland Conference road game.

The Islanders fall to 3-13 on the year, with a 1-5 record in SLC matches. SFA improves to 15-3 on the year and 6-0 in SLC action.

In the first set, the Islanders scored first on a service ace by Jessica Jennett to open the match. A kill by SFA would then tie the set at 1-1 and an attack error by TAMUCC would give the Lady Jacks a 2-1 lead.

A kill by Holly Watson tied the match at 2-2, but would mark the last time the set was tied as SFA mounted a strong attack, scoring 15 of the next 19 points to take a 17-6 lead.

A Kasey McBrearty kill put the Islanders back within 10 at 17-7 but the Islanders would not be able to mount a comeback. SFA outscored the Islanders 8-to-3 over the final points of the match to take a 25-10 set win, capped off by a kill from Arielle Daron to give the Lady Jacks a 1-0 set lead.

In the second set, the Islanders came out strong, keeping the score even early and taking a 7-6 lead on a Lauren Paslay kill. After an SFA kill, McBrearty once again put the Islanders ahead on a kill to put the score at 8-7.

The Lady Jacks would score the next three points to take a 10-8 lead over the Islanders before committing a service error to put the score at 10-8. After trading points to 11-9, the Lady Jacks scored four straight times to put the advantage at 15-9.

The two teams split the next four points to put the set at 17-11 before SFA reeled off five straight points to open their largest margin in the set at 22-11. A Holly Watson kill got the Islanders back within 10 at 22-12, but they were not able to mount a comeback as the two teams traded the next five points. Kelsey Owens hit a service ace to finish the scoring at 25-14 to give the Lady Jacks a 2-0 set lead.

In the third and final set, the Islander kept fighting, going point-for-point with SFA early on. After falling behind 10-9, a Jessica Korda block once again tied the score at 10-10.

SFA scored the next two points, but the Islanders would not be deterred, getting a kill from Korda and an attack error from SFA to once again tie the score at 12-12.

The Islanders then took the lead at 13-12 on a Paslay kill. After a service error knotted the score once again, Korda provided another kill to give the Islanders the advantage at 14-13.

After reaching a 15-15 tie, the Islanders fell behind 16-15 before a setting error knotted up the score at 16-16.

The Lady Jacks reeled off the next three points to take a 19-16 advantage, forcing the Islanders to take a timeout. After the break in action, the Islanders forced two straight SFA errors to pull within 19-18.

TAMUCC was unable to get the score back level however, as consecutive points by the Lady Jacks put the score at 21-18.

A kill by Korda pulled the Islanders to within 21-19, but the Islanders were unable to score again. SFA scored four straight points to close out the set 25-19 and the match at 3-0.

The Islanders were led offensively by Korda, who had eight kills on the night, along with McBrearty who registered five kills as the second leading scorer for TAMUCC.

Jennett recorded her second consecutive match with double-digit assists, handing out 16 on the night.

Lauren Railey of SFA led all hitters on the night, tallying nine kills in the match. Whitney Schott had a match-high 32 assists for the Lady Jacks and while Railey also had a match-high 16 digs for SFA.

The Islanders are back in action this Saturday afternoon as they host McNeese State on the TAMUCC campus at Moody Fieldhouse. Match time is set for 2 p.m. and will be followed by the Islander men's and women's basketball programs hosting the Islander Invasion, the annual season preview of the teams.