The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball team lost 3-0(25-19, 25-20, 30-28) in a hard fought match against Southland Conference opponent Lamar Friday night at Moody Fieldhouse.
The Islanders fall to 3-17 on the season, 1-9 in SLC action. The Cardinals of Lamar improved to 11-8 and 9-1 in SLC play.
In a night that saw Islander senior Lauren Paslay inch closer to becoming the only player in Islander history with 800 kills and 500 digs, Paslay led the Islanders in a tough match against the first place team in the SLC.
Paslay now sits at 874 kills and 485 digs, already having the designation as being the only player with the 800/400 combination, she is getting closer to setting even higher heights in the TAMUCC record books.
"Lauren really stepped up her game." said Head Coach Kimberly Martniez. "She carried us as far as she could tonight."
In the first set, the Islanders kept it close but were never able to take control of the action. After the Islanders scored the first two points of the match, the Cardinals were able to come back and tie the set at 6-6.
The Cardinals slowly pulled away, stretching their lead to as many as five at 23-18 while trading points with the Islanders.
The set finished on a Kacie Brewer kill for the Cardinals, giving Lamar a 25-19 set victory and a 1-0 lead in the match.
In the second set, the Islanders kept battling and matching the Cardinals intensity throughout the set.
After Lamar took and early 2-0 lead, back-to-back kills by Jessica Korda and Amber Benjamin knotted the match at 2-2.
When the Cardinals took the lead at 3-2, another Benjamin kill tied the set at 3-3. The two teams went back-and-forth throughout the set, never gaining any significant distance from each other until the very end.
The two teams battled to an 18-18 stalemate before back-to-back kills by Cardinal Genevieve Gladle gave the Cardinals a 20-18 advantage. The Islanders followed with back-to-back attack errors to stretch the Cardinal lead to 22-18.
A Paslay kill stemmed the tide, but could not stop the Cardinals, as they scored three-of-five points to take the set at 25-20.
In the third and final set, the two teams went back-and-forth, taking the normal 25 point game into overtime before finally settling at a 30-28 win for the Cardinals.
"We showed glimpses out there tonight." said coach Martinez. "We fought hard that third set, I was proud of them."
The Islanders took the early advantage, jumping out to a 12-9 lead behind kills from Banjamin, Kasey McBrearty, a pair from Paslay and one from Korda.
The two teams tied the match at 18-18 before setting off the fireworks. The two teams battled to 21-21 before Lamar called a timeout.
After coming out of the timeout, the Islanders quickly scored two points on back-to-back Korda Kills to take a 23-21 lead.
The Cardinals scored the next three points to take back the lead at 24-23. A kill by Korda and an attack error by the Cardinals gave the Islanders the lead once again at 25-24 and gave them match point.
They were unable to capitalize and Lamar quickly stole the momentum, taking a 26-25 lead and sitting at match point. A kill by McBrearty tied the set at 26-26.
After the Cardinals once again took the set to match point, a kill by Paslay once again knotted the score, this time at 27-27.
An Islander service error and a Paslay kill moved the points to 28-28, the Cardinals put the match away after another Islander service error and a Courtney Trevino kill finished the set at 30-28.
Leading the Islanders on the night, Paslay finished with 14 kills while Korda totaled 12 kills.
"Paslay stepped up and Korda took some big swings at key moments for us." said coach Martinez. "It was promising to see that from a freshman."
Molly McCabe had 36 assists to lead the Islanders while also contributing 10 kills.
"Molly did a much better job combining offense and defense tonight." said coach Martinez. "She made better choices and picked up quite a few digs out there."
The Islanders are back in action this Saturday, November 1 at Moody Fieldhouse as they take on Sam Houston State in another SLC matchup. Match time is set for 4 p.m.