ISLANDERS SWEPT BY NICHOLLS STATE ON SENIOR DAY
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball team lost a Southland Conference match against the Nicholls State Colonels by a score of 3-0(25-19, 27-25, 25-21) at Moody Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.
The Islanders fall to 4-20 on the year, 2-12 in SLC play. The Colonels improved to 9-15, 6-8 SLC.
The match was the final home contest for seniors Lauren Paslay, Kasey McBrearty and Amber Benjamin.
In the first set, back-to-back kills by Jessica Korda gave the Islanders a 12-6 advantage early on. The Colonels scored 6-of-7 points to pull almost even, with the Islanders holding a slim 13-12 lead.
The Colonels squared the match at 18-18 on an Islander attack error before scoring three-straight points to take a 21-18 advantage.
The Islanders were only able to score once more in the set, as the Colonels closed it out on an Islander attack error to win the first set 25-19.
In the second set, the Islanders once again jumped out to an early lead, taking a 17-12 advantage midway through the match.
After the Islanders extended the lead to 19-12, Nicholls State called a timeout. After the timeout, the Colonels scored 9-of-10 points to take a 21-20 advantage late in the set.
The two teams traded points to a stalemate at 25-25 before the Colonels got back-to-back kills from Chelsey Adams to take the set 27-25.
"I don't feel like we played to out potential." said Head Coach Kimberly Martinez. "It was disappointing that we were not able to hold the lead in the face of adversity."
In the third and final set, the Colonels struck first while the Islanders kept the set close, tying the score at 9-9 early on.
The Colonels scored four-straight points to take a 13-9 lead they would not relinquish the rest of the way.
The Islanders were able to pull to within two at 18-16, but could never get any closer. The Colonels outscored the Islanders 7-to-5 the rest of the way to take the final set 25-21 and win the match 3-0.
The Islanders were led offensively by the freshman Korda with 11 kills.
"I thought Korda played very well." said Martinez. "As a freshman, she responded well to a lot of pressure."
The next three kill leaders were the three seniors, Paslay with nine kills, McBrearty with eight kills and Benjamin with seven kills.
Molly McCabe led the Islanders with 34 assists while Paslay led the Islanders in digs as well with 13.
The Islanders finish the season on the road this next week against UT Arlington on Friday night at 7 p.m.
The season-finale has the Islanders traveling to take on Texas State next Saturday, November 15 at 7 p.m.