The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball team held its first full day together in preparation of the 2009 season on Monday, practicing in the morning and the evening while getting acquainted with its new home court.
New head coach Tony Graystone welcomed a mix of nine returnees and five newcomers to the Island. Graystone was hired in February to build the program to a new levels of success at TAMUCC. With him holding such a high personal standard, the Islanders got just what they were looking for in the new head coach. Graystone brings with him a very successful record of 315-61, making him one of just four coaches under the age of 40 with 300 career wins. He also has the distinction of being the fastest coach to ever reach 100 career wins, doing so in 106 matches.
All of the new faces came together for the first time at their new home court on Monday evening. The Dugan Wellness Center was completed in January and will serve as home court for all Islander volleyball matches on campus. It is a state-of-the-art wellness center that will give the Islanders advantages they have never before enjoyed with conditioning and playing facilities.
The Islanders continue practice all week ahead of the start of the semester before traveling to El Paso to take part in the Sun Bowl Invitational held on the campus of UTEP during the opening weekend of the season. The first match of the season will come on August 28 against Norfolk State.