Houston - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball team completed the first day of the HBU Husky Classic with a record of 0-2 on the day. The Islanders are now 4-6 on the season.
In the first match of the day, TAMUCC got out to a fast start but faded as it lost a 3-1 (18-25, 25-16, 26-22, 25-19) decision to Penn in the opening match up of the tournament.
In the first set, the Islanders and the Quakers were evenly matched in the early going, playing to a 17-17 tie until an Ariel Carlson kill gave TAMUCC the lead at 18-17. They outscored the Quakers 8-1 to end the match behind three Emma Ridley kills, a block by Meagan Luber and attack errors on Penn. The final score was 25-18 to give the Islanders an early 1-0 lead.
Following the first set, the two teams played to a 10-10 tie in set two before Penn went on a 10-4 run to take a commanding 20-14 lead. The Islanders were unable to get any closer as they fell by a 25-16 final to even the match at 1-1. Shannon Hullum collected a team-high five kills in the set.
Set three was much closer as the two teams battled closely. The largest lead of the set was seven points with the final margin being just three points at 25-22. The final set was tied as late as 16-16 before the Quakers went on a 9-3 run to take the final set 25-19 and the match 3-1.
Ridley finished with a double-double, hitting a team-high 16 kills along with 15 digs. Ridley was followed closely by Hullum with a career-high 14 kills. Courtney Wypisznyski led the team with 37 assists and Tamara Wostal led the Islanders with 19 digs.
"We have to be better about sustaining our momentum and making adjustments when we get ahead in the match and the other team makes adjustments," said head coach Tony Graystone. "When they push, we have to push back and today we weren't able to sustain that for an entire match."
The second match of the day mirrored the first, as the Islanders started out strong, taking the first set before falling by a final of 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-23) to Cal State-Bakersfield.
The Islanders fell behind by as many as five at 16-11 before rallying to tie it at 19-19 behind a pair of kills by Carlson and kills by Luber, Wypisznyski, Hullum and a service ace by Victoria Sookiasian.
From that point on, TAMUCC outscored the Roadrunners 6-3, taking set one by a 25-22 final to go up 1-0 in the match.
In the second set, the Islanders fell behind early and were not able to make up the ground as they lost a 25-17 final to even the match at 1-1. Set three saw the Roadrunners take a 25-15 win to go up 2-1.
In the third set, the two teams traded points early with TAMUCC taking a 15-11 advantage halfway through the set. Cal State started chipping away at the lead, trailing 18-16 before scoring five consecutive points to take a 21-18 lead. The Islanders fought till the end but were unable to overcome the deficit to drop a 25-22 decision as the Roadrunners took the match by a 3-1 final.
Ridley had a second double-double as she led the team once again with 18 kills while adding 11 digs. Carlson added eight as the second-leading scorer. Wypisznyski added 35 assists while Wostal led the team with 15 digs.
In the fourth set, the Islanders took the early lead with the Roadrunners coming back to take a 25-22 win to close out the match at 3-1.
The Islanders close out the Husky Classic against host team Houston Baptist on Saturday at 12:30 PM. They will be looking to finish the week on a high note with a win against the Huskies.
"We just have to put today behind us," said Graystone. "We have to come back tomorrow, get a win and go on from there."