Houston - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball team was able to avoid the problems they faced on Friday, taking a 3-0 (25-12, 25-23, 25-18) win against Houston Baptist on Saturday in the Islanders final match of the HBU Husky Classic. The win puts the Islanders at 5-6 on the season.
On Friday, TAMUCC won the first set in both of its matches but went on to lose the next three sets. On Saturday, the Islanders won the first set in convincing fashion but were down by six points with the Huskies on the verge of match point at 23-17. They proceeded to shut down the HBU attack and score eight-straight points to complete the comeback and win the set.
"That was big, that is the kind of stuff we need to show as a team, especially when we are on the road" said head coach Tony Graystone. "We were able to come back and steal one in another team's gym and then the momentum carried through into the third set."
The Islanders dominated the first set, going up by as many as 14 points at 21-7 before finishing the set with a 25-12 win on a Courtney Wypisznyski service ace to take an early 1-0 lead. Jessica Korda highlighted the set with a team-high four kills.
In the second set, the Islanders made their comeback while down 23-17. They score eight consecutive points to take the set by a 25-23 score and go up 2-1 in the match. Ariel Carlson and Wypisznyski played a big part in the comeback. After Jessica Korda scored the first point, Carlson and Wypisznyski teamed on three blocks while Carlson added a kill as well. Victoria Sookiasian hit a service ace to tie the match and Emma Ridley ended the set at 25-23 with a kill to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead.
"This match could have had a completely different outcome if we wouldn't have made that run and fought to get back into it," said Graystone. "It is important as a team to learn how to do those types of things and know that we aren't out of it until it gets to 25.
"We got down big but were able to come back. I am proud of them."
The final set was back-and-forth as the two teams traded points several times. There were 12 ties and seven lead changes. The Islanders took the lead for good after the score was tied at 16-16 as they outscored the Huskies 9-2 to take a 25-18 final and the match by a 3-0 score. Sookiasian ended the match with another service ace to give the team its second 3-0 victory of the season to go with their win against Texas Southern. The Islanders last won multiple 3-0 matches in 2007 when they had four such victories.
Ridley led all players in the match in both kills and digs with eight kills and 11 digs. She was followed closely in kills by Korda with seven. Wypisznyski had 21 assists to lead the team.
"We are clearly a better team than we were a couple of weeks ago," said Graystone. "There is a ton of work to do and we have a long way to go, but we are making steps and that is all we can ask for.
"Hopefully when we get into conference play in a couple of weeks, we will look even better."
The Islanders compete next weekend in the SFA Ladyjack Invitational against Stephen F. Austin, Miami (Ohio) and Alcorn State before finally starting the Southland slate. The first conference match will be on the road against Texas State on Thursday, September 24 in San Marcos.