Arlington - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball team lost a heartbreaker of a match on Saturday afternoon against UT Arlington in a Southland Conference road contest.
The Islanders went to five sets with the mavericks before losing 3-2 (25-23, 17-25, 19-25, 25-17, 15-11) to fall to 0-2 in Southland Conference matches and move to 6-10 overall on the season.
"It was a tough loss today but if we keep doing what we are doing we will get wins," said head coach Tony Graystone. "I'm disappointed with the loss but happy with the effort."
In the first set, the Islanders were on the brink before the Lady Mavs came back to take a 25-23 win. After a close set early on and the score tied at 15-15, TAMUCC scored four-straight points to go up 19-15. The Lady Mavs came back to tie it at 22-22 followed by the teams trading points to 23-23 but UTA scored the final points of the set to take the 25-23 win and go up 1-0.
The second set saw the Islanders take control early on and continue the momentum to a 25-17 victory to even the match at 1-1. After scoring the first three points of the match, TAMUCC stretched their lead throughout the set, never trailing while leading by as many as nine points at 21-12. Pacing the Islanders in the set was Jessica Korda with six kills while Courtney Wypisznyski tallied 14 assists.
TAMUCC came out firing once again in the following set, taking control after a very early 2-2 score as they went on to a 25-19 win. They took as much as an eight-point advantage at 18-10 before a late rally by the Lady Mavs fell short to give TAMUCC a 2-1 lead. Emma Ridley added six kills while Kandyce Nielson had eight digs to lead the team.
UTA avoided elimination and evened the match at 2-2 with a 25-17 victory in set four to force a deciding fifth set.
In set five, fell behind 3-0 before coming back to tie the score at 4-4. They were never able to get ahead as UTA regained the lead with the next point. They would get as close as 12-11 before the Lady Mavs went on to score the final three points to take the 15-11 decision and a 3-2 match win.
For the match, the Islanders were led in scoring by Ridley with a career-high 26 kills and 12 digs to give her a fifth double-double of the season. Korda also added 20 kills while Shannon Hullum had six, Ariel Carlson and Meagan Luber each had four and Sheridan Paulus had one.
Wypisznyski and Nielson also set new career-highs, Wypisznyski had 55 assists while Nielson set hers with 21 digs. In addition to Nielson and Ridley, two other Islanders reached double-digits in digs as Tamara Wostal and Whitney Wehring had 14 apiece. Carlson added five block assists on the day while Wypisznyski had four, Luber had three, Korda had two and Hullum and Ridley had one each.
The Islanders return to the court this coming Tuesday as they host their first home match of the season against Texas-Pan American. Match time is set for 6 PM and will be held in the Moody Fieldhouse on campus at TAMUCC.
"UTPA will remember the match from a couple of weeks ago, it was a big five set win and they will look to do the same to us on our court," said Graystone. "We have to get home, recover and get ready for Tuesday."