September 29, 2009

ISLANDERS OPEN HOME SCHEDULE AGAINST UTPA

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball team will open its home schedule on Tuesday evening against Texas-Pan American. Match time is set for 6 PM on campus at the Moody Fieldhouse.

The Islanders come into the match with a record of 6-10 on the season with a 0-2 record in Southland Conference play. The Islanders opened the Southland slate against defending champion Texas State this past Thursday with a 3-1 loss. The Islanders traveled to UT Arlington on Saturday, losing a heartbreaker in five sets by a 3-2 score.

"We were pretty competitive over the weekend and had some chances to take the UT Arlington match but couldn't get it done," said head coach Tony Graystone. "We have a little bit more to go, make some more improvements."

TAMUCC comes into the match led by Emma Ridley. Ridley has totaled 230 kills so far this season to pace the team as well as adding 118 digs on the year for second place in that category. Courtney Wypisznyski is now in tenth place for assists in the single-season record book with 520. That total leads the team as well as being tied for third on the team with 95 digs.

"Their response on Saturday was pretty good, the feeling I got in the locker room was a lot better than it has been the past few weeks," said Graystone. "They are more aware that they are getting closer and closer to winning some matches.

"Even though they fell short, they are more confident than they were."

The Islanders face the Broncs of UTPA for the second time this season, having won the first match up in dramatic fashion, coming back from 2-1 down on the Broncs home court to take a 3-2 victory on September 1 in Edinburg.

Graystone knows that UTPA will be looking for revenge from the earlier loss and expects his players to be able to rise to the challenge in their first home match.

"I'm really looking forward to the match," said Graystone. "We got hot right at the end of the first match and kind of stole the match from them at the end.

"The second time around we have to play better from start to finish and not let them do the same things they did to us last time."

Following the Tuesday match, the Islanders are back in action at Moody Fieldhouse on Saturday against Southland rival UTSA. Match time is set for 4 PM.

"Saturday should be a fun one," said Graystone. "They are our closest conference rival and our first conference match at home."