ISLANDERS HOST SAM HOUSTON STATE IN "DIG PINK" MATCH

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball team will host its annual "Dig Pink" match on Thursday night as they take on the visiting Sam Houston State Bearkats.

The Islanders come into the match with a record of 7-11 on the season with a Southland Conference mark of 0-3. They will look to change that as they host the Bearkats, who come into the match with a record of 11-10 overall and a 3-1 Southland record.

The Islanders will come into the match led by Emma Ridley, who had a career-high 24 kills against Texas-Pan American last week in the teams 3-0 win over the Lady Broncs. The 24 kills set a new conference standard this season for kills in a three set match while also setting a new Islander record.

They will face a tough Sam Houston team that is coming off a wins over defending Southland Conference champion Texas State and UT Arlington last week.

There will also be various activities before the match to help benefit First Friday, a local organization that works with the Christus Spohn hospital system to spread awareness about breast cancer and also provides free mammograms to Coastal Bend women. All of the activities are in conjunction with the "Dig Pink" initiative by the Side-Out Foundation and NCAA member schools as an ongoing campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer and its early detection.

Islander volleyball, the athletic program and the Promotion of Sport class at the university have combined to make the event a huge success. They have been able to donate a considerable amount of money to First Friday, enough to be considered one of the charities major donors. This year will see the total donations surpass the $10,000 mark in just four years.

The team will also be wearing special pink jerseys for the event with the uniforms being auctioned off at a later date with a portion of the proceeds also going to the First Friday foundation. Pre-match events start at 5 PM and feature a moon bounce, cake walk, face painting, a dunk booth and other activities at the Moody Fieldhouse parking lot. All fans and students are encouraged to come out and take park in the festivities before cheering on the Islanders against the Bearkats at 7 PM.

Live audio and video of the match will be available through www.GoIslanders.com by clicking on the Blue Zone subscription area.