The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball team will look to bounce back from a tough loss as they face the Lamar Cardinals on Saturday for a 4 PM Southland Conference match in Moody Fieldhouse.
On Thursday night, the Islanders lost in five sets to Sam Houston State in front of a capacity crowd on hand for the teams' annual "Dig Pink" night to go to 7-12 on the year and 0-4 in Southland matches.
"The crowd on Thursday night was amazing," said head coach Tony Graystone. "They did their part to give us an advantage and did a really good job."
Looking to build on the effort against the Bearkats, TAMUCC will be facing another tough conference opponent in Lamar. The Cardinals come into the match with an 8-8 record overall and a 3-2 mark in the Southland Conference.
"Hopefully we'll respond well, we played tough on Thursday and showed a lot of fight," said Graystone. "That's something we really wanted to see out of them, they got down big and came back to make it a match with an opportunity to win it against the team in first place in our division."
Emma Ridley is coming off of a career-high 27 kills that tied the school record for kills in a single match. It was originally set by Jordan Wagner against Texas-Pan American during the 2007 season. Ridley matched the mark Thursday while bringing her season total to 287, good enough for ninth place in the all-time single season record books. Her total puts her just one behind former Islander and current student coach Lauren Paslay for eighth all time on the list at 288.
Freshman Courtney Wypisznyski has also impressed, leading the team in service aces with 22 and in assists with 615. The assists total puts her in ninth place in the single-season record book. In addition to those totals, she is one of four Islanders with over 100 digs on the year. Ridley leads the team with 139, Tamara Wostal is second with 120, Jessica Jennett is next with 107 and Wypisznyski rounds out the group with 106 on the season.
Both teams are coming off of tough five-set losses as Lamar lost 3-2 to UTSA on the road in San Antonio. The Islanders hope to take advantage of the home court advantage to get their first conference win of the season.
"We have to take advantage of these home matches," said Graystone. "This homestand is coming to an end awfully quick so we need to win some matches at home while we have the chance.
"We know going in that on any given night we can hold our own and play well enough to give ourselves a chance to win, we just have to do that again on Saturday."
Fans unable to attend the match can follow all the action by watching live streaming video or following live stats on www.GoIslanders.com