October 13, 2009

ISLANDERS CLOSE OUT HOMESTAND WITH LOSS TO SFA

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball team lost the final match of its homestand by a 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18) final to Stephen F. Austin at the Moody Fieldhouse on Monday night.

The Islanders fall to 7-14 on the year and 0-6 in Southland Conference matches. The Ladyjacks improved to 15-9 overall and 4-2 in Southland play.

The match started off with the Islanders going down by a 6-0 margin in the first set. TAMUCC fell behind but kept fighting, getting to within 12-11 after an extended rally. They could not sustain the momentum throughout the set as they fell behind by as many as six points before falling 25-19 in the first set to go down 1-0 in the match.

"We played partial games but not complete games," said head coach Tony Graystone. "There were runs in each game that kind of sealed it for us."

In the second set, TAMUCC fell behind early and were unable to mount a comeback as they lost a 25-16 final to put the Ladyjacks up 2-0 in the match.

The third set was a back-and-forth affair as there were eight ties and one lead change throughout the period. The Islanders took the early lead but never put any distance between the two teams. The set was tied as late as 16-16 before the Ladyjacks went on a 9-3 run to close out the match.

"We're showing that we have the ability to compete and make things close with teams," said Graystone. "We need to get more consistent and manage the games better."

Emma Ridley led all Islanders with 11 kills on the night with Jessica Korda also in double-digits at 10 kills. Courtney Wypiszynski led the team with 25 assists while Jessica Jennett added 15 digs to pace the Islanders.

The team heads back onto the road for the first time in three weeks as they travel to Lake Charles, Louisiana to face the McNeese State Cowgirls in a Southland Conference match. Coach Graystone is hoping the time back on the road will help jump start the team in conference play.

"We are kind of looking forward to getting back on the road," said Graystone. "We have to try to go on the road and win in somebody else's gym this weekend.

"If we could steal a win I think it would do wonders for our confidence."