October 17, 2009

ISLANDER VOLLEYBALL LOSES ROAD MATCH AT MCNEESE

Lake Charles, La. - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball team lost in straight sets 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-14) to McNeese State in a Southland Conference match on the road.

The loss brings the Islanders record to 7-15 on the season while they drop to 0-7 in Southland matches. The win gives the Cowgirls a 15-6 record overall and moves them to 3-4 in Southland Conference action.

The first set saw the Islanders fall behind 4-0 before working back to a 6-5 score behind an Emma Ridley kill and a Courtney Wypiszynski service ace, her team-leading 25th of the season. McNeese then stretched the lead again, going up by as many as eight points at 16-8. TAMUCC was able to rally this time, getting only with four points at 17-13. McNeese finished off the set with an 8-4 run to put the final at 25-17 for the set and go up 1-0 in the match.

The Islanders scored first in the second set and tied the match at 6-6 before McNeese went on to score 10 of the next 13 points to take a 16-9 lead. The team would close the gap to five at 18-13 but could not sustain the comeback and lost the set by a final of 25-18.

After the intermission for the two teams, the Cowgirls came out swinging. With the set even at 6-6, McNeese proceeded to scored 13 of the next 16 points, including seven-in-a-row, going from a 13-9 lead to a 20-9 advantage. The Islanders matched points with McNeese the rest of the way but could get no closer than 11 as the score was 5-5 over the final 10 points to give the Cowgirls a 25-14 set win and a 3-0 match victory.

Ridley led the Islanders with seven kills as no player reached double-digit kills in a match for just the third time this season. Jessica Korda came in second with six kills, Ariel Carlson added five, Meagan Luber had four while Wypiszynski and Shannon Hullum each recorded one. Jessica Jennett led the team with 11 digs while Wypiszynski had 20 assists to pace the Islanders.

TAMUCC gets to come back home this week as they host a pair of Southland matches on their brand new home court at the new Dugan Wellness Center. The first ever match in the building will feature the Islanders and the top team in the conference, Central Arkansas on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 PM. On Saturday, Oct. 24, they will host Northwestern State in a 4 PM match. The team will be looking to get its first win on the new court as well as the first conference win of the season.

"We just have to go back to work this week and keep doing it until we get a win," said head coach Tony Graystone. "There is no real secret to it, we just have to work to get better."