ISLANDERS CONCLUDE MISSISSIPPI STATE MAROON CLASSIC, RIDLEY NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT
Starkville, Miss. - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi volleyball team had a rough match to conclude play at the Mississippi State Maroon Classic, losing 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-17) against Austin Peay.
The loss drops the Islanders to 1-3 on the season while the Lady Govs move to 3-1 on the year. The Islanders picked up their lone victory by a 3-2 score over UALR in the second match on Friday evening.
Emma Ridley finished with 11 kills in the match and recorded double-digit kills in each of the four contests at the tournament. For her play, she was named to the all-tournament team.
"Emma played very well this weekend," said head coach Tony Graystone. "Everybody had moments, but collectively we have to get better.
"I think we will make some rapid improvements after getting back to work this week."
In the first set, the two teams played to a 5-5 tie before the Lady Govs went on a 8-to-2 run to take a 13-7 advantage. Austin Peay would hold the lead the rest of the way as the Islanders were unable to get any closer than two points at 24-22. Ridley paced the Islanders with five kills in the set with Brooke Alverson adding three.
In the second set, the Islanders were never able to gain traction, falling behind by a 20-10 score before the Lady Govs finished the set with a 25-12 final.
Set three started very similar as the Islanders trailed 24-12 before reeling off five-straight points on Austin Peay errors before they were able to close out the match with a 25-17 final.
Ridley led the team offensively with 11 kills, her fourth double-digit kills match in as many opportunities this season. Alverson and Amanda Lowe were second on the team with four kills each. Ridley also led the team defensively with 14 digs for her first double-double of the year. Micah Nolan was second with 10 on the night. Logen Bourque led all Islanders in assists with 17.
With so many freshmen on the team, the team did a good job of staying fresh throughout the two day tournament.
"We handled it pretty well," said Graystone. "Toward the end of the weekend we started to fatigue, but the girls we put in there to replace them did a good job.
"We did a little better than I thought we would this first weekend."
The Islanders will be in action again next weekend when they take part in the Northern Arizona Fiesta Bowl Tournament. It will be will be played in Flagstaff, Ariz., and will be hosted by Northern Arizona.