Volleyball picks up matinee win over Prairie View A&M in final pre-conference match

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team got back in the win column on Tuesday afternoon with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-23, 25-19) win over the Prairie View A&M Panthers at the Dugan Wellness Center.

The Islanders improved to 6-7 on the year ahead of their Southland Conference opener against Texas State on Friday night. The Panthers fell to 2-12 on the season with the loss.

Emma Ridley led all players with 12 kills in the match. Isabella Arcidiacono was second on the team with eight kills, while Shannon Hullum and Brooke Alverson added five each for the Islanders.

"I was pretty happy with the whole thing," said head coach Tony Graystone. "Prairie View did exactly what we thought they would and there were no surprises.

"It was a good, clean match and it was good to see Emma looking like herself again."

Early on, the Islanders looked like they were going to run away with the match as they took a 25-12 win in the opening set. Ridley and Alverson tied for the lead in kills with three each as the Islanders built the lead to as many as 14 before taking the set over the Panthers.

In set two, the Islanders persevered as they took a 25-23 win to go up 2-0 in the match. PVAM made it close behind five kills from Sharonda Marshall and four kills from Cheri Lindsay in the set. There were a total of eight ties and two lead changes in the set as the teams played a back-and-forth set that came down to the end. The last tied score came at 22-22 off of a Jasmine Houston kill. Prairie View hit a service error to give the Islanders the lead at 23-22 and Ridley scored two of the last three points to give the Islanders the win.

In set three, the Islanders were unable to pull away but did distance themselves from the Panthers late in the set to pick up the win. Up just three points at 19-16, A&M - Corpus Christi scored six-of-nine points to take the set. A kill by Ridley made it 23-18 and a kill by Sarah Sanchez ended the match at 25-19.

Micah Nolan led the team with 12 digs in the match while Ridley also added double-digit digs with 10. Logen Bourque recorded 30 assists to lead the team, while Alverson led the team in blocking with two block solos and three block assists.

Next up for the Islanders is Texas State on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Dugan Wellness Center. They will follow that up with a 1:00 p.m. match Saturday against UT Arlington.

"We really need to get ourselves playing as well as we can," said Graystone. "We have to compete hard because we know Texas State is good, we have a lot of respect for them.

"We just have to do everything we can to be competitive and get a win."

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