November 13, 2010

Volleyball closes out season with loss to Texas State

SAN MARCOS - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi lost a 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-19) match to Texas State in the final match of the year to end the 2010 season. A Nicholls 3-1 win over Northwestern State eliminated the Islanders from qualifying for the Southland Conference Tournament next week in Huntsville.

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi finishes the year at 12-18 overall and a 5-11 Southland record. The Bobcats finish the regular season with a 19-11 record and a 12-4 league mark.

Leading the way for the Islanders was Emma Ridley with 16 kills and 13 digs for a double-double. Micah Nolan was second on the team with 11 digs while Logen Bourque led in assists with 23 in the match.

With the first set at a 6-5 score in favor of Texas State, the Bobcats went on a 6-0 run to make it 12-5 and take control of the set. The margin grew to 10 points at 17-7 before the Islanders fought back into the set. After the score closed to 20-15, the Bobcats finished the set with a 5-2 run to take a 25-17 win.

The second set was tied as late as 11-11 when Brooke Alverson recorded a kill for Texas A&M - Corpus Christi. Texas State scored four-straight points to take a 15-11 lead and the score sat at 20-15 once again before another 5-2 run ended the set at 25-17 with the Islanders falling behind 2-0 in the match.

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi struggled out of the gate in the third set, falling behind 10-2 early on. Down 14-4, the Islanders made a run to get with 19-14 on the strength of kills from several players, including Ridley, Shannon Hullum, Alverson, Amanda Lowe and Sheridan Paulus. After closing the deficit to five, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi was outscored 6-5 over the final 11 points to lost a 25-19 set and the match 3-0.

The match closes out the careers of seniors Ridley and Jessica Jennett, who had four digs in the match. With the season complete, the Islanders improved their win total from nine a year ago to 12 this season. They also added three wins to their Southland total as head coach Tony Graystone continues to improve the team in his second year with the program. The Islanders featured nine freshmen playing significant amounts of time as they learned the system and settled into their individual roles.

Although the team came up just short of its initial goal, the improvement in the state of the program was significant and has Graystone looking to next year.

"I'm disappointed that we didn't make the conference tournament," said Graystone. "But I am happy with the progress we have made as a program and the continued improvement as a team."