September 15, 2012

Volleyball Looks to Keep Momentum Against Oral Roberts

The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Volleyball team picked up a huge victory on Thursday night, but another big test awaits them in the form of Oral Roberts, the newest team in the Southland Conference. The teams will square off in the Dugan Wellness Center at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The Islanders (8-4, 1-0 Southland) are coming off of a thrilling 3-2 victory over preseason favorite Central Arkansas, and will have to test its mettle against Oral Robert (4-8, 0-1 Southland), the team picked to finish second in the league at the start of the 2012 campaign.

For the 2012 season, fans coming to Dugan Wellness Center and who do not have a Texas A&M – Corpus Christi parking pass should park in the Bayside Parking Garage that can be accessed through the first campus entrance. A map can be found by clicking this link: Campus Map.

Despite some early season struggles, the Golden Eagles are a dangerous team that has played a tough schedule early on in the season. Sam Houston State took down ORU on Thursday, and the Golden Eagles played in the Mean Green Volleyball Classic last weekend, the same tournament as the Islanders. Texas A&M – Corpus Christi earned a 2-1 record at the tourney while ORU went 0-3 against the same three teams, North Texas, Hofstra and Eastern Michigan.

Tyger Holt had a breakout match for the Islanders on Thursday, picking up six kills on just eight attempts for a .750 hitting percentage while getting eight block assists and two block solos to lead her team to the win. Brooke Alverson also picked up eight block assists and six kills while having a block solo of her own. Micah Nolan also had her fifth match of the season with at least 20 digs, hitting the number on the nose to lead the team.

Just like the Islanders, ORU has now played all but one match on the road, but Texas A&M – Corpus Christi has the benefit of hosting Oral Roberts while the Eagles are playing their fifth straight on the road.

Tatum Fredeen had a team-high nine kills against SHSU for the Golden Eagles as they lost their sixth straight match on Thursday night. Sam Houston State won 3-0 to send ORU to an 0-1 start in league play. Laura Taylor had 22 assists to pace the team, while Bruna Silva led the Eagles with 16 digs.

Live stats and video will be available for the match by visiting www.GoIslanders.com.

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