KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com Sports - Islanders Sports - Islanders en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:11:14 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 Isles Shock St. Louis 62-56 http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-shock-st-louis-62-56/ http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-shock-st-louis-62-56/ Sports - Islanders Sun, 23 Nov 2014 9:40:05 PM TAMUCC.COM Isles Shock St. Louis 62-56

ST. LOUIS - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team earned its signature win in the Willis Wilson era with a 62-56 victory over St. Louis on Sunday at Chaifetz Arena in the opening game of the Corpus Christi Coastal Challenge. John Jordan led a balanced scoring attack for the Islanders (2-1) with 13 points.

The Islanders outscored the Billikens 26-12 over the final 9:53 of the contest to turn an eight-point deficit into a six-point victory. The Billikens, who have advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament each of the last three years, fell to 2-1 on the season after the defeat.

In addition to Jordan's 13, Bryce Douvier, Brandon Pye and Rashawn Thomas each had 10 points, while Ehab Amin made a crucial second-half contribution with nine points in seven minutes. The freshman nailed two triples and finished off a three-point play on his three shots in the game. He also added two steals, while Jordan led the team with three takeaways.

Douvier finished one rebound shy of a double-double with nine boards, while Thomas added six - four of those coming in the final 2:15 of the contest. Jordan, Hameed Ali and Viktor Juricek each dished out three assists to lead the team. Ash Yacoubou led the Billikens with 13 points in the loss.

With the Islanders down 44-36 inside of 10 minutes left, Amin provided the spark that the Islanders needed. He started things with a traditional three-point play, converting a basket and hitting the free throw to cut the deficit to 44-39 with 9:34 left. The next Islanders possession, he drilled a three from the right wing to cut the deficit to four, and then inside baskets by Juricek and Thomas made it a 7-0 run and a tie ballgame. Then, after Yacoubou put the Billikens back up one, Amin came through again, knocking down another triple to put the Islanders ahead 49-48.

St. Louis came back to score four straight points for a 52-49 lead, but the Islanders put up another rally. Thomas started things with a layup inside, and then a Jordan steal led to a Pye three from the top of the key gave the Islanders a 54-52 edge. A Thomas defensive rebound sent him to the line, where he made two free throws to put the Islanders up four with a minute to play.

Thomas came through on the defensive glass once again, snaring the carom after a Yacoubou missed jumper, and then Jordan was fouled. His two free throws pushed the game to a six-point lead, and from then on the Islanders were able to close it out at the stripe. A&M-Corpus Christi, which did not attempt a free throw until the final 10 minutes, went 9-for-14 at the line in the contest.

The Islanders got off to a strong start in the contest. The teams traded baskets to a 2-2 score, but then A&M-Corpus Christi put together an 8-0 run with threes from Jelani Currie and Pye giving the visitors a 10-2 lead. Currie and Pye combined to score the first 10 points for the Islanders in the game. A&M-Corpus Christi was able to push the lead all the way to nine on a Douvier layup that made it 14-5.

But St. Louis was able to slowly chip away. The Billikens cut the lead to 20-16 before a Douvier layup at 4:59 put the lead back at six. From there, though, SLU went on an 8-0 run with half the points coming at the free throw line to gain their first lead of the game, 24-22. Douvier tied the score on another bucket inside, but a Yacoubou three gave the Billikens a 27-24 edge heading to the break.

Out of the locker room, SLU went on an 8-2 run to push the lead to a game-high nine, but Jordan threw down a thunderous dunk to set off a 6-0 Islanders run that cut it back to three. St. Louis responded with a 5-0 run of its own to get the lead back to 40-32, and from there the teams went back-and-forth until Amin sparked the Islanders to the victory.

The Islanders will continue their road contests in the Corpus Christi Coastal Challenge on Tuesday night at Bradley in Peoria, Ill. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Yannis Koutroupis will have the call of the game starting at 6:40 p.m. with the pregame show on NewsRadio 1360 KKTX. For all the latest on Islanders Basketball, be sure to follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersMBB) and like the team on Facebook (Islanders Mens Basketball).

 

 


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Islanders Fall in Semifinals of Southland Conference Tournament 3-0 to UCA http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-fall-in-semifinals-of-southland-conference-tournament-3-0-to-uca/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-fall-in-semifinals-of-southland-conference-tournament-3-0-to-uca/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 22 Nov 2014 4:05:06 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Fall in Semifinals of Southland Conference Tournament 3-0 to UCA

NATCHITOCHES, La. - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team's season came to a close today with a 3-0 loss (26-24, 26-24, 25-21) to No. 2 seed Central Arkansas (20-10, 14-3) in the semifinals of the Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament at Prather Coliseum. The Islanders finish with a 19-16 overall record, and an 11-5 record in conference play.

Brianna Brink finished an impressive career with six kills in the match. She wraps her career as the all-time career-kills leader in Islanders' history with 1,391 kills.

Brittany Gilpin propelled the Islanders' offense with 11 kills on an impressive .625 hitting and Kelsee Felux put down nine kills. Defensively, Kate Klepetka led the team with 10 digs while Hailey King added nine.

UCA hit .272 in the match and record three service aces. Heather Schnars powered the team with a match-high 16 kills while Amy South dished out 43 assists.

The Islanders and UCA battled back-and-forth in the opening set to a score of nine apiece before the Sugar Bears would take the lead for good. Ashley Phelps accounted for five kills in the set, but she was unable to generate enough momentum to get the Islanders close enough to pressure Central Arkansas as they took the set.

In the second set, A&M -Corpus Christi was able to outhit the Sugar bears by a mark of .263 to .235 thanks to the strong play Felux who had five kills in the frame. The Islanders had a 24-21 lead but Central Arkansas' Heather Schnars ignited the Sugar Bears' offense as she put down the final three kills to propel UCA to the set win.

A&M - Corpus Christi came out strong after halftime, jumping out to an early 6-3 lead. Senior Ashley Phelps and Gilpin helped the Islanders to a match-high nine point lead at19-10. But after a Central Arkansas timeout, the Sugar Bears rallied and reeled off a 15-2 run to end the match. The run included six attacking errors and two of the Sugar Bears' three service aces.

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Big Second Half Lifts Hoyas Past Islanders 78-62 http://www.kristv.com/news/big-second-half-lifts-hoyas-past-islanders-78-62/ http://www.kristv.com/news/big-second-half-lifts-hoyas-past-islanders-78-62/ Sports - Islanders Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:06:02 PM TAMUCC.COM Big Second Half Lifts Hoyas Past Islanders 78-62

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A 6-0 run to start the second half lifted Georgetown to a 78-62 win over the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi basketball team on Tuesday night at the Verizon Center. The Islanders, who went to the locker room tied at 34 with the Hoyas, saw Bryce Douvier, John Jordan and Rashawn Thomas all finish in double figures.

Douvier led the Islanders with 16 points and five boards, while Jordan scored 14 points and added five assists and two steals. Thomas, who was not expected to play due to injury, toughed his way to 12 points, four rebounds and three blocks in 17 minutes of action for the Islanders (1-1).

Joshua Smith posted a double-double for Georgetown (2-0) with 20 points and 12 boards, while Paul White (13), Mikael Hopkins (12) and L.J. Peak (10) also finished in double digits. The Hoyas grabbed 18 offensive boards in the game, riding that to a 27-7 edge in second-chance points.

The two teams traded blows early on, with the Hoyas getting the better of the Islanders inside to own a 6-5 advantage. But the Islanders were sparked from Jordan, as he hit back-to-back floaters and then Douvier knocked down a three from the left wing to post a 7-0 run and push the lead to 12-6 early. But the Hoyas came right back and put together a 9-2 run of their own to regain the lead, 15-14 at the 11:38 mark.

The Islanders were undaunted, though, and after the teams traded points, a Brandon Pye triple sent A&M-Corpus Christi on yet another 7-0 run. Georgetown came back to cut it within one, but back-to-back buckets inside from Jordan and Hameed Ali made it 27-22. The Hoyas later put together a 6-0 run to regain the lead, and the teams went back-and-forth into the locker room with the score knotted at 34-34.

Out of the break, A&M-Corpus Christi stumbled, as three straight turnovers for the visitors led to a six-point lead for the Hoyas. From there, Georgetown used its bulk to control the boards, and slowly, the lead ballooned all the way to a game-high 15. But a Douvier three cut it back to 12, and the Islanders continued to chip away and keep the game within range. A pair of free throws by Ehab Amin cut the deficit to 10 at 62-52 with 6:47 remaining.

But the Hoyas embarked on a 9-0 run, sparked by a pair of Islanders turnovers and a putback by Smith, to push the lead to 19. The lead would stretch as high as 22 following a Peak layup with 3:03 remaining. The Islanders were able to cut it back to 16, with Thomas finishing his night on a putback dunk before the final whistle.

The Islanders are back in action on the road on Sunday, Nov. 23, when they take on Saint Louis in the first game of the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic. They will follow that up with a game at Bradley on Tuesday, Nov. 25, before returning to Stripes Court at the American Bank Center on Friday and Saturday for the final two games of the event.

For tickets to the Classic, please contact the American Bank Center box office at 800-745-3000. For all the latest on Islanders basketball, be sure to follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersMBB) and like the team on Facebook (Islanders Mens Basketball).

 

 


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Islanders Release Baseball Schedule http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-release-baseball-schedule/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-release-baseball-schedule/ Sports - Islanders Mon, 17 Nov 2014 3:51:17 PM Associated Press Islanders Release Baseball Schedule

CORPUS CHRISTI - Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Head Coach Scott Malone officially announced the 2015 Islanders Baseball schedule, which features a 32 games in the Coastal Bend. The team, loaded with upperclassmen is coming off a season in which it finished fourth in the Southland Conference with a record of 19-12 - while going 31-27 overall.

The Islanders will kick off the season at Chapman field with a three-game series against Saint Peters University Feb. 13-15 before hosting the Kleberg Bank College Classic.

Purdue, Missouri and Sam Houston State will make their way down to the Coastal Bend to compete in the Kleberg Bank College Classic which will be played at Whataburger Field in downtown Corpus Christi. The Islanders will see the first action of the tournament, as they will pair up with Southeastern Conference member Missouri on Feb. 19. A&M - Corpus Christi will matchup with the Boilermakers on Feb. 20 before facing the Tigers once again on Feb. 21. The Islanders will wrap up the Classic with a game against defending Southland Conference regular-season champion Sam Houston State Feb. 22.

A&M - Corpus Christi will play a four-game series at Chapman Field against nonconference opponent Texas - Arlington beginning Feb. 27 before a midweek matchup with UTSA on March 3.

After 12 games in the Coastal Bend to begin their season, the Islanders will hit the road for a three-game series with Conference-USA member Louisiana Tech March 6-8.

The Southland Conference season will begin with a road series at Nicholls State March 13-16. The Islanders will return home for two series' as they play host to SLC tournament champion Southeastern Louisiana (March 20-23) and Stephen F. Austin (March 27-29).

A&M - Corpus Christi will make its way to Austin, Texas on Tuesday, March 31 as they take on the Longhorns. The team will then head to Beaumont, Texas for a meeting with Lamar (April 2-4), followed by a doubleheader against Texas-Pan American (April 7) in Edinburg, Texas. The Islanders will welcome Abilene Christian to Chapman Field for the three-game series April 10-12, followed by a Tuesday night matchup with Houston-Victoria April 14.

The squad will continue Southland play as they head to New Orleans for a three-game series with the Privateers (April 17-19). The Islanders continue action with their return game against the Roadrunners with a Tuesday night game in San Antonio (April 21) before heading home to host Northwestern State in a three-game series April 24-26. The Islanders will wrap up April with a doubleheader against Texas - Pan American on April 28 at Chapman Field.

A&M - Corpus Christi will close out conference play with a three-game series at Sam Houston State (May 1-3) followed by a trip to Incarnate Word (May 8-10) before closing out the regular season at home against Houston Baptist (May 14-16).

Central Arkansas will host the four-day 2015 SLC Tournament at Constellation Field in Sugarland, Texas beginning Tuesday, May 20.

The Islanders' schedule currently stands at 55 games, not including the conference tournament.

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Islanders Secure No. 3 Seed in SLC Tournament With 3-0 Win over Lamar http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-secure-no-3-seed-in-slc-tournament-with-3-0-win-over-lamar/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-secure-no-3-seed-in-slc-tournament-with-3-0-win-over-lamar/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 15 Nov 2014 4:16:48 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Secure No. 3 Seed in SLC Tournament With 3-0 Win over Lamar

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team breezed to a 3-0 win (25-16, 25-17, 25-16) today over Lamar (5-23, 5-11 SLC) on Senior Day to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Southland Conference Tournament. The Islanders have earned their third consecutive appearance in the conference tournament and will make their fourth overall trip. It will mark the highest seed in program history for the Islanders.

Islanders (18-15, 11-5 SLC) will make their third consecutive appearance in the Southland Conference Tournament and their fourth overall appearance. The tournament will take place on Nov. 21-23 in Natchitoches, La.

Seniors Brianna Brink and Ashley Phelps, along with junior Haley Satterwhite Day were honored before the match as part of the Senior Day festivities. Brink had a strong match with 15 kills on .367 hitting while freshman Kristyn Nicholson posted her 12th double-double of the season with 29 assists and 12 digs. The Islanders' defense put together a solid effort, holding the Cardinals to .087 hitting and out-blocking them 8-4 at the net. Freshman Kate Klepetka led the surge with 17 digs, marking her ninth consecutive double-digit dig match.

The Islanders and Cardinals battled early in the first set, which featured eight ties and four lead changes. The two teams stayed even until the Islanders put together a 3-0 run to push ahead for good at 14-11. Following a timeout by Lamar, the Cardinals trimmed the lead to two, but a kill by Ivy Baresh kept the Islanders ahead at 15-12. From there, the Islanders padded their lead to 21-15 after a service error by Lamar and an ace by Gilpin to force another timeout by the Cardinals. A&M - Corpus Christi then closed out the set on a 4-1 run to win 25-16. During the run, Brink put down a pair of kills and Baresh nailed a kill down the line to secure the set. The Islanders hit .290 in the set and held Lamar to .115 hitting.

The Islanders came out strong to start the second set with a 4-0 lead. Lamar clawed their way back to pull within one at 8-7, but from there the Islanders took control of the set to build a 12-8 lead after putting together a 4-1 run. A&M - Corpus Christi then tacked on its biggest lead of the set at 17-10 after Phelps hammered down one of her four kills in the match. The Islanders eventually closed out the set on a 3-0 run to win 25-17. During the run, Brink and freshman Madeleine Doud posted kills. The Islanders hit .194 in the set and held the Cardinals to .103 hitting.

The final set was much like the second, with the Islanders jumping out to an early lead before the Cardinals struck back to tie the set at 6-6. From there the Islanders and Cardinals went neck-and-neck before the Islanders capitalized on a service error by Lamar and back-to-back blocks by Nicholson and Doud to take a 12-9 lead. The Islanders continued to extend their lead and built a 22-15 lead on a 4-1 run. During the run, Nicholson, Baresh and Gilpin each chipped in kills. After a kill by Lamar, the Islanders scored three straight with consecutive kills by Baresh and Brink, and a block assist by Doud and Kirstee McGarva, to win 25-16. The Islanders ignited for a .242 hitting percentage in the set and held the Cardinals to .053 hitting. The Islanders' defense was also impressive as they out-blocked Lamar, 5-1, and posted 20 digs in the set.

The Islanders will now await their opponent for next weekend's Southland Conference Tournament that will take place on Nov. 21-23 in Natchitoches, La.

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Isles Lock in 13 For 2015 Class http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-lock-in-13-for-2015-class/ http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-lock-in-13-for-2015-class/ Sports - Islanders Thu, 13 Nov 2014 9:16:41 PM TAMUCC.COM Isles Lock in 13 For 2015 Class

CORPUS CHRISTI - Texas A&M-Corpus Christi head coach Scott Malone announced the signing of 13 players to National Letters of Intent on Thursday. The signing class of eight pitchers and five position players will join the Islanders in the 2015-16 season.

"I'm excited about the whole group, especially since we have 13 seniors coming off the board after this year," said head coach Scott Malone. "When you look at this group of kids, they are going to be asked to make a much quicker impact than any group we have ever had.

"The most exciting part about this group today is we are counting on this group next year so it really makes it fun for us and fun for these guys obviously"

This is the second recruiting class for Brett Gips who is in his second year as the Islanders Recruiting Coordinator. The Islanders currently have the 74th best signing class in the country, according to Perfect Game USA who ranked the top 100 signing classes.

"I can't say enough about how coach Gips has adapted to going out and finding the right kid, building a relationship and figuring out which ones are going to be a great fit for our program; not only on the field but in the community," Malone noted. "He has done an unbelievable job of putting this group together and going after the right guys early. It says a lot about him and our coaching staff to go out and put together such a great class."

Nick Anderson • OF
Kempner, Texas • Rider High School
Top 500 Recruit Nationally; No. 23 OF in Texas by Perfect Game USA

Anderson played at Kempner High School under head coach Marc Jones. He was named first-team all district and second-team All Houston during his sophomore season. Played for the 2012 USA National Team in the Dominican Republic. Anderson was a multi-sport athlete for the Cougars. He played football at Kempner and was named defensive newcomer of the year in 2013 and second-team all district in 2014.

Gips on Anderson: "We think that Nick has the ability to be a power bat in our lineup for years to come. Nick is a multi-sport athlete that will bring a ton of athleticism and speed to both offensive and defensive sides of the game."

Austin Blakely • RHP/UTIL
Hallsville, Texas • Hallsville High School
Top 1000 Recruit Nationally by Perfect Game USA

Has a combined record of 85-22 while at Hallsville High School under head coach Scott Mitchell. Hit for .391 his junior year with three home runs while driving in 49 runs. Blakely was named a first team all-district infielder, first team All-East Texas at third base and third team all-state.

Gips on Blakely: "Austin is a big, physical right-handed pitcher and first baseman. He has a deceptive delivery and is able to spin the breaking ball for strikes in any count. Austin also will have the chance to develop into a middle of the order bat and produce some serious power numbers during the course of his career."

Christopher Falwell • LHP
Round Rock, Texas • Cisco JC

Played one season at the University of Arkansas where he appeared in four games out of the bullpen. Posted a 2.70 ERA in 6.2 innings of work for the Razorbacks. Played high school baseball at Round Rock High School under coach John Carter. Recorded a 1.08 ERA during his senior year when he led the team to the area championships.

Gips on Falwell: "Chris is a mature left-handed pitcher with a strong work ethic that will bring a lot of experience from junior college. We expect to come in and compete for a job in the weekend rotation. He is 6-foot-6 with deception in his delivery and a hard fastball that can break into the low 90s."

Johnny Gonzalez • LHP/OF
Frisco, Texas • Frisco Wakeland High School
Top 1000 Recruit Nationally; No. 6 Ranked 1B by Perfect Game USA

Gonzalez comes to the Island University from Frisco Wakeland High School in Frisco, Texas. He led the Wolverines in home runs with three and RBIs with 30 during the 2014 season. He has compiled 75 team wins over the past three seasons under head coach Barry Rose.

Gips on Gonzalez: "Johnny is a physical left handed bat who has the power and presence to hit in the middle of the order. He is versatile and brings value to the team as a corner infielder/outfielder. Very live arm on the mound and will come in as a two-way guy."

Caleb Hanks • RHP/1B
Lufkin, Texas • Hudson High School
Top 1000 Recruit Nationally; No. 76 RHP in Texas by Perfect Game USA

Hanks finished his junior year with 96 strikeouts to just 25 walks in 60 innings of work for the Hornets under head coach Glenn Kimble. He also hit for a .333 average and one home run in 27 at bats. Earned second team all-district honors. Helped lead the Hornets to district championships during his freshman and sophomore years.

Gips on Hanks: "Caleb is a stout right-handed pitcher who has had a lot of success at the high school level. He is an intelligent pitcher with a fastball that reaches 90 mph, and with his off-speed mix the future will be very bright for him."

Aaron Hernandez • RHP
Corpus Christi, Texas • Moody High School
Top 500 Recruit Nationally; No. 14 RHP in Texas by Perfect Game USA

Hernandez is a multi-sport athlete at Moody High School in Corpus Christi. He played football and baseball for the Trojans. He was named all-south Texas Newcomer of the Year, garnered first team all-district honors and was an all-state honorable mention selection. Hernandez was also part of the Moody High School undefeated district championship and state runner-up team.

Gips on Hernandez: "Aaron is a local star who has wanted to be a part of Islanders Baseball for a long time. He has ample amounts of upside with his frame; matched with an electric fastball that can reach in the low 90s and a wipeout slider."

Harrison Hill • 1B/3B
League City, Texas • Clear Creek High School

Was a three-year letterwinner at Clear Creek High School under coach Brent Kunefke. He led the Wildcats to a 28-9 record and was named the district MVP his junior year. Was first on the team with 50 RBIs and claimed second team all-state honors in 2014.

Gips on Hill: "Harry is a multi-faceted player with the athleticism to play both the infield or outfield. Offensively he has a great line drive approach with power to both sides of the field. His work ethic over the past 10 months has transformed his game into being one of the premier hitters in the state."

Dylan Hutcheson • OF
Wichita Falls, Texas • Rider High School
Top 1000 Recruit Nationally; No. 39 OF in Texas by Perfect Game USA

Hutcheson comes to Corpus Christi from Wichita Falls, Texas. He was named the Rider High School team MVP as well as the Defensive MVP. He earned unanimous first team all-district recognition in both his sophomore and junior years under head coach Josh Bobbitt. Hutcheson tied the Raiders school record for stolen bases his junior year.

Gips on Hutcheson: "The first thing we noticed about Dylan was his leadership skills. He has a strong desire to not only better himself but also better his teammates more importantly. Dylan will have the opportunity to make a big impact in our lineup early in his career, and is the type of 'go get it' defenders that we want in the outfield."

Dustin Lacaze • RHP/OF
Clute, Texas • Brazoswood High School
No. 474 National Ranking • No. 47 overall in Texas by Perfect Game USA

Lacaze played both baseball and football at Brazoswood High School for the Buccaneers. Hit for a .401 average, seven home runs and 38 RBI's his junior year under head coach Bobby Williams. Earned first team all-district honors, first team all-county accolades and an All-Houston area outfielder. He led the Bucs to a 31-11 record during his junior year.

Gips on Lacaze: "Dustin will have the opportunity to both play the outfield and pitch for us next year. We think he has the ability to make an impact on our team early in his career. He has a very athletic arm with a fastball that runs up into the low 90s and excellent command of his repertoire."

Jesse Philp • LHP
Lufkin, Texas • Lufkin High School
Top 500 Recruit Nationally; No. 7 LHP in Texas by Perfect Game USA

Philp comes to the Island University from Lufkin High School where he was a multi-sport athlete. He played baseball for the Panthers under head coach Jason Stanley. During his junior year, he was named the most-improved player and a first team all-district utility player.

Gips on Philp: "Jesse is a physically imposing left hander with a quick delivery and a good firm fastball, but his best pitch is his slider. We really like his competiveness and grit on the mound."

Isaac Schlabach • LHP
Keller, Texas • Keller Timber Creek High School
Top 500 Recruit Nationally; No. 18 LHP in Texas by Perfect Game USA

In his junior year, Schlabach went 5-1 on the mound for the Falcons to go along with a 1.98 ERA. Schlabach was named first team all-district his junior year as he led Keller Timber Creek to a 21-8 record under head coach Derek Watson.

Gips on Schlabach: "Ike has a ton of room to grow, at 6-foot-6 and a fastball in the upper 80s that can touch low 90s. He has great makeup and work ethic with a strong desire to compete."

Landon Shofner • INF
Lubbock, Texas • Coronado High School
Top 1000 Recruit Nationally by Perfect Game USA

A two-year letterwinner at Coronado High School under head coach Gary Hix. Shofner has won 63 games over the last three years with the Mustangs. He was a part of the Mustangs team that won both the district and area championships.

Gips on Shofner: "Landon has the ability to play multiple positions in the infield. He is a right-handed hitter that can really handle the bat and has the swing that could produce some power. He is a good runner and a solid overall player who we have high expectations for."

David Worrell • RHP
Helotes, Texas • Sandra Day O'Conner High School
Top 1000 Recruit Nationally; No. 77 RHP in Texas by Perfect Game USA

Worrell recorded a 6-1 record while striking out 58 batters during his junior year in 47 and a third innings for the Panthers on his way to earning first team all-district honors. Led the Panthers to a district championship before making the region quarterfinals. Helped the Panthers to a 32-3 record in his junior year.

Gips on Worrell: "David has a knack for missing bats and we project him to work into a weekend rotation starter during his career. He can pitch at the bottom of the zone with three good off-speed pitches."

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Islander Women Sign Four Players http://www.kristv.com/news/islander-women-sign-four-players/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islander-women-sign-four-players/ Sports - Islanders Wed, 12 Nov 2014 8:38:28 PM TAMUCC.COM Islander Women Sign Four Players

CORPUS CHRISTI - Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball head coach Royce Chadwick has announced that four high school seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Islanders during the 2015-16 season.

On signing day, the Islanders received letters from Mykayla Flores (San Antonio, Texas/Churchill HS), Aryana Jackson (Richmond Heights, Ohio/Beachwood HS), Urionne 'Uri' Jolivette (New Iberia, La./New Iberia Senior HS) and Maddisen Turner (Houston, Texas/West Side HS).

"We're very excited about this recruiting class," said head coach Royce Chadwick. "I feel like this group is exactly what we needed to add for our program and they fill some huge gaps that we need to fill in an effort to provide our fans with a championship caliber team"

Flores comes to the Island University from Churchill High School in San Antonio, Texas. The 5-foot-5 guard averaged 17.5 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and six steals per game her junior year. She was named first team all-district and team MVP while leading the Chargers to the area playoff finals and a 29-6 record.

"I think Mykayla is going to be a really good player for us," noted Chadwick. "She is a great floor general, she can really shoot it and has all the attributes it takes to be a great quarterback to our team. We are very excited to add her to our family."

Jackson will make her way to the Coastal Bend from Richmond Heights, Ohio. Jackson nearly averaged a double-double at Beachwood High School. The 5-foot-8 combo guard scored 17-8 points per game while averaging 9.8 assists and 7.3 steals per game. She led the Bison to the district championships and collected Chagrin Valley Conference second-team honors.

"Aryana is a very versatile player," noted Chadwick. "She is very athletic and has the ability to get to the basket as well as shoot the ball. She can do it all and we're happy to have her."

Jolivette will join the Islanders in 2015 from New Iberia Senior High School in New Iberia, La. She earned first team all-district honors along with first team All-Teche accolades in 2012-13. The 5-foot-10 guard averaged 12.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game for the Yellow Jackets.

"Uri is a basketball player in the mold of Jasmine Shaw," Chadwick said. "She has a sixth sense about her that makes everyone on the court better. She has been very well coached in high school and she is going to be a very good player for us."

Turner led the Lady Wolves to a 19-6 record while going 10-1 in districts. The 6-foot forward averaged 11.5 points and seven rebounds per game during her junior year. Turner earned first team all-district honors.

"Maddisen is a very multi-dimensional player," said Chadwick. "She can play inside and outside and has a mean streak that helps her be a next-level player. I think she is going to be an instant impact player for us."

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Islanders Earn Third Straight Sweep With Win Over Lamar http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-earn-third-straight-sweep-with-win-over-lamar/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-earn-third-straight-sweep-with-win-over-lamar/ Sports - Islanders Thu, 30 Oct 2014 9:52:37 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Earn Third Straight Sweep With Win Over Lamar

BEAUMONT, Texas - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team earned its third straight sweep with a 3-0 win (25-22, 25-17, 25-23) tonight over Lamar in McDonald Gym. The Islanders (15-13, 8-3 SLC) posted 62 digs in the match and held the Cardinals (3-19, 3-7 SLC) to .155 hitting.

Senior Brianna Brink propelled the offense with her 11th double-double of the season with 11 kills and 10 digs while fellow senior Ashley Phelps posted 10 kills on .292 hitting. Kristyn Nicholson dished out 37 assists and racked up a pair of aces and eight digs. For the defense, Ivy Baresh powered the team with 15 digs and Kate Klepetka registered 14 digs. Baresh also served up three aces and Shayla Maldonado added two.

The Islanders opened with an early lead in the first set and pushed ahead at 11-9 after a kill by Phelps. However the Cardinals rallied back with a 3-0 run to garner a 12-11 lead. After rallying back and forth, Lamar put together a 5-1 run to take an 18-15 lead and force the Islanders to call a timeout. From there, Phelps ignited the Islanders with a pair of kills to knot the set at 18-18. After exchanging points back and forth, Brink jumpstarted a 5-1 run to help the Islanders close out the first set with a 25-22 win. A&M - Corpus Christi hit .231 in the set, which featured 12 ties, and held Lamar to .143 hitting.

The Islanders carried over the momentum into the second set to take a 5-1 lead before extending their lead to 10-5 after a solo block by Kelsee Felux and a kill by Phelps. A&M - Corpus Christi put together a seven-point cushion after a kill by Brittany Gilpin before closing the match out on a 3-0 run to win 25-17. The Islanders hit a set-high .353 and held the Cardinals to .119 hitting.

A&M - Corpus Christi took control early in the third set with a 7-5 lead after Nicholson and Gilpin teamed up for a block assist. The Islanders kept things rolling after a kill by Felux at 10-7. Lamar rallied back with three straight points to knot the set at 10-10, but a service error by the Cardinals and a cross-court kill by Baresh put the Islanders ahead for good at 13-11. The Islanders kept surging ahead to take a 21-14 lead on an 8-2 run. Gilpin started the run with a kill before Phelps followed with a kill and Baresh served up three consecutive aces. After Lamar struck back with a 5-2 run to trim the Islanders' lead to two, the Islanders maintained its lead and clinched the set at 25-23 with a kill by Brink.

The Islanders will now travel to Huntsville to face Sam Houston State on Saturday, Nov. 1. First serve is set for 2 p.m.

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Jordan, Thomas Named Preseason All-Southland http://www.kristv.com/news/jordan-thomas-named-preseason-all-southland/ http://www.kristv.com/news/jordan-thomas-named-preseason-all-southland/ Sports - Islanders Tue, 28 Oct 2014 4:50:15 PM TAMUCC.COM Jordan, Thomas Named Preseason All-Southland

CORPUS CHRISTI - Senior guard John Jordan and sophomore forward Rashawn Thomas have been named Preseason All-Southland Conference, the league announced today. Jordan was an automatic selection to the first team, while league coaches voted Thomas on to the second team.

"With John and Rashawn, we have one of the best guard-forward combinations not just in the Southland Conference but among all the mid-major programs in the nation," head coach Willis Wilson said. "Having the coaches in our league recognize them for their ability last year as well as their potential heading into this year is a well-deserved honor. I'm pleased not just for them, but for their teammates who help them succeed and for our program as a whole."

Jordan earned an automatic selection to the first team after earning First Team All-Southland recognition following the 2013-14 season. He finished 10th in the league with 14.8 points per game, second in the league with 5.3 assists and led the Southland in both free throws attempted (272) and made (187). His 34.1 minutes per game were also fourth in the conference.

He enters his senior campaign looking to cement his place in school history. The Houston native is currently in the all-time top-10 in points (9th), assists (2nd), free throws (2nd), rebounds (9th), steals (6th), minutes (4th), field goals (10th) and double-figure scoring games (8th). He needs just 20 assists to set a new school record, and he enters his final campaign with the top three assist seasons in Islanders lore already in his grasp.

Jordan was one of seven automatic selections to the Preseason All-Conference Teams, as he was joined on the first team by Jacob Parker (Stephen F. Austin), Jalan West (Northwestern State), Denzel Livingston (Incarnate Word) and Jabari Peters (Sam Houston State). Thomas Walkup (SFA) and Kaheem Ransom (SHSU) were granted automatic selection onto the second team.

Thomas was one of three players voted onto the preseason teams by the league's coaches. The Oklahoma City native had a tremendous debut season, averaging 10.7 points and 5.2 rebounds. As the season wore on, Thomas improved, averaging 11.2 points and 5.7 boards in conference action. His finest game came in the College Basketball Invitational, as he went 9-for-11 from the field for 22 points and added three steals and two assists against Northern Colorado.

The two other Southland players voted onto the league's second team were Kevin Hardy (McNeese State) and Zeek Woodley (Northwestern State). The Islanders were one of four teams in the conference to have one player selected for both the first and second teams, joining SFA, Northwestern State and SHSU. Incarnate Word and McNeese State each had one player chosen on the league's preseason squads.

The Islanders will open the 2014-15 season on Friday, Nov. 14, as they play host to Our Lady of the Lake at 7 p.m. on Stripes Court at the American Bank Center. Season tickets are available now by calling 361-825-BALL (2255) and on GoIslanders.com. Individual game tickets will be available for sale on Monday, Nov. 3.

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Islanders Volleyball Shuts Out McNeese State, 3-0 http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-volleyball-shuts-out-mcneese-state-3-0/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-volleyball-shuts-out-mcneese-state-3-0/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 25 Oct 2014 3:57:34 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Volleyball Shuts Out McNeese State, 3-0

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team shut out the McNeese State Cowgirls 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-20) today in the Dugan Wellness Center to improve to 7-3 in Southland play. Senior Brianna Brink powered the Islanders (14-13, 7-3 SLC) with her 10th double-double of the season with 19 kills and 11 digs while Brittany Gilpin posted 10 kills.

A&M - Corpus Christi hit .276 in the match and held the Cowgirls (12-14, 2-8 SLC) to .121 hitting. Freshman Kristyn Nicholson dished out 45 assists, marking her ninth match of the season where she has registered at least 40 assists. Kate Klepetka propelled the Islanders' defense with 22 digs while Ivy Baresh added 12.

The Islanders came out strong in the first set with a 10-4 lead after a kill by Gilpin. A&M - Corpus Christi extended their lead to 16-8 after scoring four straight on back-to-back kills by Kelsee Felux and Baresh and straight aces by Nicholson. The Islanders took their biggest lead of the set at 21-11 after a trio of kills by Baresh and Gilpin, before the Islanders closed out the first set on a 4-1 run to win 25-12. Gilpin scored three of the four points with a pair of kills and a solo block. The Islanders hit an impressive .421 in the first set and held the Cowgirls to .125 hitting.

The Cowgirls answered back in the second set to jump out to an early 7-3 lead, before the Islanders rallied back with a 5-0 run to push ahead at 8-7. After a kill by McNeese State, the two teams exchanged points before the Islanders took the lead for good after Phelps hit back-to-back kills to push the Islanders ahead 11-9. A&M - Corpus Christi maintained its lead after kills by Brink and Nicholson put the Islanders ahead 18-13. The Cowgirls rallied back to pull within two at 18-16, but a 7-3 run by the Islanders capped the set and the win 25-19. A&M - Corpus Christi hit .282 in the set and limited McNeese State to .167 hitting.

In the third set, the Islanders surged out to an 11-4 lead after a kill by Gilpin and an attack error by the Cowgirls. A&M - Corpus Christi kept the strong lead before McNeese State trimmed the lead to two at 15-13 on a 6-1 run. After going neck-and-neck the rest of the way the Islanders scored the final two points on a kill and a block by Brink to win 25-20.

The Islanders will now head on the road for four conference matches. First up is a match in Beaumont, Texas, against Lamar on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.

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Islanders Volleyball Blanks Incarnate Word, 3-0 http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-volleyball-blanks-incarnate-word-3-0/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-volleyball-blanks-incarnate-word-3-0/ Sports - Islanders Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:01:16 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Volleyball Blanks Incarnate Word, 3-0

SAN ANTONIO - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team swept Incarnate Word 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-10) tonight in the McDermott Convocation Center. The Islanders exploded in the third set to hit .348 and clinch their fourth win in Southland Conference play.

Senior Brianna Brink propelled the Islanders' (11-12, 4-2 SLC) offense with 10 kills on .280 hitting while Ashley Phelps added eight kills. A&M - Corpus Christi who hit .242 in the match held the Cardinals (6-15, 2-6 SLC) to .047 hitting. Hailey King led the defense with 12 digs and Kate Klepetka added eight digs. Junior Chelby Stanford and freshman Kristyn Nicholson split setting duties tonight and they both finished in double figures with 17 and 14 assists, respectively.

The first set featured a back-and-forth battle that featured six ties and four lead changes. The Islanders and Cardinals tied early on before the Islanders scored three straight to push ahead 14-11. After a UIW timeout sparked two straight points for the Cardinals, Haley Satterwhite Day kept the Islanders in front with a solo block. Brink then followed with an ace before an attacking error by the Cardinals gave the Islanders a 17-13 lead. The Islanders maintained the lead and closed out the first set, 25-20, on a 3-0 run that included a kill by Brink, an ace by King and a block assist by Satterwhite and Brittany Gilpin.

The Islanders and Cardinals went neck-and-neck in the second set with 12 ties. A&M - Corpus Christi led early on with a 8-5 lead after a kill by Phelps and an ace by Ivy Baresh, but the Cardinals rallied back to knot the set at 9-9. After battling back-and-forth the Islanders garnered the lead at 17-14 on a 3-0 run. However, UIW answered back to even things up at 20-20. After trading points, the Islanders gained momentum and put together a 4-1 run to clinch the second set, 25-22. During the run, Gilpin put down a pair of kills while Satterwhite added one. A&M - Corpus Christi hit .333 in the set and held the Cardinals to .212 hitting.

The Islanders came out on fire in the third set to open with an 8-1 lead. A&M - Corpus Christi padded its lead to 10-3 after an attacking error by the Cardinals. The Islanders kept cruising as they built a 10-point lead after a kill by Brink, and then closed out the set on an 8-1 run to win 25-10. The Islanders hit an impressive .348 in the set and limited UIW to -.129 hitting.

The Islanders will continue Southland Conference play at Abilene Christian on Saturday, Oct. 18. First serve is set for 2 p.m.

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Huge Second Half Lifts Islanders Soccer to 4-0 Victory http://www.kristv.com/news/huge-second-half-lifts-islanders-soccer-to-4-0-victory/ http://www.kristv.com/news/huge-second-half-lifts-islanders-soccer-to-4-0-victory/ Sports - Islanders Sun, 12 Oct 2014 7:47:28 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Huge Second Half Lifts Islanders Soccer to 4-0 Victory

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's soccer team scored four second-half goals to post a 4-0 victory over Lamar on Sunday at Dugan Stadium. Hailey Sutton and Bri Lugo each scored a goal and an assist to lead the offensive effort for the Islanders.

Yvette Franco and Alyssa Miller also scored for A&M-Corpus Christi (3-5-3, 2-3-1 Southland) in the victory. Megan Delaney made four saves for her fifth shutout of the year, while Bailey Fontenot made three first-half saves in the loss for the Cardinals (4-9-1, 2-4-1).

"It was a great team victory today," head coach Shanna Caldwell said. "I'm so proud of the way we stuck together and elevated as a team in the second half. To have four different players finish today was great to see. We focused a lot this week on finishing and to see the product of their hard work pay off with goals is huge. The defense bent at times, but we stayed together and worked through it to come away with a clean sheet. "

"The second half, we really just talked about being smarter and executing sharper," she added. "Keeping possession and building instead of trying to force something that wasn't on. It paid off, as our outside midfielders were much more involved in the game."

After a scoreless opening half, the Islanders wasted no time in taking the lead after the break. Miller started the play off a throw-in, and reversed field to Sutton just outside the 18 on the right side. Sutton shook a defender and calmly sent a ball to Franco in front of the goal at the top of the box, and the sophomore drilled it home with her right foot to make it 1-0 at the 48:20 mark.

The score remained that way into the 65th, when Miller delivered a crucial play for the home squad. The senior got the ball in the penalty area, and was spinning past Marie Lund when she was taken down by the defender from behind. Lund was assessed a red card at 64:58, and Miller sent home the ensuing penalty kick to make it a 2-0 advantage.

Sutton extended the lead to 3-0 less than 10 minutes later. Becca Chance started the play near midfield, sending a ball forward to Lugo near the top of the box. The freshman then found Sutton streaking down the left side, and the redshirt sophomore took a touch and then beat the keeper just inside the near post for her first career goal at 74:56.

Lugo then capped off the scoring with less than two minutes to play. Fellow freshman Kimberly Isaacson made a nice touch to Lugo near midfield, and Lugo sent a lofting shot over a jumping Zoey Stephenson to push the advantage to 4-0 at the 88:49 mark. The Islanders finished off the shutout over the final 1:11 for their biggest margin of victory in program history.

The opening half was evenly played, with both teams doing a strong job of limiting the other's offensive chances. The top two opportunities of the half both belonged to Sutton for the Islanders. On her first, the redshirt sophomore rocketed a shot toward the top of the net in the seventh minute, but Fontenot made a jumping save to knock it over the crossbar. Later, Fontenot stopped Sutton again in the 22nd on a shot inside the 18.

The Islanders are back in action on Friday, Oct. 17, as they will host Abilene Christian for "Kick Cancer" night at the Dugan Soccer and Track Stadium. The first 200 students admitted to the game will receive a free pink rally towel courtesy KRIS 6 News. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.

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Islanders Top Lady Demons, 3-1, Graystone Earns 400th Career Win http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-top-lady-demons-3-1-graystone-earns-400th-career-win/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-top-lady-demons-3-1-graystone-earns-400th-career-win/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 11 Oct 2014 5:00:13 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders Top Lady Demons, 3-1, Graystone Earns 400th Career Win

CORPUS CHRISTI - Senior Brianna Brink posted her seventh double-double of the season to power the Islanders to a 3-1 victory (25-16, 19-25, 25-19, 25-23) over Northwestern State today at the Dugan Wellness Center. With the win, head coach Tony Graystone secured his 400th career victory, with 85 of those wins coming with the Islanders.

Brink recorded 19 kills and 11 digs to lead the Islanders (10-12, 3-2 SLC) while Brittany Gilpin chipped in 10 kills and Kristyn Nicholson dished out 38 assists. The Islanders' defense racked up 57 digs with Ivy Baresh leading the way with 15 digs. Hailey King added 14 and Kate Klepetka matched Brink with 11 digs.

The Islanders hit .188 as a team and the defense held the Lady Demons (7-12, 4-2 SLC) to .133 hitting. A&M - Corpus Christi also registered 10 blocks, a season-high in conference play. Kelsee Felux propelled the Islanders at the net with a career-high six blocks.

The Islanders started strong with an early 9-3 lead in the first set after putting together a 5-0 run. During the run, Baresh put down a trio of kills and the Islanders capitalized on a pair of errors by the Lady Demons. The Islanders maintained their lead the rest of the way and padded their lead to 12-8 after a kill by Gilpin, and a block assist by Felux and Nicholson. After an error by NSU at 17-14, the Islanders put together a 9-2 run to secure the match at 25-16. Brink led the Islanders with seven kills on an impressive .700 hitting percentage. The Islanders recorded a .286 hitting percentage and held the Lady Demons to .000 hitting.

NSU rallied back to even the match at 1-1 after taking the second set, 25-19. The Lady Demons jumped out to 7-4 early lead before the Islanders battled back to knot the set at 8-8 after straight kills by Gilpin. Ashley Phelps and Gilpin then teamed up for the block assist before a Lady Demons' attacking error pushed the Islanders ahead at 10-8. After going neck-and-neck NSU steadily pulled away on a 4-0 run to take the lead for good at 15-12. The Islanders kept fighting and pulled within one at 20-19 after scoring three straight before the Lady Demons closed out the set on a 5-0 run to win 25-19. The Islanders hit .206 in the set while NSU posted a .293 hitting percentage.

The Islanders came back to win the third set, 25-19, on .211 hitting, to take a 2-1 match lead. The set featured 10 ties and four lead changes. After a back-and-forth battle, the Islanders surged ahead at 17-15 after a kill by Gilpin and a block assist by Nicholson and Gilpin. The Islanders held their lead and closed out the set on a 6-1 run to win 25-19. During the run, Brink nailed two of her team-high six kills in the set.

A&M - Corpus Christi opened the fourth set on a 4-0 run and held the lead until NSU tied the set at 9-9. The Islanders however held off the Lady Demons and padded their lead to 18-14 after an ace by Gilpin. Following a timeout by NSU, the Lady Demons closed in on the Islanders with a 4-0 run to knot the set at 18-18. From there both teams went back-and-forth until Phelps tied the set at 21-21 with her ninth kill of the match. After a ball handling error by NSU and a red card awarded the Islanders a point, NSU fought back with consecutive points to tie the set for the final time at 23-23. From there, Brink racked up her 19th kill and an attacking error by the Lady Demons gave the Islanders a 25-23 win.

The Islanders will now head on the road for a pair of Southland matches at Incarnate Word and Abilene Christian. First up is a match with the Cardinals on Thursday, Oct. 16.

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SFA Controls Net to Take 3-1 Victory over Islanders http://www.kristv.com/news/sfa-controls-net-to-take-3-1-victory-over-islanders/ http://www.kristv.com/news/sfa-controls-net-to-take-3-1-victory-over-islanders/ Sports - Islanders Thu, 9 Oct 2014 10:39:01 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi SFA Controls Net to Take 3-1 Victory over Islanders

CORPUS CHRSTI - Junior Ivy Baresh tallied a career-high 26 digs for the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team, but it wasn't enough as Stephen F. Austin controlled the net with 10 blocks to win 3-1 (22-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-18). The Ladyjacks (12-7, 5-0 SLC) recorded 18 block assists and one solo block while the Islanders were held to two team blocks tonight in the Dugan Wellness Center.

Ashley Phelps led the Islanders (9-12, 2-2 SLC) with 15 kills on .324 hitting while Brianna Brink added 11 and Brittany Gilpin chipped in 10. Kristyn Nicholson dished out 40 assists while Hailey King added 11 digs. The Ladyjacks hit .331 in the match and limited the Islanders to .222 hitting.

The Islanders opened with an early 10-5 lead in the first set after an ace by Gilpin and an attack error by the Ladyjacks. However, SFA quickly evaporated the Islanders' lead with a 7-0 run to push ahead 13-11. Phelps followed with a kill before both teams exchanged points back and forth. After another kill by Phelps evened the set at 16-16, the Islanders and Ladyjacks traded points. The Islanders then gained momentum and took the lead for good after Nicholson and Kelsee Felux put down consecutive kills. After a service error, Phelps and Brink nailed straight kills before Nicholson followed with an ace to pad the Islanders' lead to 22-18. After a mini run by the Ladyjacks, the Islanders closed out the set with a kill by Gilpin to win 25-22. The Islanders hit .298 in the set and held the Ladyjacks to .244 hitting. Phelps led the Islanders with six kills while Baresh tallied 11 digs.

SFA rallied back to win the next three sets to win the match. The Ladyjacks hit .278 in the second set to pick up a 25-19 victory. After a back-and-forth battle at the start, SFA pushed ahead for good at 11-10 and put together an 8-3 run to take an 18-13 lead. The Islanders battled back to trim the deficit to three at 20-17 after a kill by Gilpin and a solo block by Morgan Carlson to force the Ladyjacks to call a timeout. SFA however put together a 5-2 run to secure the second set. SFA hit .324 and held the Islanders to .189 hitting.

The Ladyjacks built early leads in both the third and fourth sets to clinch the win. In the third, SFA hit .349 while the Islanders posted a .238 hitting percentage. After SFA jumped out to an 11-9 lead, the Islanders rallied back to even things at 12-12 with kills by Gilpin and Nicholson. After battling back and forth, Felux racked up a kill to knot the set at 16-16, however, from there it was the Ladyjacks who gained momentum and maintained the lead en route to a 25-22 third-set win.

SFA closed out the match in the fourth set on a set-high .448 hitting to win 25-18. The Islanders were limited to .135 hitting and were out-blocked 5-0. The Ladyjacks opened with a 9-5 lead on a 6-1 run before Phelps nailed a kill. After straight points by SFA, Baresh registered a kill and Gilpin followed with consecutive aces to pull the Islanders within two. SFA then extended their lead on a 5-2 run to take a five-point advantage. After rallying back and forth, the Islanders kept fighting to trim the deficit to three after Phelps and Gilpin put down straight kills at 19-16. After exchanging points, the Ladyjacks capped the set on a 5-1 run to win 25-18.

The Islanders return to action on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m. against Northwestern State in the Dugan Wellness Center.

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Brink Leads Islanders Volleyball Past Houston Baptist, 3-1 http://www.kristv.com/news/brink-leads-islanders-volleyball-past-houston-baptist-3-1/ http://www.kristv.com/news/brink-leads-islanders-volleyball-past-houston-baptist-3-1/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 4 Oct 2014 6:37:28 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Brink Leads Islanders Volleyball Past Houston Baptist, 3-1

CORPUS CHRISTI - Senior Brianna Brink posted 20 kills and a career-high 20 digs, and the defense tallied 98 digs to help the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team secure a 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-23, 25-20) win over Houston Baptist today in the Dugan Wellness Center. The Islanders hit .311 as a team and held HBU (7-10, 2-1 SLC) to .227 hitting to clinch their second Southland Conference win of the season.

Brink led the Islanders (9-11, 2-1 SLC) with her sixth double-double of the season, while fellow senior Ashley Phelps helped lead the offense with 14 kills, and freshman Brittany Gilpin tallied a career-high 12 kills on .385 hitting. Kristyn Nicholson also had a solid match with her eighth double-double of the season. The freshman dished out a career-high 59 assists and registered 13 digs for the defense. Junior Hailey King helped lead five Islanders in double-digit digs with 23, and Ivy Baresh tallied 20 and freshman Maddy Wall chipped in a career-high 15 digs.

The first set was a back-and-forth battle with 12 ties and just three lead changes. The biggest lead either team built was two until the Islanders found momentum at 23-20. The Islanders pushed ahead at 21-19 after straight kills by Brink and Gilpin. After a timeout, HBU posted a kill before the Islanders scored four straight to clinch the first set, 25-20. During the run, Brink put down a kill and an ace before Baresh posted her third kill of the set. The Islanders captured the set on a hitting error by the Huskies. A&M-Corpus Christi hit .333 in the set and held HBU to .190 hitting. Brink led the set with seven kills on .333 hitting while King tallied seven digs and Nicholson passed out 16 assists.

The Huskies answered in the second set early with a 9-8 lead and held the lead throughout the match. After HBU put together a 4-1 run, the Islanders rallied back to pull within one at 15-14 after straight kills by Phelps. HBU however scored four straight to extend their lead to 18-14. Gilpin and Phelps put down back-to-back kills, and Felux and Nicholson teamed up for the block assist to trim the deficit to two. Following a timeout by the Huskies, the Islanders stayed within striking distance, but straight errors by the Islanders gave HBU a three-point advantage. Gilpin followed with a kill before the two teams exchanged points and HBU closed out the match with a kill to win 25-23.

The Islanders and Huskies tied eight times in the third set with just one lead change. The Islanders hit .350 in the set and held HBU to .255 hitting. After HBU tied things up at 11-11, the Islanders pushed ahead for good after consecutive kills by Haley Satterwhite Day. After a kill by the Huskies, A&M - Corpus Christi put together a 3-0 run that included back-to-back aces by Baresh. With the Islanders holding a four-point cushion, HBU cut the lead to two with a kill and an ace. A&M - Corpus Christi held its ground to win 25-23 despite a late comeback by HBU.

In the final set, the Islanders came out red-hot to record an impressive .471 hitting percentage. Phelps tallied six kills on a solid .857 hitting and the Islanders' defense tallied 15 digs. A&M - Corpus Christi started strong with a 7-2 lead before HBU rallied back to even things at 8-8. The two teams went neck-and-neck until the Islanders steadily pulled away to build a four-point lead. A&M - Corpus Christi maintained its lead and capped off the win on a 4-1 run. During the run Gilpin put down a kill and Phelps closed out the set and the match with three straight kills to help the Islanders win 25-20.

With the win, head coach Tony Graystone is one win away from his 400th career victory.

The Islanders will continue Southland play when they host Stephen F. Austin on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m.

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Islanders Volleyball Shuts Out New Orleans, 3-0 http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-volleyball-shuts-out-new-orleans-3-0/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-volleyball-shuts-out-new-orleans-3-0/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 27 Sep 2014 5:08:00 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Volleyball Shuts Out New Orleans, 3-0

NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team posted a season-high .333 hitting percentage and 10 Islanders nailed at least one kill to sweep New Orleans, 3-0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-15) today at the Human Performance Center.

The Islanders (8-11, 1-1 SLC) claimed its first Southland Conference victory of the season and snapped a string of three losses with a solid team effort. Seniors Brianna Brink and Ashley Phelps led the way with six kills apiece while Brittany Gilpin, Haley Satterwhite Day and Kelsee Felux each chipped in five kills each. Kristyn Nicholson and Chelby Stanford ran the offense with Nicholson dishing out 21 assists and Stanford adding eight.

It was a tremendous effort by the defense as the Islanders held the Privateers (5-11, 0-4 SLC) to -.078 hitting. Leading the defense was junior Hailey King with 13 digs and Brink with eight. A&M - Corpus Christi also controlled the net to outblock the Privateers 7-5. Brink and Satterwhite both picked up two block assists each.

The Islanders came out strong in the first set to hit .269 and cruise to a 25-11 win. After opening with a 9-2 lead, the Islanders extended their lead to 15-4 after consecutive kills by Brink and Gilpin. The Islanders kept the momentum going to finish the first set on a 6-2 run that ended on a kill by Morgan Carlson. A&M - Corpus Christi held the Privateers to -.105 hitting and were led by King who tallied seven of the team's 16 digs.

The Privateers controlled the early part of the second set at 7-3, until the Islanders rallied back to knot the set at 8-8. Following that, it was all Islanders as they surged ahead, 14-8, on a 6-0 run that included kills by Phelps and Nicholson. The Islanders maintained their lead to win 25-13 on .303 hitting. A&M - Corpus Christi's defense was outstanding as they held the Privateers to -.097 hitting while registering 20 digs to UNO's 10.

The Islanders dominated early in the third set with a 14-3 lead after scoring seven straight. During the run, Gilpin, Satterwhite and Felux put down kills while Erica Luke served up an ace. The Islanders held their lead to win 25-15 to clinch their first Southland sweep of the season. A&M - Corpus Christi put together an impressive .440 hitting percentage in the third set and limited UNO to .000 hitting. Felux led the set with four kills while Luke chipped in a pair of aces and Stanford passed out eight assists.

The Islanders will now return home for a three-match homestand. First up is a day match against Houston Baptist on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 1 p.m.

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Islanders Soccer Earns First League Win, 2-0 over UCA http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-soccer-earns-first-league-win-2-0-over-uca/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-soccer-earns-first-league-win-2-0-over-uca/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 27 Sep 2014 5:07:05 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Soccer Earns First League Win, 2-0 over UCA

CORPUS CHRISTI - Jacey Love and Alyssa Miller each scored in the first 12 minutes to lift the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's soccer team to a 2-0 win over Central Arkansas on Friday night at the Dugan Family Soccer and Track Stadium. Megan Delaney made seven saves for her fourth shutout of the season.

With the win, the Islanders improved to 2-4-2 overall and 1-2-0 in Southland Conference play, while UCA is now 4-4-0 and 0-1-0 in the league.

"I'm really excited and happy for the team," head coach Shanna Caldwell said. "They worked hard for this win. We talked about playing for each other and working together and they did that for 90 minutes tonight. Because of that we came away with the positive three-point result.

"Jacey scored her first goal and it lifted us to another level, and then Miller was able to convert and give us that two-goal lead," she added. "It can be a dangerous lead to have and we were able to weather the storm and keep the shutout. We had some great individual efforts and as a team. I'm really proud of the team and hoping we carry this energy into next week at McNeese."

Love potted the first Islanders goal, finishing off a wild sequence for her first career score. Sara Chandlee sent a corner kick into the box, and Aulona Velaj got a shot on frame that the Bears cleared off the back line. But the ball caromed right to Love on the far side, and she sent it into the lower left corner to make it 1-0 at 3:11 to give the home squad the lead.

Miller added to the advantage in the 12th minute. Velaj again was the catalyst, taking the ball near midfield and sending a nice ball forward to Miller. The senior took one touch forward then lunged and delivered a strike past the diving keeper and into the lower left corner for a 2-0 lead. The goal, at 11:23, marked Miller's first of the season and fourth of her career.

The score continued that way into the closing minutes of the opening half, when a lightning delay halted play with just over eight minutes remaining in the frame. After the stoppage, the teams saw no scoring and headed to the locker room with the score remaining 2-0.

Out of the locker room, the Islanders continued the momentum early, earning a corner that resulted in a blocked shot to keep the score 2-0. But after that, Central Arkansas took control of possession, delivering several chances but none of those finding their way on frame. The strangest of those came when a free kick was awarded just outside the six-yard box on a handball assessed to Delaney. But Love made a nice play to clear it off the back line and keep the Islanders ahead by two.

But after that opportunity, the Islanders kept the ball near midfield for the remainder of the contest, and emerged with their first league victory of the season.

The Islanders will be back in action next Friday when they head to Lake Charles, La., for a matchup with McNeese State. The contest will kick off at 7 p.m. on Oct. 3 on Cowgirl Field. Updates will be provided on the team's official Twitter feed (@IslandersSoccer).

 


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Islanders Cruise Past Incarnate Word, 3-1, in Home Opener http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-cruise-past-incarnate-word-3-1-in-home-opener/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-cruise-past-incarnate-word-3-1-in-home-opener/ Sports - Islanders Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:14:10 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Cruise Past Incarnate Word, 3-1, in Home Opener

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team cruised to a 3-1 (25-18, 25-15, 18-25, 25-12) victory over Incarnate Word tonight in the home opener and the opening match of the Emerald Beach Islanders Classic. The Islanders (5-7) recorded a season-high .307 hitting percentage and held the Cardinals (3-8) to .162 hitting in front of 729 fans in attendance.

Senior Brianna Brink led the Islanders with 13 kills and racked up her second double-double of the season with 11 digs. Haley Satterwhite Day tallied 11 kills, while Brittany Gilpin tied a career-best 10 kills on an impressive .429 hitting, and also chipped in five block assists. Ivy Baresh collected 17 digs as libero, while Hailey King pitched in 14 digs. Freshman Kristyn Nicholson dished out 44 assists, just three shy of her career best.

The Cardinals opened with an early lead in the first set until the Islanders rallied back to push ahead 16-15 with three straight kills by Madeleine Doud, Gilpin and Brink. After a timeout by Incarnate Word, the Cardinals tied the set at 16-16 before the Islanders put together a 9-2 run to secure the first set, 25-18. A&M - Corpus Christi hit .317 in the set and held the Cardinals to .080 hitting.

The Islanders carried over their momentum into the second set to take an early 14-9 lead on a 6-1 run. A&M - Corpus Christi maintained its lead en route to a 25-15 lead. In the first two sets, Doud put down eight kills on an impressive .583 hitting. The Islanders held the Cardinals to .167 hitting in the second set while registering a .343 hitting percentage themselves.

In the third set, the Islanders and Cardinals tied eight times before UIW pushed ahead with a 15-13 lead on a 3-0 run. After trading points, Satterwhite slammed it down before the Cardinals scored three straight to force the Islanders to call a timeout. UIW extended their lead to 21-15 before closing out the set with a 25-18 win.

The Islanders answered back in the fourth set with an early 6-1 lead with the help of Brink who put down three kills. A&M - Corpus Christi kept things rolling to pad its lead to 11-4 after scoring three straight with kills by Kirstee McGarva, Satterwhite and Nicholson. The Islanders built a 19-9 lead before clinching the set and match with a 25-12 win. A&M - Corpus Christi hit a set-high .359 in the fourth set and held the Cardinals to a set-low of .000 hitting.

The Islanders continue play tomorrow against Omaha at 11 a.m. followed by a 7 p.m. match against Houston.

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Women's Basketball Releases 2014-15 Schedule http://www.kristv.com/news/women-s-basketball-releases-2014-15-schedule/ http://www.kristv.com/news/women-s-basketball-releases-2014-15-schedule/ Sports - Islanders Mon, 8 Sep 2014 3:10:25 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Women's Basketball Releases 2014-15 Schedule

CORPUS CHRISTI - A 29-game regular-season slate awaits the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball team with today's release of the nonconference and Southland Conference schedules. The Islanders are prepared for a challenging list of opponents, which features 16 home contests and one of the most challenging road schedules in the conference.

"I think we are going to be tested often and especially in November. We have a brand new team and we are going to be putting them out there on the road. Opening on the road is not ideal, especially at a place like UNLV and we back that up with Houston and Rice," said head coach Royce Chadwick. "It's going to be a trying November. I think we are going to learn a lot about our team and gain experience that will be beneficial for us when it comes to conference play."

The season will tip off with the Islanders playing host to Texas A&M International in an exhibition showcase on Nov. 9 at the Dugan Wellness Center. A&M - Corpus Christi will then head to Las Vegas for a matchup with the Rebels of UNLV. It will be the third meeting between the two schools.

The Islanders return home for the regular-season home opener versus American Athletic Conference member Houston Nov. 21 before making a trip to face Conference USA power Rice on Nov. 24.

A&M - Corpus Christi will venture to the West Coast over the Thanksgiving holiday to San Luis Obispo, Calif., to compete in the Cal Poly Holiday Beach Classic (Nov. 28-29). The tournament will feature Kent State, Dartmouth and host school Cal Poly. The Islanders will cap off the road swing with a trip to Edinburg, Texas, when they take on in-state rival Texas - Pan American (Dec. 6).

The team will not have to leave the Coastal Bend again until 2015, as they play five straight games during the month of December at home. A&M - Corpus Christi will play four games over the span of one week with UT - Arlington (Dec. 13), Tennessee State (Dec. 15), then Oakland (Dec. 17) followed by a tilt with Texas Southern (Dec. 20). The team will host Huston-Tillotson (Dec. 30) prior to the New Year to wrap up non-conference play.

The Islanders will tip off their Southland Conference slate Jan. 6 with a matchup at Central Arkansas. The Islanders return home for a three-game homestand the following week against Lamar (Jan. 8), McNeese State (Jan. 10) and Northwestern State (Jan. 14).

Following their homestand the Islanders will be tested with six of their next seven games on the road. The team will travel to Nicholls (Jan. 17), Southeastern Louisiana (Jan. 22) and New Orleans (Jan. 24). The squad will take a slight break from the road when they head back to Corpus Christi for a home contest with Incarnate Word on Jan. 29.

A&M-Corpus Christi will then return to the road for its final three-game road swing of the year. The team will begin at Stephen F. Austin (Jan. 31) followed by a trip to Houston Baptist (Feb. 5), closing out the roadtrip in Huntsville, Texas with a matchup against Sam Houston State (Feb. 7).

The Islanders will play their next two games at the American Bank Center against New Orleans (Feb. 12) followed by a Valentines Day date with Stephen F. Austin. For their final roadtrip of the season, the team will make the trek to Abilene Christian (Feb. 18), before wrapping up in San Antonio with Incarnate Word Feb. 21.

A&M-Corpus Christi will conclude its regular season with three games at home beginning with Sam Houston State (Feb. 28) followed by Houston Baptist (Mar. 5) before a senior day contest versus Abilene Christian on Mar. 7.

The 2015 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament will be held in Katy, Texas from March 11-14. The top eight teams will qualify for the league tournament, with the champion earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Season tickets for the 2014-15 women's basketball team are now available at GoIslanders.com or by contacting Sean Kelly in the Islanders Athletic Ticket Office at 361-825-2255 (BALL).

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Isles Announce Men's Basketball Schedule http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-announce-men-s-basketball-schedule/ http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-announce-men-s-basketball-schedule/ Sports - Islanders Tue, 2 Sep 2014 5:50:52 PM TAMUCC.COM Isles Announce Men's Basketball Schedule

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men's basketball team will play 15 games in Corpus Christi as part of the team's 2014-15 schedule, it was announced today. The Islanders will face five teams that advanced to the postseason a year ago, including traditional powerhouse Georgetown and top-25 foe St. Louis.

"We're excited to have 15 opportunities to play in front of our hometown fans here in the Coastal Bend," head coach Willis Wilson said. "This year's schedule will be a challenging one for our team as we look to continue the forward progress we made last year. I think our Corpus Christi fans will really enjoy the 15 dates they get to spend with our team."

Among the 15 home games will be a pair of games within the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic, with the Islanders taking on Mississippi Valley State and either Radford or North Carolina A&T on Nov. 28 & 29 at the American Bank Center. The Islanders will also play road games at St. Louis and Bradley as part of the event.

"The Coastal Classic should be an outstanding event for our city," Wilson said. "It gives the basketball fans of our city a chance to see teams from a number of conferences, and also gives the fans of other teams a chance to see just how much of a vacation destination Corpus Christi is. We're excited to be a part of it in its second year at the American Bank Center."

The Islanders will open the season on Friday, Nov. 14, with a matchup against Our Lady of the Lake at 7 p.m. in the American Bank Center. A&M-Corpus Christi then hits the road for the next week and a half, beginning with a game at Georgetown on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The next two contests will send the Islanders to St. Louis (Nov. 23) and Bradley (Nov. 25) in the opening rounds of the Coastal Classic.

After the squad plays its two home games in the Classic, the Islanders will follow with two more contests in the American Bank Center. Denver comes to town for a Saturday afternoon matchup on Dec. 6, while regional rival UTSA visits on Dec. 15. After that contest, A&M-Corpus Christi embarks on its longest road trip of the year, heading to Denver (Dec. 17), Cal State Northridge (Dec. 20) and Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 22) before taking a week off.

The final pre-conference tune-up will come against Jarvis Christian on Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m. The Islanders then will open conference play against Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark., for the second year in a row on Jan. 6. The team's home conference opener will be against McNeese State on Jan. 10 in the Dugan Wellness Center - the only contest the Islanders will play on campus this season.

A&M-Corpus Christi will play host to Lamar on Jan. 12 before a one-game road swing to Thibodaux, La., for a matchup against Nicholls on Jan. 17. A Jan. 20 battle against Northwestern State follows, and then the squad will hit the road for five of their next six games - at New Orleans (Jan. 24), Southeastern Louisiana (Jan. 26), Stephen F. Austin (Jan. 30), Sam Houston State (Feb. 7) and Houston Baptist (Feb. 9). The lone game in that stretch at home will come against Incarnate Word on Feb. 3 at the American Bank Center.

The Islanders will play five of their final seven games at home, starting with a clash against reigning Southland champion SFA on Feb. 14 and a matchup with New Orleans on Feb. 16. After road contests at Incarnate Word and Abilene Christian, the Islanders will take on Sam Houston State for Homecoming on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. The final two home games come against Houston Baptist (March 5) and Abilene Christian (March 7).

The 2015 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament will once again be held at the Leonard E. Merrell Center from March 11-14. The top eight teams will qualify for the league tournament, with the champion earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

 

 


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