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. () () Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:10:01 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 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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Islanders Fall to Baylor 3-1 Before Sweeping ACU 3-0 to Wrap Baylor Invitational http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-fall-to-baylor-3-1-before-sweeping-acu-3-0-to-wrap-baylor-invitational/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-fall-to-baylor-3-1-before-sweeping-acu-3-0-to-wrap-baylor-invitational/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 30 Aug 2014 9:07:34 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Fall to Baylor 3-1 Before Sweeping ACU 3-0 to Wrap Baylor Invitational

WACO, Texas - After dropping a 3-1 (27-25, 20-25, 20-25, 22-25) loss to Baylor earlier today, the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team (2-1) put together a dominating performance to sweep Southland foe Abilene Christian, 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-22), in the final match of the Baylor Invitational in the Ferrell Center.

Senior Brianna Brink nailed a team-high 46 kills and registered 4.18 kills per set over the weekend. For her outstanding performance she was named to the all-tournament team.

The Islanders will now trek to Edinburg, Texas, to compete in the two-day UTPA Tournament against Texas-Pan American, Northern Arizona and Texas Tech. First match is slated for Thursday, Sept. 4, against the Broncs.

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MATCH 2: TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 3, ABILENE CHRISTIAN 0


The Islanders held the Wildcats (0-3) to just .129 hitting in the match and had an all-around balanced team effort. Brink hit a match-high 15 kills on .303 hitting to power the Islanders who registered a season-best .266 hitting percentage. Juniors Ivy Baresh and Chelby Stanford each notched their second double-doubles of the season. Baresh finished with 10 kills and 13 digs, while Stanford dished out 39 assists and 14 digs. Haley Satterwhite Day also finished in double-figures for the second straight match with 11 kills. Defensively, Hailey King posted 16 digs and Kate Klepetka added 11.

A&M - Corpus Christi controlled the first set early opening with a 14-4 lead. ACU responded with a 6-1 run before Satterwhite put down a kill to give the Islanders a six-point cushion. The Islanders maintained their lead to win 25-18. Brink led the set with four kills while Baresh notched an impressive nine digs. A&M - Corpus Christi held the Wildcats to a .070 hitting percentage, while posting a .208 percentage themselves.

The Islanders' defense was outstanding in the second set, limiting the Wildcats to a set-low .057 hitting. Baresh and Brink both collected five kills apiece while Stanford posted 13 assists and six digs. Much like the first set, the Islanders came out strong to take a 13-9 lead after Kelsee Felux and Brink hit back-to-back kills. The Islanders padded their lead to 20-16 after Satterwhite secured her seventh kill of the match to force ACU to call a timeout. A&M - Corpus Christi held their lead to win 25-18.

In the third set, the Islanders and Wildcats battled early going neck-and-neck until Satterwhite started a 7-0 run to push the Islanders ahead 23-17. During the run, Stanford chipped in two aces, while Brink added a kill and Satterwhite notched two. After ACU threatened with four straight points, both teams traded points until Brink clinched the set, 25-22, and match with her 15th kill.


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MATCH 1: BAYLOR 3, TEXAS A&M - CORPUS CHRISTI 1

The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team dropped a tight 3-1 (27-25, 20-25, 20-25, 22-25) loss to Baylor in the first match today. Junior Haley Satterwhite Day propelled the Islanders with 15 kills while junior Hailey King matched a career-best 22 digs. Freshman Kristyn Nicholson notched her first double-double of her career with 34 assists and 14 digs.

The Islanders started out strong with a 27-25 first-set victory, but the Bears (2-0) answered back three straight wins with the help of their play at the net. Baylor controlled the net 14-8, and was powered by three players in double-figure kills, including Andie Mallroy who hit .277 with 19 kills.

The Islanders came out strong in the first set which featured 12 ties to win 27-25. Senior Brianna Brink led the Islanders with four kills, while Nicholson tallied eight assists and six digs. The Islanders and Bears went neck-and-neck early before A&M - Corpus Christi built a 16-11 lead on a 6-0 run. After a Baylor timeout, the Bears clawed their way back with three straight points to knot the set at 18-18. Both teams traded points back and forth until the Islanders capped the set and the victory on a kill by Ivy Baresh, and a block assist by Brittany Gilpin and Nicholson.

A&M - Corpus Christi took control early in the second set to build a 14-8 lead on a 9-2 run. The Bears responded with a 5-1 run before Brink nailed down a kill to help the Islanders build a three-point cushion. Once again, Baylor rallied back to score four consecutive points and knot the set at 17-17. After Brink and Baresh hit straight kills, Baylor went on a 4-0 run to push ahead 21-19. Following an Islanders' timeout, Baresh and Gilpin teamed up for a block assist before the Bears clinched the set 25-20 with four consecutive points. Baylor hit a set-high .244 while holding the Islanders to a .094 hitting percentage.

The Islanders and Bears battled back and forth early in the third set until Baylor put together a 6-0 run following a block assist by Madeleine Doud and Brink to take a 23-17 lead. After trading points, Satterwhite nailed one of her seven kills of the set down before the Bears secured a 25-20 victory. Nicholson dished out 10 assists and Satterwhite hit .308 in the set.

The Islanders jumped out early in the final set before Baylor gained a 10-7 lead on a 5-0 run and never looked back. After building a 23-15 lead, A&M - Corpus Christi rallied back with six straight points to trim Baylor's lead to two. Brink capped the run with her 10th kill of the match before Baylor captured the set, 25-22, and the victory. King recorded eight digs while Nicholson tallied nine assists and Doud notched two block assists in the set.

 


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Islanders Soccer Draws With Houston in Season Opener http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-soccer-draws-with-houston-in-season-opener/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-soccer-draws-with-houston-in-season-opener/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 23 Aug 2014 4:37:36 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Soccer Draws With Houston in Season Opener

HOUSTON - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's soccer team opened its second season in program history by earning a 0-0 draw against the University of Houston on Friday night. Redshirt freshman Megan Delaney made four saves to earn a shutout in her first career appearance.

"I'm really proud of the way our girls battled tonight," head coach Shanna Caldwell said. "They fought for each other and competed for 110 minutes. This game definitely gives us a boost to move forward and build upon.

"Still, we had too many unforced giveaways all over the field. And we need to connect our final pass more. However, with that said, in our first 90-minute match of the year I was pleased with our starting point.

"We will enjoy tonight," she added, "and tomorrow we focus on the next game. We have to be able to play Friday and Sunday throughout the season, so this will be a good test."

The first half saw even play between the two squads, with both having some solid opportunities, but no top-notch chances. UH earned consecutive corners in the 31st minute, and unleashed a shot on the second opportunity, but it went wide of the frame. The Islanders earned a corner on a nice offensive effort by Hailey Sutton, but Sutton was unable to connect on the ensuing serve and the game remained scoreless into halftime.

The second half saw both teams ratchet up the pressure, but neither able to crack the scoreboard. The Islanders had two golden opportunities - the first on an Yvette Franco cross in the 58th minute, as the sophomore shook her defender and sent a ball across the goal mouth from the left side. But no Islander could find the other end of the pass and the game remained scoreless.

Houston had some strong chances in the final 20 minutes, but the Islanders defense held strong. Delaney was forced to make two brilliant stops - the first diving to her left in the 73rd minute and the second on a high ball that she deflected off the crossbar. A&M-Corpus Christi had a strong chance in the final minute off a free kick, as the ball caromed high in the air in the box. But no player could get her foot on the chance, and the game went to overtime still scoreless.

In the first overtime, the Islanders held the edge in play, and nearly got the winner, as Sutton headed a ball on the near side to Nanna Poulsen in the box, but the newest member of the Islanders was unable to put her volley on frame, as it sailed high and wide to the left.

The second overtime was all Islanders. A&M-Corpus Christi had nearly a half-dozen chances in the 10-minute period, two coming on headers in the box by Kallyn Redona off free kicks from Delaney. Zoe Cole also had an opportunity on a break up the left side, placing a shot on frame, and Yvette Franco earned a corner that sent a ball deep into the box. But the visitors were unable to find the back of the net, and had to settle for the scoreless tie.

A&M-Corpus Christi will be back in action on Sunday, when it faces Texas Southern in Houston at 2 p.m. Updates will be provided as they become available on the official Islanders Soccer Twitter feed, @IslandersSoccer.

 


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Islander Volleyball Picked Third in Southland Preseason Polls http://www.kristv.com/news/islander-volleyball-picked-third-in-southland-preseason-polls/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islander-volleyball-picked-third-in-southland-preseason-polls/ Sports - Islanders Thu, 21 Aug 2014 7:47:47 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islander Volleyball Picked Third in Southland Preseason Polls

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team has been selected to finish third in the Southland Conference in both the league coaches' and sports information directors' polls, the conference announced today.

"This is our highest preseason ranking in program history, and it's exciting to see that others in the Southland have high expectations for us this season," head coach Tony Graystone said. "We know how competitive the conference is and how tough the road will be, but we have a strong, committed team with some great leaders, and we are going to do everything possible to reach the goals we have set for ourselves. I feel really good about the team we have put together and am looking forward to getting started next week."

The Islanders received 118 total points from the coaches and 117 from the SIDs in the preseason poll. Two-time defending regular-season and conference tournament champion Central Arkansas topped Northwestern State for the top spot in both polls, while Sam Houston State was selected to finish in fourth place behind the Islanders in both polls. Rounding out the top five was Stephen F. Austin.

A&M - Corpus Christi clinched their first tournament win in Southland history last season while putting together a school-best 13-5 record in conference play. On Wednesday, the Islanders placed three players on the All-Southland Preseason teams with senior Brianna Brink, and junior Ivy Baresh earning first-team honors and senior Ashley Phelps claiming second-team accolades.

The Islanders have added nine newcomers to compliment their roster of seven returners, and will open the season on Friday, Aug 29, in Waco, Texas, at the two-day Baylor Invite against Portland. The Islanders will host their first match of the season on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. against Southland foe Incarnate Word. The match will be part of the Islanders Classic.

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2014 Southland Conference Volleyball Preseason Polls

 

COACHES POLL

Rk. School (first-place votes)

1. Central Arkansas (8)

2. Northwestern State (5)

3. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

4. Sam Houston State

5. Stephen F. Austin

6. Houston Baptist

7. UIW

8. McNeese State

9. Lamar

10. Southeastern Louisiana

11. Abilene Christian

12. Nicholls

13. New Orleans


SID POLL

Rk. School (first-place votes)

1. Central Arkansas (10)

2. Northwestern State (3)

3. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

4. Sam Houston State

5. Stephen F. Austin

6t. Houston Baptist

6t. McNeese State

8. Lamar

9. UIW

10. Southeastern Louisiana

11. Abilene Christian

12. Nicholls

13. New Orleans

 


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Islander Baseball Adds Ten for 2014-15 Season http://www.kristv.com/news/islander-baseball-adds-ten-for-2014-15-season/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islander-baseball-adds-ten-for-2014-15-season/ Sports - Islanders Mon, 18 Aug 2014 3:37:21 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islander Baseball Adds Ten for 2014-15 Season

CORPUS CHRISTI - Islanders baseball head coach Scott Malone has announced 10 players are set to join Texas A&M - Corpus Christi for the 2014-2015 school year. The class consists of three current high school seniors and seven transfers.

This year's spring class will feature of four pitchers (Brian Allec, Ryan Buss, Wade Harris, Ryan Skoruppa), three infielders (Cody Clarke, Justin Perales, Casey Thomas), one outfielder (Austin Krajnak) and two catchers (Scott Balfantz, Zach Metzger).

"We're really excited about this group of Islanders," said Malone. "These young men will be a great extension of our program in the community, in the classroom, and on the field. I think this is a great finishing touch to our roster heading into the fall.

Malone said credit must go to everyone involved in the program that helped bring this group together. "Recruiting is a collective effort and it starts with the guys doing all the road work," Malone said. "Brett Gips (Recruiting Coordinator) has done a great job of not only adding great players on the field, but great young men off of it."

The Islanders lost five seniors from the 2014 team that finished 31-27 and 19-11 in Southland Conference play.

 


Brian Allec (6-2, 200, RHP, Concord, Calif., Cal State East Bay)

Allec comes to the Island University as a transfer sophomore. He spent two years at Cal State East Bay where he was redshirted his first year and played sparingly during his second year. He was a member of De La Salle High School baseball team that won the EBAL Championship and NCS Division 1 Championship in 2012.

Gips on Allec: "He's a big, physical kid that should come in and compete for time right away. He has a lot of potential coming in this year."

 

Scott Balfantz (5-8, 165, C/RHP, Irving, Texas, Irving Nimitz HS)

Balfantz hit at a .344 clip with two home runs, 37 RBIs and 16 doubles for Irving Nimitz High School this past spring. He was named All-Area First Team Catcher and the District 5-6A MVP in 2014 while helping his team to a school-record 18 wins during both his junior and senior seasons.

Gips on Balfantz: "He's a really versatile athlete. He moves around very well behind the plate and also has the chance to compete for some innings for us."

 

Ryan Buss (6-3, 190, LHP, Dallas, Texas, Highland Park HS)

Buss tossed 52.1 innings to go with 61 strikeouts during his senior year. He had an ERA of 1.61 while leading the Fighting Scots to a 23-13 record. Buss was named to the Second Team All-District in 2014 after his team advanced to the Regional Quarter-Final.

Gips on Buss: "We expect him to come in right away and compete for a spot on the front end of the pitching staff as a starter. He has three pitches that he throws for strikes, a really good frame and unlimited upside."

 


Cody Clarke (6-0, 205, 3B, Royersford, Pa., Cisco JC)

Clarke comes to the Island University after two years at Cisco JC. He brings with him one year of starting experience at third base. Last season, Clarke hit .324 and drove in 34 runs. He also had 12 doubles and two triples as the Wranglers finished out the year 32-22.

Gips on Clarke: "We expect him to come in and plug the void left at third base by Brandon Tierney. He's a great defensive player that has the chance to hit for power for us."

 

Wade Harris (6-0, 180, RHP, Georgetown, Texas, Georgetown HS)

Harris led his team to a 47-24 record during his junior and senior years at Georgetown High School. During his senior season he won six games and struck out 51 batters to go with a 2.56 ERA. He was named Second Team All-Centex and Honorable Mention All-State.

Gips on Harris: "We expect him to come in and eat up a lot of innings early in his career. He can do a few different things for us on the mound. He is good enough to start and good enough to come out of the bullpen for us."

 


Austin Krajnak (6-4, 225, OF, Little Elm, Texas, Grayson JC)

Krajnak is the only outfielder in this year's recruiting class, and the transfer junior brings an array of offensive firepower to the team. While at Grayson he drove in 75 runs and 14 homeruns last year while leading the country in doubles with 20. Krajnak hit for a .386 average and led the Vikings to a 42-14 record during the 2014 campaign. He was named to the JUCO All-American team.

Gips on Krajnak: "He is expected to be our leading power source at any of the 2-3-4-5 spots. He should be a nice addition to Tyler Ware and Cody Clarke in the middle of the lineup."

 

Zach Metzger (5-8, 199, C, Sunnyvale, Texas, Cisco JC)

Metzger hit for a .623 clip during his senior season at Sunnyvale High School. He showed the ability to hit for power as he drove in 35 runs and 12 homeruns. He brings two years of starting experience to the Island University from Cisco College. He was named First Team All-Conference behind the plate while at Cisco.

Gips on Metzger: "We brought Zach in because he is a very good defensive catcher, he really excels in blocking, throwing and receiving. He has the chance to hit for some power and be a great RBI guy in the middle of the lineup."

 

Justin Perales (6-4, 230, 1B, Corpus Christi, Texas, McLennan JC)

Perales will make his way to the Island University from McLennan Community College. The Corpus Christi native hit at a .280 mark and drove in 25 runs during his time with the Highlanders. His brother, Jacob Perales won four letters for the Islanders from 2008-11.

Gips on Perales: "He's a really big, strong, right-handed hitter that has a lot of baseball knowledge and a ton of upside. He should fit right in the lineup at the 3-4-5-6 spots."

 

Ryan Skoruppa (6-0, 190, LHP, Corpus Christi, Texas, Blinn JC)

Skoruppa is coming off a NJCAA World Series appearance with Blinn College. Last season he had a 3.46 ERA in 13 innings of work to go along with 14 strikeouts for the Buccaneers.

Gips on Skoruppa: "I think he can be a great one-inning guy, setting it up for our eighth or ninth-inning guys, or coming in and being a lefty-on-lefty specialist. He has the ability to throw multiple days in a row which is what will make him really valuable to our team."

 

Casey Thomas (5-10, 160, SS, Phoenix, Ariz., Gateway JC)

Thomas joins the Islanders from Gateway Community College where he was a two-year starter. During his two years at Gateway he was the team MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. Thomas hit at a .340 average for the Geckos and holds the school record for doubles and triples.

Gips on Thomas: "He won the Gold Glove at the shortstop position this last year in JUCO. He was drafted out of high school by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has a great arm from short and one of his biggest qualities is the ability to move laterally and cover both the 4-and-5 holes."

 


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Isles Release Cross Country Schedule http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-release-cross-country-schedule/ http://www.kristv.com/news/isles-release-cross-country-schedule/ Sports - Islanders Thu, 14 Aug 2014 2:24:02 PM TAMUCC.COM Isles Release Cross Country Schedule

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's and women's cross country teams have released their 2014 schedule, head coach Shawn Flanagan announced today. The schedule is very challenging and will feature a variety of competitive courses and teams.

Flanagan, who is entering his 14th season at the reigns of the cross country program and has high expectations for both teams.

"We're pumped up about how we can do at the conference meet. Our men have have seen steady improvement and our women have not been where they're used to the last couple years," Flanagan said. "We're looking for great improvements on both sides."

"We've got a lot of meets scheduled early in the season, and we're using those to prepare for the Southland Conference meet," said Flanagan. "We're really excited about some of the places we're going to go. We're going to the Texas A&M meet for the first time in a while and the Alabama Invitational for the first time ever."

The season will kickoff Friday, Aug. 29, as A&M - Corpus Christi will look to repeat its success at the Rio Grande Valley Relays. Last season both the men and women had the top four finishes in the event.

The Islanders will then head to Houston on Sept. 12 to race in the Rice Invitational, which will play host to several Southland Conference teams, giving the teams a chance to see where they stack up against their conference foes.

A&M - Corpus Christi will make a stop in College Station, Texas, to compete in the Texas A&M Invitational on Sept. 20. The meet will include some of the best teams in the nation.

Both teams will then return to the Coastal Bend to host the 15th annual Islanders Splash at West Guth Park. The collegiate meet will take place Friday, Sept. 26, while the high school and middle school meets will be the following day, Sept. 27. The Islanders Splash is a very vital meet for A&M - Corpus Christi because it not only gives Islanders' fans a chance to see the team in action, but also provides a very challenging course.

The Islanders will have one more opportunity to see where they stand before the postseason begins, when they make the trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the University of Alabama Invitational on Oct. 17. Just five days later, the Islanders will make the trek to Terre Haute, Ind. for the NCAA Pre-Nationals on Oct. 28. The Pre-Nationals serve as a measuring point to see where the teams stack up against some of the top teams in the nation.

The teams will have a week off before heading to Natchitoches, La., to compete in the Southland Conference Championships on Nov. 3. The men will look to better their third-place finish from the 2013 season while the women will try to improve from their fifth-place finish.

On Nov. 14, A&M - Corpus Christi will head to the regional meet in Fayetteville, Ark., as they try to qualify for the NCAA Nationals. Like the Pre-Nationals, the National meet on Nov. 22 will also be held in Terre Haute, Ind.

For updates on the race and all the latest information, follow Islanders Cross Country on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersTFXC) and Facebook (Texas A&M Corpus Christi Track & Field/Cross Country).

 

 


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Islanders Volleyball Opens First Week of Practices http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-volleyball-opens-first-week-of-practices/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-volleyball-opens-first-week-of-practices/ Sports - Islanders Mon, 11 Aug 2014 6:17:08 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Volleyball Opens First Week of Practices

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi volleyball team opened the 2014 season this week with the start of two-a-day practices. Head coach Tony Graystone enters his sixth season at the helm of the Islanders' program and returns seven letterwinners from last season's team. The Islanders finished the 2013 season with a 20-12 record, including a school-best 13-5 record in Southland Conference play.

"They are doing a nice job and really working hard," Graystone said. "They are very serious about it right now, and really trying to make a good impression and so far so good. I'm liking what I'm seeing so far."

Seniors Brianna Brink, who received Honorable Mention All-Southland honors last season and Ashley Phelps, who was named the Islanders Volleyball Scholar-Athlete, will lead the way along with 2013 First Team All-Southland Ivy Baresh. In addition, the Islanders return juniors Shayla Maldonado (DS/L), Hailey King (DS/L), Haley Satterwhite Day (OH) and sophomore Morgan Carlson (RS).

Joining the seven returners will be 10 newcomers, including two junior transfers Chelby Stanford (S) and Kelsee Felux (OH). Erica Luke (L), Brittany Gilpin (MB), Madeleine Doud (MB), Kirstee McGarva (OH), Kate Klepetka (DS), Maddy Wall (DS), Kristyn Nicholson (S) and Courtney Warner (MB) will round out the freshman class.

The Islanders came together for the first time this week for two-a-days and workouts as they lead up to the season opener on Friday, Aug 29, in Waco, Texas, at the two-day Baylor Invite against Portland. The team will play their first 11 matches on the road before hosting the three-day Islanders Classic. A&M - Corpus Christi will play a total of 33 matches in the regular season, including 13 home matches at the Dugan Wellness Center.

The Islanders will host its first match of the season on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. against Southland foe Incarnate Word. The match will be part of the Islanders Classic.

For all the latest on Islanders Volleyball, like the team on Facebook (IslandersVolleyball) and follow them on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersVB).

 


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Islanders Take Part in Marine-Style Workout at NAS-Corpus Christi http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-take-part-in-marine-style-workout-at-nas-corpus-christi/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-take-part-in-marine-style-workout-at-nas-corpus-christi/ Sports - Islanders Sat, 2 Aug 2014 5:56:47 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Take Part in Marine-Style Workout at NAS-Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI - For the second consecutive year the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi men's basketball team took part in a special workout at the Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi. The Islanders went through specific drills designed by the Marines on Friday morning starting at 6 a.m.

The workout consisted of two events, the log drill and the pugil stick tournament. In the log drill, the Islanders separated into a four-person team and carried a log that was approximately 300 pounds. As they carried the log around a 0.96 mile course, the Islanders faced different physical and mental challenges that they had to work through to accomplish the drill.

"I think it's an awesome experience and I think it's really important for the development of our basketball team," head coach Willis Wilson said. "Our guys have to get comfortable going places they haven't been before. When you go to the NCAA tournament it's so foreign compared to what you face during the regular season and you have to be comfortable getting out of your routine. I think this sort of training will really parallel something that we will be able to draw upon for later in the season."

 

In the pugil stick tournament, the Islanders battled each other one-on-one in a single elimination tournament. In the end it was redshirt junior Bryce Douvier claiming the title over former Islander James King.

The Marine-style drills today concluded a series of workouts with the Marines this summer. Prior to a competition with the Marines on the campus beach last week, the Islanders took part in a circuit-style training course the week before.

For all the latest on Islanders Basketball during the offseason, be sure to follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersMBB) and like the team on Facebook (Islanders Mens Basketball).

 


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Womens Basketball Coaching Staff #Chillin4Charity Challenge http://www.kristv.com/news/womens-basketball-coaching-staff-chillin4charity-challenge/ http://www.kristv.com/news/womens-basketball-coaching-staff-chillin4charity-challenge/ Sports - Islanders Thu, 17 Jul 2014 6:07:34 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Womens Basketball Coaching Staff #Chillin4Charity Challenge

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's basketball coaching staff along with Dr. Trent Hill, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, accepted the #Chillin4Charity Challenge today on University Beach. Members of the 2014-15 women's basketball team doused the coaching staff and Dr. Trent Hill with ice water coolers to help raise funds for the Kay Yow Foundation.

Coaches across the nation have been taking the plunge and passing on the challenge to others. The rules are if a head coach is called out they have 48 hours to complete the challenge. If they don't, they owe the Kay Yow Foundation $250, and if they answer the challenge, the one who challenged them will owe the Kay Yow Foundation $50. The Kay Yow Foundation has raised more than $8 million for research on women's cancers since it was started in 2007.

Dr. Trent Hill presented his challenge to Stephen F. Austin President Dr. Baker Pattillo.

For all the latest on the Islanders women's basketball team during the offseason, be sure to follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersWBB) and like the team on Facebook (Islanders Womens Basketball).

 


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Islanders Selected for 2014 Corpus Christi Coastal Classic http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-selected-for-2014-corpus-christi-coastal-classic/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-selected-for-2014-corpus-christi-coastal-classic/ Sports - Islanders Wed, 16 Jul 2014 2:43:00 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Selected for 2014 Corpus Christi Coastal Classic

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi basketball team will be one of the eight teams in the field for the 2014 Corpus Christi Coastal Classic, tournament organizers announced today. The Thanksgiving weekend exempt tournament will also see TCU, St. Louis, Mississippi State, Bradley, Radford, Mississippi Valley State and North Carolina A&T take part in the event.

Each team will play four games in the tourney - the first two at campus sites and the final two rounds at the American Bank Center on Nov. 28 & 29. A&M-Corpus Christi will play its first two games of the tournament on the road - at St. Louis and at Bradley - before returning to Corpus Christi for the final two games.

This is the second year for the exempt tournament to be hosted over Thanksgiving weekend at the American Bank Center. In 2013, Virginia won the event en route to a No. 1 national ranking and a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

"We're excited to be a part of the Corpus Christi Coastal Challenge this year," head coach Willis Wilson said. "Last year the Coastal Bend saw a Sweet 16 team and the runner-up from the NIT (SMU) play in the American Bank Center, and this year's field could have just as much star power. It should be a great experience for our team, our school and our city and we can't wait to be a part of it."

The Islanders are looking to follow up on a strong 2013-14 campaign that saw them post 12 more wins than the prior season and finish in second place in the Southland Conference. Wilson was named Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year - presented annually to the top minority coach in all of Division I men's basketball.

On the court, A&M-Corpus Christi is led by senior John Jordan, a First Team All-Southland selection who sits in the school's career top 10 in points, rebounds, assists, free throws and steals. Among the other key returners for the squad are sophomore Rashawn Thomas, who averaged 10.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in his debut campaign, and senior Hameed Ali, who has started 72 games and scored 620 points in his three years for the Islanders.

Tickets for the final rounds in Corpus Christi can be purchased beginning Saturday, July 19, by visiting Ticketmaster.com or purchase by phone by dialing 1-800-745-3000. For ADA seating please call 361-826-4170. Tickets to the event will also be included in the Islanders men's basketball season ticket package. To order your season tickets, call the Islanders Athletics Ticket Office at 825-BALL (2255) today.

 


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Soccer Adds Denmark's Poulsen to Incoming Class http://www.kristv.com/news/soccer-adds-denmark-s-poulsen-to-incoming-class/ http://www.kristv.com/news/soccer-adds-denmark-s-poulsen-to-incoming-class/ Sports - Islanders Wed, 18 Jun 2014 3:22:00 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Soccer Adds Denmark's Poulsen to Incoming Class

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's soccer team has added to its class for 2014 with the signing of Nanna Bach Poulsen to a National Letter of Intent. Poulsen is a talented scoring presence who hails from Ribe, Denmark.

"With her international experience, Nanna is very technical and understands the nuances of the game," head coach Shanna Caldwell said. "Her vision and movement on and off the ball will bring an added dimension to our attack and compliment our returning front line."

Poulsen was the leading scorer for Varde, her club team, which she has played with since she was 14. She netted five goals in the 2012 season for the under-18 squad, which plays at the top level in Denmark. Most recently, she appeared in eight games for the senior team, scoring single goals in each of the team's last two matches, both of which resulted in victories for Varde.

Poulsen joins the five players who signed with the Islanders in February as part of the team's incoming 2014 class. Zoe Cole (Friendswood, Texas), Kimberly Isaacson (Missouri City, Texas), Jacey Love (Belton, Texas), Bri Lugo (Brazoswood, Texas) and Christina Remmes (Kingwood, Texas) all inked NLIs earlier this calendar year.

A&M-Corpus Christi will open the 2014 season on the road with a contest against Houston on Aug. 22, with the home opener slated for Sept. 5 against the University of Texas at Dugan Stadium. For all the latest on the team leading up to the 2014 slate, be sure to follow the squad on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersSoccer) and like the official Facebook page (Islanders Soccer).

 


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