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. () () Sat, 20 Sep 2014 01:09:33 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 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.

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

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Vaughan, Tierney Named to Southland All-Academic First Team http://www.kristv.com/news/vaughan-tierney-named-to-southland-all-academic-first-team/ http://www.kristv.com/news/vaughan-tierney-named-to-southland-all-academic-first-team/ Sports - Islanders Tue, 17 Jun 2014 5:48:16 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Vaughan, Tierney Named to Southland All-Academic First Team

CORPUS CHRISTI - Seniors Russell Vaughan and Brandon Tierney of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team have earned spots on the Southland Conference All-Academic First Team, the league announced today.

Both Islanders were automatic selections to the team, with Tierney gaining recognition due to his GPA and First Team All-Conference selection and Vaughan due to his Academic All-America laurels. A&M-Corpus Christi was one of just three schools in the league to have more than one player pick up first team recognition, joining McNeese State and Southeastern Louisiana.

"Brandon and Russ were two of the biggest reasons for our success this year," head coach Scott Malone said, "not just for their performance on the field, but because of their leadership. That dedication to working hard and doing things the right way carried over into the classroom, so it's no surprise that they picked up this honor. I'm proud of all their accomplishments in their time here."

Tierney was recently named First Team All-Central Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association. The Arlington, Texas, native was a First Team All-Southland selection following the regular season, the only Islander to pick up first team honors this season. He hit .341 overall on the year, the ninth-best mark in the Southland. He posted 13 doubles, two triples and three home runs, driving in 32 runs while scoring 36 times. He was hit by a pitch a team-leading 15 times.

Vaughan became the fourth Islander in any sport to be named Capital One First Team Academic All-American when he picked up the honor earlier this year. He finished his undergraduate career by earning an A in every class but one for a 3.95 cumulative GPA at the Island University. He also picked up Third Team All-Conference honors in the Southland for his performance on the field this year, hitting .318 with a .456 on-base percentage. He was one of the most improved players in the conference, raising his average 137 points at the plate.

The duo gives the Islanders six Southland All-Academic selections over the last two seasons. Last year, Stafford Brantley, Brad Porras and Jacob Dorris were first team honorees, and Jordan Lee was a second team member. Prior to the 2013 squad, A&M-Corpus Christi had just four All-Academic honorees in program history.

For all the latest on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball during the offseason, be sure to follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersBSB) and like the team's official Facebook page (Islanders Baseball).

 


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Tierney collects First Team All-Central Region Honors http://www.kristv.com/news/tierney-collects-first-team-all-central-region-honors/ http://www.kristv.com/news/tierney-collects-first-team-all-central-region-honors/ Sports - Islanders Sun, 15 Jun 2014 6:25:21 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Tierney collects First Team All-Central Region Honors

CORPUS CHRISTI - Senior third baseman Brandon Tierney of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team has been named First Team All-Central Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Tierney was tabbed the top third baseman in the region, and will be a candidate for the ABCA All-American teams later this month.

"This is a great honor, both for Brandon and for our program," head coach Scott Malone said. "He provided our team with great leadership, both on and off the field. Brandon really played like a senior and carried the Islanders to another outstanding finish in the Southland."

Tierney was one of five Southland Conference representatives on the all-region first team, as he was joined by Andro Cutura (SP, Southeastern La.), Anthony Azar (C, Sam Houston State), Doug Votolato (OF, Central Arkansas) and Andrew Godbold (OF, Southeastern La.). He is the first Islander to earn first team all-region recognition since Daniel Minor did so in 2012.

The Arlington, Texas, native was a First Team All-Southland selection following the regular season, the only Islander to pick up first team honors this season. He hit .341 overall on the year, the ninth-best mark in the Southland. He posted 13 doubles, two triples and three home runs, driving in 32 runs while scoring 36 times. He was hit by a pitch a team-leading 15 times.

He posted a 13-game hit streak that ran from March 30-April 22, during which the Islanders went 9-4 overall. During that stretch, he hit .458, and also registered a remarkable five straight games with three hits. He earned Southland Hitter of the Week honors during that stretch, collecting the honor on April 20, after leading the Islanders to a sweep of Northwestern State.

In his two years as an Islander, he played in 98 games and totaled 109 hits and 51 RBI. He posted a strong .947 fielding percentage at third base, and made just six errors this season as one of the top infield defenders in the league.

For all the latest on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball during the offseason, be sure to follow the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersBSB) and like the team's official Facebook page (Islanders Baseball).

 


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Islanders Soccer Announces 2014 Schedule http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-soccer-announces-2014-schedule/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-soccer-announces-2014-schedule/ Sports - Islanders Wed, 11 Jun 2014 2:19:12 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Soccer Announces 2014 Schedule

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's soccer team will play seven regular-season home games, highlighted by the home opener against Texas, as part of its 2014 schedule. The Islanders will play a total of 17 contests in the regular season, in addition to hosting a pair of exhibitions at the Dugan Family Soccer & Track Stadium in the preseason.

"I'm excited with the schedule we've put together for this fall," head coach Shanna Caldwell said. "I think our non-conference opponents will certainly test us and help us be prepared for the start of conference play.

"Also," she added, "the buzz around our home opener under the lights with Texas on Sept. 5 has been awesome. I'm really looking forward to seeing our entire Corpus Christi community out there cheering and supporting us the way they did all of last season. We hope to continue to make our fans proud of our work both on the field and in the classroom."

With the addition of lights to Dugan Stadium, A&M-Corpus Christi will play five Friday night matches at home. Among these are marquee matchups such as Texas, UTSA and conference rivals Central Arkansas, Sam Houston State and Abilene Christian.

The first opportunity for fans to see the Islanders in Corpus Christi will be on Thursday, Aug. 14, as the team will play an exhibition against Cisco Junior College. The squad will also host an exhibition against St. Mary's, on Sunday, Aug. 17. A&M-Corpus Christi then opens its regular season at Houston on Friday, Aug. 22 at Houston, before following that with road contests against Texas Southern (Aug. 24) and Texas State (Aug. 29).

The home opener will feature the Islanders against the Longhorns under the lights on Friday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. It will mark the second consecutive season that A&M-Corpus Christi has played host to a top-flight foe in its opener, as the squad took on Houston in the first soccer game at Dugan Stadium in front of a crowd of 1,187.

After a Sunday afternoon game at Rice (Sept. 7), the Islanders will return home to take on UTSA on Friday, Sept. 12. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi earned the first win in program history over the Roadrunners last year in San Antonio.

Conference play opens with four of the first five league games being played away from the Coastal Bend. Trips to Southeastern Louisiana (Sept. 19) and Nicholls (Sept. 21) start the league slate, before the Islanders' home conference opener against UCA on Friday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. A&M-Corpus Christi then returns to the road for matchups with McNeese State (Oct. 3) and Incarnate Word (Oct. 10).

The Islanders then play four consecutive games at home, beginning with a Sunday afternoon affair against Lamar, on Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. Friday night affairs against ACU (Oct. 17) and SHSU (Oct. 24) at Dugan Stadium follow, with a Sunday afternoon matchup against Houston Baptist on Oct. 26 scheduled as the home finale. The Islanders will honor their three seniors - Alyssa Miller, Sara Chandlee and Aulona Velaj prior to that game as part of Senior Day festivities.

A&M-Corpus Christi then wraps the regular season with a trip to the Piney Woods, as matchups with Stephen F. Austin (Oct. 31) and Northwestern State (Nov. 2) conclude the year. The 2014 Southland Soccer Tournament is slated for Nov. 6-9 at the Lamar Soccer Complex in Beaumont, Texas. The top six teams in the conference will earn berths into the postseason.

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

 

2014 Women's Soccer Schedule

Overall Pct. Conf. Pct. Streak Home Away Neutral
0-0 .000 0-0 .000 - 0-0 0-0 0-0

 

Date Opponent Notes Result Time/Status Links
Aug. 14 Cisco College Dugan Stadium (Exhibition) 7:00 PM
Aug. 17 St. Mary's (Texas) Dugan Stadium (Exhibition) 1:00 PM
Aug. 22 at Houston Houston, Texas 7:00 PM
Aug. 24 at Texas Southern Houston, Texas 2:00 PM
Aug. 29 at Texas State San Marcos, Texas 7:00 PM
Sep. 5 Texas Dugan Stadium 7:00 PM
Sep. 7 at Rice Houston, Texas 1:00 PM
Sep. 12 UTSA Dugan Stadium 7:00 PM
Sep. 19 at Southeastern Louisiana * Hammond, La. 4:00 PM
Sep. 21 at Nicholls * Thibodaux, La. 1:00 PM
Sep. 26 Central Arkansas * Dugan Stadium 7:00 PM
Oct. 3 at McNeese State * Lake Charles, La. 7:00 PM
Oct. 10 at Incarnate Word * San Antonio, Texas 7:00 PM
Oct. 12 Lamar * Dugan Stadium 1:00 PM
Oct. 17 Abilene Christian * Dugan Stadium 7:00 PM
Oct. 24 Sam Houston State * Dugan Stadium 7:00 PM
Oct. 26 Houston Baptist * Dugan Stadium 1:00 PM

Oct. 31 at Stephen F. Austin * Nacogdoches, Texas 7:00 PM
Nov. 2 at Northwestern State * Natchitoches, La. 1:00 PM
Nov. 6 at Southland Conference Tournament Beaumont, Texas TBA
Home games in bold.
*Conference Game
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Dugan Stadium to Add Lights http://www.kristv.com/news/dugan-stadium-to-add-lights/ http://www.kristv.com/news/dugan-stadium-to-add-lights/ Sports - Islanders Wed, 4 Jun 2014 9:16:46 PM TAMUCC.COM Dugan Stadium to Add Lights

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Dr. Jack Dugan Family Soccer & Track Stadium will be receiving an upgrade in the coming months, as lights will be added to the facility, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Director of Athletics Scott Lazenby announced today. The Islanders will make their regular-season debut under the lights on Friday, Sept. 5, when the women's soccer team faces Texas at 7 p.m.

"Adding lighting to Dugan Stadium, which is already one of the top venues in the area, makes an already outstanding facility even more so," Director of Athletics Scott Lazenby said. "It also gives us the ability to host conference championships and increases our ability to host events that will benefit the Corpus Christi community.

"To play our first regular-season home game under those lights against a nationally recognized program like the University of Texas should make for a tremendous atmosphere and a landmark moment in Islanders Soccer history," he added.

The remainder of the women's soccer schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

The addition of lights will greatly expand the options for both the track and field and soccer programs in scheduling, both for games and practices. The addition will allow the women's soccer program to play its midweek home games in the evening rather than the afternoon, allowing more fans to attend contests. The track and field programs will be able to host more in-depth meets that span multiple days, and should attract larger and deeper fields of teams.

Additionally, both teams will be able to host practices during the evening hours, when summer temperatures are not as extreme, helping the overall welfare of Islanders student-athletes. It will also allow student-athletes more flexibility when assembling their class schedules.

The lighting will be provided by Musco Lighting, the same lights that are used at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center. Facilities Solutions Group of Corpus Christi will supply the electrical work for the four-pole system, which will also be equipped with the ability to be turned on and off remotely.

The university broke ground on the Dr. Jack Dugan Family Soccer & Track Stadium on May 25, 2012 and it celebrated its grand opening on Aug. 23, 2013. The approximately $8.8 million facility is the home to the Islanders track team and the newly-established Islanders women's soccer program. The 15,300-square foot facility, which features a soccer field enclosed by an eight-lane track, hosts Southland Conference competitions as well as non-conference games and tournaments featuring nationally-prominent programs from across the country. There is also seating for up to 1,000 spectators, concessions, a press box, private suites, locker rooms, training rooms, storage, a ticket office and coaches' offices.

 

 


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Pair of Islanders Set to Run in NCAA West Prelims http://www.kristv.com/news/pair-of-islanders-set-to-run-in-ncaa-west-prelims/ http://www.kristv.com/news/pair-of-islanders-set-to-run-in-ncaa-west-prelims/ Sports - Islanders Wed, 28 May 2014 5:16:30 PM TAMUCC.COM Pair of Islanders Set to Run in NCAA West Prelims

CORPUS CHRISTI - Two members of the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Track & Field Team will head to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to compete in the NCAA West Preliminaries, which are set to begin Thursday at John McDonnell Field.

The two Islanders making the trek are Angelo Garland on the men's side and Ebony Collins for the women, both qualifying after strong performances in the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships two weeks ago.

Garland qualified in the 400-meter dash and will run his first race at 7:20 p.m. Thursday and will run the following day at 6 p.m. if he qualifies from the first round. Collins is set to participate in the first round of the 100-meters just before Garland at 6:55 p.m. Thursday and will then run at 6:45 p.m. the following day if she advances to the quarterfinals.

During the Championships, Garland posted one of the highest finishes among all the Islanders, as he made the podium by finishing third in the 400. After already setting the school record in the event twice during the regular season becoming the first Islander to run a sub-48 second race, the freshman shaved a full second off his fastest time during the finals at the Championships by clocking a time of 46.82 to earn the silver medal. This mark gives him the 30th fastest qualifying mark in the west region.

The native of Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, also just missed out on qualifying with his Southland Championship 4x400-meter relay team, as he ran the anchor leg of the event to earn gold with a time of 3:10.03, just .01 seconds behind the final team to qualify.

Collins also was a runner who continued to improve as the season went along, running the best 100m time of her collegiate career during the finals of the event during the Southland Championships, as she clocked a time of 11.72 to finish sixth amongst conference foes. This time gave the sophomore the third quickest in school history - just a tenth of a second off the school record - and qualified her in 41st going into the regionals.

Fans can keep track of how the duo does during the meet by keeping track of live results or live video. Links to those can be found above. Results will also be posted on the team's social media outlets on Twitter (@IslandersTFXC) and Facebook (Texas A&M Corpus Christi Track & Field/Cross Country).

 

 


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McNeese Rallies Past Baseball to Conclude Islanders' Season http://www.kristv.com/news/mcneese-rallies-past-baseball-to-conclude-islanders-season/ http://www.kristv.com/news/mcneese-rallies-past-baseball-to-conclude-islanders-season/ Sports - Islanders Fri, 23 May 2014 3:42:46 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi McNeese Rallies Past Baseball to Conclude Islanders' Season

CONWAY, Ark. - The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team's season came to a close Friday, as it fell to McNeese State 7-5 in an elimination game in the Southland Conference Tournament at Bear Stadium. Brandon Tierney went 3-for-5 at the plate in his final game in an Islanders uniform.

The Islanders finished the year at 31-27, while the Cowboys advance to a 7 p.m. game tonight against host Central Arkansas.

The top of the lineup paced the Islanders' offense, as the 1-4 hitters combined to go 9-for-19 at the plate with five RBIs. Tierney's three hits were joined by two each from the rest of the trio, while Kyle Danford led the team with his two runs driven in.

The top of the order was also solid for the Cowboys, as the 1-3 hitters went 6-for-10 at the dish, with their eight-hole hitter Connor Lloyd also tallying three hits and scoring two runs. Cole Prejean had a strong outing out of the bullpen for the Cowboys, as he gave up two hits and no runs over the final four innings to pick up his sixth win of the year.

The Islanders were able to get on the board early, as Tierney, Tyler Ware and Danford tallied three consecutive singles with one out to post the first run of the game. A walk to Russell Vaughan juiced the bases before a ground ball rolled to the shortstop for a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat for A&M - Corpus Christi.

The Cowboys had a quick response though, as they were able to pick up three singles to start the bottom half of the frame to tie the game up at one. After an infield fly for the second out, McNeese took its first lead of the game with a single to left by Reed Gordy to plate its second run. However, the bottom of the first ended just like the top, as starter Devin Skapura was able to induce a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play with the Islanders trailing 2-1.

After a perfect frame from Steven O'Bryant in the second, McNeese looked to extend its lead in the bottom of the second. Skapura was able to get the first out of the inning, but a pair of singles and a sac bunt to put runners on second and third spelled the end of his outing. Kaleb Keith then came on in a tight spot, but was able to get a grounder to get out of it and keep the Cowboy lead at one.

The game continued its back and forth action in the third, as for the second time in the contest the Islanders were able to string together three straight hits with Ware driving in the tying RBI. Then with runners on the corners, Danford drove in his second run of the day with chopper out in front of the plate, as Tierney scampered home on the throw to put the Islanders back up 3-2.

Keith was able to set down the Cowboys in the bottom of the third on the backing of some nice defense behind him. Following a leadoff single, Frankie Salas handled a grounder, threw it to second and then got the return throw for a 3-6-3 double play. Then a hot shot down the third base line had Tierney sprawling to his right, as he was able to handle it for the final out of the inning.

The Cowboys found some holes the following inning, though, with two singles through the left side after a strikeout. A sacrifice bunt then brought the tying run of the game in to score, while Cameron Toole was safe at first as well on the fielder's choice. This would end the day for Keith and bring Dalton D'Spain on to pitch, who saw both runners advance on his first pitch on a double steal. A groundout then saw the Cowboys jump back out on top 4-3 after the first four.

The lead didn't last long for McNeese though, as Lee swung at the first pitch he saw for the third time of the game, ripping it down the right field line and turning on the jets for a leadoff triple. Tierney followed with a groundout to short, but it was good enough to bring Lee in and tie the game.

The Cowboys attempted to grab the lead back, drawing a walk and hit by pitch to start the bottom of the fifth, chasing D'Spain from the game. Kevin Landgrebe entered the game and got pinch hitter Matt Williams to foul off three consecutive bunts for the first out. A failed hit and run resulted in the runner being gunned down at third before a fly out brought the fifth to a close with the game still tied at four.

This left the door open for the Islanders to take the lead back in the sixth. Salas started things by drawing a walk to chase O'Bryant from the game, while Zack Gibson singled with Salas in motion to put the first two runners aboard. Josh Garza advanced both runners on a sac bunt, while another RBI groundout, this time by Lee, put A&M - Corpus Christi back up 5-4.

In the bottom of the seventh the tying run got to third on some miscues by Landgrebe, as he hit Jackson Gooch, who then advanced on a balk and a wild pitch. Out one came on a terrific play by Lee, as the left fielder sprinted over and made a sliding catch in the gravel in foul territory. Jacob Dorris then came on and picked up the second out on another foul out, but couldn't prevent the tying run from coming in, as Williams tallied the first extra base hit for the Cowboys with a double to knot the game at five going into the eighth.

McNeese was able to get to Dorris in the eighth though, leading things off with a single before an RBI triple by Andrew Guillotte brought around the go-ahead run. Guillotte then came in to score, as James Cantu singled through the drawn-in infield to give the Cowboys a 7-5 lead.

Prejean then came back out for his fourth inning of work and only allowed a two-out single by Tierney, which broke up a streak of 11 consecutive Islanders set down, before recording the final out to secure the win for the Cowboys to eliminate the Islanders.

It marked the final game in an Islanders uniform for the team's five seniors - Tierney, Vaughan, Cody Stephens, Jacob Hubert and A.J. Longoria. The team posted back-to-back top-three finishes in the league in their final two years for A&M-Corpus Christi.

Be sure to stay up-to-date with the Islanders during the offseason by following the team on Twitter and Instagram (@IslandersBSB) and liking the team on Facebook (Islanders Baseball).

 


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Islanders Fight Off Elimination, Knock Off Nicholls 3-2 http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-fight-off-elimination-knock-off-nicholls-3-2/ http://www.kristv.com/news/islanders-fight-off-elimination-knock-off-nicholls-3-2/ Sports - Islanders Thu, 22 May 2014 3:34:34 PM Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders Fight Off Elimination, Knock Off Nicholls 3-2

CONWAY, Ark. - Trevor Belicek threw 7 1/3 strong innings and Jacob Dorris slammed the door as the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball team delivered a 3-2 victory over Nicholls on Thursday at Bear Stadium. The Colonels (32-26) were eliminated from the 2014 Southland Conference Tournament with the loss.

The Islanders (31-26) will now wait to see who they will face Thursday, as they will square off against the loser of the McNeese/Central Arkansas on Friday at noon in another elimination game.

Belicek gave up two runs on six hits to earn his fifth win of the year, while Dorris finished the game off in emphatic style, as he recorded the four-out save - his eighth of the year - by striking out each batter he faced.

Kyle Danford and Jordan Lee provided just enough offense for the Islanders, with each going 2-for-4 with one RBI, with Lee also scoring one of the runs.

Grant Borne tallied the loss for the Colonels by allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings pitched. The Islanders are now 8-2 against left handed starters this season.

A nice defensive play started the game, as a slow roller to Cody Stephens was gloved and flipped directly from the leather to first baseman Tyler Ware to record the first out. However, Belicek left one over the plate to the next Colonel, as Leo Vargas ripped the pitch over the left-field wall for a solo homerun for the first run of the day.

The Islanders were able to respond in the bottom half of the inning though, with Russell Vaughan and Brandon Tierney picking up a single and double, respectively, following the first out. Danford was able to notch the tying RBI, sending one through the right side to bring Vaughan in to score to make it 1-1.

A fielder's choice where David Zorn decided to come home, but was unable to record an out with Tierney able to scamper back to third, loaded the bases for the Islanders. Borne was able to get out of the jam, though, as a grounder to third was played by Tyler Duplantis with him touching the bag and then throwing it on to first for an inning-ending double play.

Both pitchers then settled in over the next two innings, both posting zeros in the second and third to keep the game tied at one. Nicholls jumped back on top in the fourth, though, despite Belicek striking out the side. The damage came with two away, as a walk put runners on first and second was followed by a single up the middle by Justin Smith to put the Colonels up 2-1.

The Islanders came right back again in the bottom half of the fourth to tie the game up at two. Lee and Zach Hardy got things started with consecutive singles, followed by a throw that pulled the third baseman off the bag on a bunt to load the bases with still no outs.

Jacob Hubert followed by becoming the second Islander to hit into a double play with the bases loaded, but the runner did come in from third to make it 2-2 after the first four innings.

After Belicek came back out and set down the Colonels in order, he saw his offense put another single run up on the board to give the Islanders their first lead of the game.

The bottom of the fifth was sparked by a pair of miscues by Nicholls, as an error and catcher's interference put runners on first and second with one away. The bats for the Islanders followed, as back-to-back singles by Danford and Lee brought in the third run of the game for A&M - Corpus Christi. Borne was able to strand the bases loaded though, as a fly out and strikeout brought the fifth inning to a close.

The Islanders did chase Borne in the bottom of the sixth after he hit Vaughan to put runners on first and second, but his reliever, Marc Frazier was able to come in and strikeout Tierney to end the threat. Frazier went on to throw the seventh and eighth as well not allowing a hit.

Belicek found himself having to escape a jam in the top of the seventh, as a hit batter and single with two away loaded the bases. This prompted a long discussion on the mound, but head coach Scott Malone decided to stay with his southpaw. The decision paid off, as Belicek stranded the bases full by getting a fly out.

The Colonels made some more noise the following inning, as a two hit batters with a sac bunt in between those put runners on first and second and chased Belicek from the game. Kevin Landgrebe came on and got the only batter he faced on a fielder's choice, before sidewinder Dorris punched out Smith to strand runners on the corners.

Dorris came back out in the ninth and continued to be filthy on the mound, as he struck out the side to record Ks on every batter he faced to secure the win for the Islanders.

There will be free online video broadcasts of all games throughout the tournament on the Southland Digital Network, which includes Southland.org and the league's free mobile and tablet apps. The championship game will be carried live on ESPN3.

Be sure to follow A&M - Corpus Christi on Twitter (@IslandersBSB) to find out who the Islanders will be matched up against tomorrow.

 


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