ISLANDERS GET FIRST EVER WIN AGAINST UT ARLINGTON IN SWEEP
Sept. 27, 2008
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Freshman Amanda Aguilera led UT Arlington with her first-career double-double (13 kills, 14 digs), but it wasn't enough as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi recorded a season-high eight team blocks while defeating the Mavericks 27-25, 25-17, 25-17. The win also marked the first-ever win for the Islanders over UT Arlington. The Mavericks fall to 4-12 overall and to 0-2 in the Southland Conference. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi improves to 3-9 overall and to 1-1 in SLC play.
Aguilera's 14 digs were a season-high while her 13 kills match her previous high this season. Freshman libero Alicia Shaffer led the Mavericks with a season-high 20 digs. Three Islanders registered double-figures in kills, led by Kasey McBrearty's 16 winners.
Aguilera scored the Mavs' first four points of the match with three straight kills and a service ace. Aguilera finished the first set with five kills. Also collecting five kills for the Mavericks in the first set was senior Ally Wade.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi won the first set 27-25, collecting 19 kills with a .286 hitting percentage. There were 13 ties and seven lead changes in the back-and-forth first set.
After a UT Arlington block assist from freshmen Eld-hah Kaswatuka and Anna Schepcoff tied the score at 10 in the second set, the Islanders went on a 10-3 run that included a dominating effort at the net with three block assists, along with seven kills to force a UT Arlington timeout.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi earned a 25-17 second-set win, despite five additional kills from Aguilera in the second stanza. No other Maverick tallied more than one kill in the set. UT Arlington's offense continued to struggle with a .029 (8 kills-7 errors-34 attempts) hitting percentage.
The Mavericks grabbed an 8-6 lead in the third set after Aguilera notched two kills, freshman Emily Shearin added a solo block and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi had two hitting errors before the Islanders called a timeout. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi came out strong after the break going on a 9-2 run before Mavericks head coach Diane Seymour called a timeout.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi finished the third set with a 25-17 win. The victory snapped Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's four-match losing streak and gave the Islanders their first conference win of the season.
Freshman Lauren Carpenter notched her third straight double-figure digs total with 10. Freshman middle blocker Anna Schepcoff was one of two Mavs with a match-high three blocks, joining Driscoll who also collected three blocks at the net. Schepcoff also led UT Arlington with two service aces.