- No. 20 Western Kentucky (18-3, 4-0 SBC) at North Texas
(17-6, 3-1 SBC)
Friday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m.
- Middle Tennessee (4-15, 1-3 SBC) at North Texas
Sunday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m.
DENTON, Texas – To say that Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee are the measuring sticks of Sun Belt Conference volleyball might be an understatement. At least one of the two squads has advanced to the league title game in each of the last 11 seasons, and they’ve combined to win the last seven SBC titles.
This weekend it will be the North Texas volleyball team that hopes to measure up against the league’s best when No. 20 Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee come to Denton.
WKU is the defending Sun Belt champion, and has won 17 of their last 18 matches, including a 3-1 win over No. 10 Dayton and a five-setter over No. 22 Michigan. The defending SBC Player of the Year, Jordyn Skinner, leads WKU attack with 3.16 KPS. MTSU has struggled to a 4-15 mark after winning five of the last six league tournament titles. Opponents are hitting .240 on the Blue Raiders.
North Texas will try to counter with the blocking power of Courtney Windham, this week’s Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week. She posted 17 blocks on the weekend (2.12 per set), including a career-best 11 blocks in three sets at Arkansas State – the most by any Sun Belt player in a three-setter, and the third most overall. The junior finished the road trip ranked eighth in NT history in single-season total blocks and assisted blocks.
North Texas had a chance to tie the 2002 squad for the longest win streak in school history, but that bid was cut short by UALR in a heartbreaking marathon match on Saturday. NT had won seven straight matches, which was only one win shy of the 2002 school record, before falling in five sets to the Trojans.