BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The North Texas volleyball team
advanced to the Sun Belt Tournament semifinals for a third straight year with a
3-1 victory over No. 6 Middle Tennessee (25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 25-22).
The win ties the No. 3 seed Mean Green (24-11) with the historic
1995 NCAA Tournament North Texas squad for the second most wins in school
history, and scores a measure of revenge against the Blue Raiders – the team that
eliminated NT from the last two SBC Tournaments.
North Texas will now take on No. 2 Troy on Friday at 4 p.m.
for the right to advance to the SBC title match, which is something North Texas
has never done. Troy hit .306 in downing NT in October at Sartain Hall.
Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, Carnae Dillard, led the Mean
Green with 22 kills, while a match-high 17 digs from Shelby Tamura helped throw
off Middle Tennessee (10-23) just enough. MTSU hit.203 hitting as a team, but
couldn’t keep up with the Mean Green’s .236 attack percentage.
After dropping the third set, Eboni Godfrey sent back the
set tying block, and Dillard gave North Texas its first lead of the
fourth frame at 14-13 with a service ace up the pipe. NT wouldn’t stop until
Karissa Flack gave the Mean Green match point, and a Blue Raider attack error
Joining Dillard in double figure kills were Courtney Windham
(13) and Flack (11). Windham and Dillard teamed up this year to become the
first North Texas duo to ever earn first-team all-conference selections in the