DENTON, Texas - Courtney Windham and Carnae Dillard provided the offense and the defense that helped the North Texas volleyball team move to 2-0 on the year with a 3-0 route of UMKC at the Mean Green Volleyball Center (25-19, 25-16, 25-21).
NT has yet to drop a set in two matches, and trailed for just eight total serves in Saturday evening's match against the Kangaroos (1-1), the final match in the first day of action at the North Texas Invitational.
Windham landed a match-high 13 kills and tied Dillard with a team-best three blocks. Dillard also tallied 12 kills to help NT move to 2-0 for just the second time in the last nine seasons. But the potent duo didn't do it alone, especially on the defensive front. Libero Shelby Tamura posted 17 digs, which are the second most by any player in the tournament so far.
North Texas started the first set in a 3-0 hole, but a 5-0 Mean Green run quickly turned into an 18-11 lead thanks to Dillard and Windham, who both landed impressive solo blocks.
A Tamura ace, her second of the match, spurred a 4-0 second-set NT lead it wouldn't relinquish. The Mean Green hit .400 as a team in the second frame.
The tag-team setting duo of May Allen and Camille Cherry scored 17 and 12 assists, respectively.
The Mean Green and the North Texas Invitaional continue Saturday. Lamar and Prairie View A&M lead things off at 9:30 a.m., followed by NT and Houston Baptist at noon. North Texas also plays against Lamar at 7:30 p.m.