Mizzou Too Much To Overcome For North Texas Volleyball
Mean Green Falls To Hosting Tigers In Three Sets, Begins Season With 1-2 Record
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The North Texas volleyball team just couldn't put together the runs necessary to challenge Tiger Invitational host Missouri, falling 3-0 (21-25, 15-25, 17-25) in Saturday's primetime contest.
The Mean Green led only once throughout the match's three sets, coming in the final frame's very first serve.
Mizzou's stronghold on the contest was due in large part to the stellar play of a Tiger front court that outnumbered North Texas 8-2 in total team blocks. Senior Carnae Dillard continued to fire attacks at the opposition, but the height of SEC-member Mizzou allowed the Tigers to bat down the Mean Green attack with ease. Dillard was held mostly in check in the tournament's final game, finishing with 14 kills on the evening.
North Texas committed 21 attack errors and hit just .194, while the Tigers countered with a .411 attack percentage to go along with only six errors. Mean Green errors were especially costly for the team in what would have otherwise been close sets.
Despite the team's 1-2 start to the season, captains Dillard and Amy Henard were among the top performers in the Tiger Invitational. Each player led the tournament in their respective categories as Dillard tallied 68 kills and Henard totaled 118 assists.
Up Next For The Mean Green
North Texas will stay close to home when it travels across the metroplex to take on UT Arlington. The match is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, from UTA's College Park Center.
Dillard was the only member of the Mean Green to earn a spot on the seven-person 2015 Tiger Invitational All-Tournament Team.
Freshman Alex Janak saw her first action on the court in tonight's 3-0 loss to the Tigers.