Mean Green Secure Thrilling Five-Set Victory Over UT Arlington
North Texas Improves To 2-3 On The Year
DENTON -- The North Texas volleyball team secured a thrilling 3-2 (25-16, 25-18, 25-12, 25-19 and 15-13) victory over the UT Arlington Mavericks tonight to end its three-game skid.
"We went in with a game plan tonight to isolate their shorter outside and really attack the right-side with Alexis Wright," said head coach Andrew Palileo. "The game plan shifted a little bit as they adjusted to Alexis, but Amanda stayed strong and she is tough to stop when she gets going."
The game plan worked and the Mean Green raced out to a quick two set lead, outscoring the Mavericks 50-34 in the process. North Texas also out-hit UTA .352 to .159 in those sets. Wright entered the half leading all players with 10 kills. She finshed with 15 on the night.
The third set started out competitive with the two squads trading points. After three ties, the momentum quickly shifted in favor of the Mavericks, who would not look back and finish the set on a 15-2 run as the Mean Green struggled defensively.
In set four, UTA picked up where they left off in the previous set and opened on a 7-0 run. North Texas would battle and cut the deficit to three, but the Mavericks led the entire set and forced a fifth and final set with a 25-19 victory.
"They made an adjustment and we got out of rhythm defensively," Palileo added. "It caused a little bit of a dysfunction for us, but we were able to get the middles going and get back on track."
Set five had four ties before the Mean Green pulled away and went on an 8-6 run to finish the set and secure its second victory of the season.
Amanda Chamberlain finished the match setting two new career-highs with 16 kills and 29 attacks
The Mean Green rotation continues to see changes early in the season. Alex Janak took over at libero in the fourth set tonight for the Mean Green.
Chamberlain posted a team-high .483 attack percentage
UTA has not won in Denton since 2008
Up Next For North Texas
North Texas will hit the road for the first time this season as the team heads to Orem, Utah, to compete in the Utah Valley Tournament. The squad will play three matches in two days. Friday's match is scheduled for 8 p.m. and Saturday's matches are at 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.