Aug 31, 2013
UCLA Box Score
Albany Box Score
LOS ANGELES- The Mean Green volleyball unit played two tough matches in the final day of the LMU-hosted tournament, splitting the contests and leaving NT with a 1-2 record coming back to Denton.
"I thought we had a great weekend of learning both in terms of figuring out where we are in our system and with the coaching staff getting to see the team for the first time in real game situations," head coach Andrew Palileo said. "We improved as the tournament progressed culminating in a win against Albany, and we look forward to the upcoming week as we continue to take positive steps forward as a team."
The first match of the day was against the 12th-ranked Bruins, who showed why they are a national title contender as the Mean Green was never able to find rhythm on offense.
The first set showed promise for NT as Forst tied it with a block at 18-18 then slammed home a kill to take a brief lead late in the set. UCLA quickly countered and won the first set.
The second set was a back and forth battle until UCLA pulled away midway through to win it 25-16. The third set proved no different as attack after attack by the quick-to-adjust Bruin unit was simply too much for NT.
In the second match of the day, North Texas bounced back in a big way, sweeping the Albany Great Danes.
The Mean Green maintained control the entire match and thoroughly dominated at the net, where senior Courtney Windham and sophomore Carnae Dillard found success offensively.
The young setter, Amy Henard, notched 38 assists in the victory.
North Texas returns to Denton for the home opener against UT-Arlington Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
-Andrew Palileo noched his first win as Mean Green head coach
-Every match involving NT in the tournament was a three-setter
-Dillard leads the team in k/s with 3.22, kills with 29 and aces (3) on the season
-Henard totaled 87 clean assists in her first three matches (9.67 assists/set)
-Shelby Tamura leads the unit in digs with 34
-Windham is second on the team with 22 kills and first in blocks with 12 total