North Texas Can't Get Back On Track Versus UT Arlington
Mean Green Falls In Straight Sets For Second Straight Match
ARLINGTON, Texas - As the saying goes, it was one step forward and two steps back for the North Texas volleyball team on Wednesday night, as the Mean Green fell to regional foe UT Arlington, 3-0 (21-25, 16-25, 24-26).
In a match that showed glimpses of the Mean Green's ability to string points together, UTA was consistently put together the runs necessary to gain a lead and keep it.
During the day's first set, it seemed like North Texas was prepared to break its two-match losing streak and add to a 1-2 overall record. The Mean Green took command early, using a six-point run to go up 10-3. But Mavs senior Stacey Koch led the UTA comeback effort.
Koch's efficient hitting - 12 kills on 18 total attacks for a .611 percentage - allowed the Mavs to gain points in bunches. In the first set alone, UTA put together streaks of three, four and five points. This approach quickly erased a deficit and allowed the Mavs to gain a lead they would keep.
An efficient UTA offense and a defense centered on stopping North Texas' Carnae Dillard were the keys to the Mavs' victory by the match's end. The opposing front court was able to keep Mean Green attackers from getting clear opportunities for a kill, and they consistently disrupted the offense. In all, UTA outnumbered North Texas in total blocks, 10.5-4.
Dillard tallied only 15 kills on 45 attacks for the night, the result of the pesky opposing scheme. The senior's 11 digs clinched her second double-double of the season, and it pushed her career total to 1,064, good for fifth place on the Mean Green's career digs list.
Up Next For The Mean Green
North Texas now prepares for this weekend's Oklahoma Invitational. The Mean Green starts the tournament with a matchup against Central Arkansas at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 4. The team will also take on Oklahoma and Little Rock during the two-day event.
Redshirt freshman Taylor Haskins saw her first action for the Mean Green.
McKenzie Christopher, Alex Janak and Mikali Myers each made their first start of the season for North Texas. It was the first career start for freshmen Christopher and Janak.
North Texas has now dropped its last nine sets.