Volleyball Completes Comeback to Win Beantown Challenge
Mean Green Defeat Boston College in Four Sets
BOSTON -- Defense was the name of the game for North Texas volleyball as they defeated Boston College, 3-1 (23-25, 25-15, 25-19, 26-24) on Saturday afternoon to claim the Beantown Challenge with a 3-0 record over the weekend. The Mean Green (5-1) totaled 12 blocks in the match, highlighted by senior Amanda Chamberlain's eight blocks.
"We blocked and defended better as the match went along, and we received more production from our outsides," North Texas head coach Andrew Palileo said.
Chamberlain was named the MVP of the tournament, and junior Karley York and freshman Barbara Teakell joined her on the all-tournament team.
The first set was a back-and-forth affair in which North Texas tied the game from behind on 10 occasions. The largest lead for either side was a 4-1 advantage in favor of Boston College. Senior Holly Milam's four kills in the set would not prove to be enough as the Eagles held off the Mean Green in the first set.
"We had another slow start in the first set and it took us a while to find our rhythm," Palileo said. "We found it late in set one and to start set two."
North Texas responded by opening up an 11-2 lead on Boston College to begin the second set, highlighted by a pair of block assists by Chamberlain, Milam and freshman Valerie Valerian, who finished the match with a career-high four blocks. The trio each recorded a kill to set up senior Alexis Wright's set-clinching point to even the match at 1-1.
Valerian and Teakell were on display in the third set as each recorded four kills and a block assist. Teakell's third-set highlight came when she followed up her eighth kill with an ace to give the Mean Green a 20-16 lead. Valerian posted back-to-back kills to put set point in sight, earning it on a block alongside Milam.
In the fourth set, Teakell erupted for nine kills, including a string of five straight for North Texas to increase their lead to 14-8. Her second of the set earned her a second-straight double-double for the weekend, and Teakell's final kill of the afternoon gave the Mean Green a 23-21 advantage. York recorded her first kill of the day to set up match point and sealed the match with an ace.
"I think Barb did a great job this weekend," Palileo said. "As a staff, we found out what kind of competitor she really is."
The Mean Green return home to host the North Texas Challenge on Sept. 8-9. North Texas will face Oregon State at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening.
• North Texas has won both of their tournaments this season with a combined 5-0 record.
• The Mean Green extend their winning streak to four games.
• Teakell finished the weekend with 42 kills.
•North Texas finished each set with an above-.300 attack percentage.
•After recording her first collegiate double-double on Friday, Teakell followed up with another (17 kills, 14 digs).