Mean Green Struggles On First Road Trip Of 2016
Team Returns Home For Three Matches Next Weekend
OREM, Utah – The North Texas Mean Green dropped both of their matches Saturday on day two of the Utah Valley Invitational.
North Texas opened day two of the Utah Valley Invitational against the San Jose State Spartans, and struggled to find its rhythh as the Spartans won 3-1.
The teams traded leads early in sets one and two, but San Jose State went on runs that North Texas could not stop, which led to the Mean Green dropping both sets (25-23 and 25-21). Emma Eakin led all players with 10 kills heading into the break.
“We came out a little flat today and put ourselves on our heels early,” head coach Andrew Palileo said. “We fought back in sets three and four, but we couldn’t come up with enough big plays to pull out the win.”
The Mean Green went into the break down two sets, but came out scoring at will in set three. The Mean Green dominated the set, aided by several attack errors by the Spartans, leading by as much as 10-points, before defeating the Spartans 25-15, claiming a set win and forcing a fourth set.
North Texas and San Jose State jostled for control early in set four, with neither being able to pull away. The Spartants inched ahead 14-13, but two kilsl by Jordyn Williams gave the Mean Green a 15-14 lead. After six ties, the Spartans took it to set-point first at 24-22, but back-to-back kills by Williams and Chelsea Abii tied the score at 24. The Mean Green would have the opportunity to force a fifth and final set, but were unable to capitalize on a 26-25 lead and eventually fell 28-26.
In its second match of the day, North Texas continued to struggle on both sides of the ball.
North Texas fell behind early, and was unable to keep pace with Southern Utah, losing, 3-0, in its final match of the wekend.
Southern Utah controlled set one behind a strong offensive showing en route to a 25-13 set victory.
The Mean Green were playing from behind again in set two, but rallied to tie at 10-10 after a couple attack errors by the Thunderbird offense. The squadswere neck and neck, until the Thunderbirds distanced themselves from North Texas late in the set, claiming a 25-20 win. Southern Utah took set three 25-17, improving its record to 2-4 on the season.
The Mean Green’s record now sits at 2-6.
• Karley York posted a double-double in each of today's matches, tallying 27 assists and 18 digs in the loss against San Jose State and 27 assists and 10 digs in the loss against Southern Utah
• Emma Eakin led North Texas with 14 kills against San Jose State
• Today was the first time North Texas had played either school
• Alexis Wright led the Mean Green with 11 kills in match two
• Amanda Chamberlain was named to the All-Tournament team after collecting 40 kills in the tournament, including a career-high 18 on Friday night
Sierra Starley, Utah Valley
Nakisha Willden, Utah Valley
Macky Fifita, Southern Utah
Chennin Benson, Southern Utah
Giulia Gavio, San José State
Amanda Chamberlain, North Texas
MVP - Kiahna Vernon, Utah Valley
Up Next For The Mean Green
The Mean Green will return home to host their second tournament of the season, the North Texas Invitational. The tournament begins on Fri., Sept. 9, and ends on Sat., Sept. 10. UNC-Wilmington, UL-Lafayette and Indiana State will head to Denton to compete in the tournament. North Texas' game times are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday.