DENTON, Texas – The North Texas volleyball team had Eastern Michigan against the ropes facing match-point in the fifth and deciding set, but the Eagles battled back and took four of the match’s final five points to steal the evening (18-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-20, 17-15).
Courtney Windham was a force for North Texas (8-3) with a match-high 18 kills and seven blocks. She was joined in double-figures by Eboni Godfrey (14 kills), Carnae Dillard (11 kills) and Karissa Flack (11 kills). Shelby Tamura posted a match-high 24 digs.
The loss is North Texas’ first at home this year, and its first in five sets. Eastern Michigan (8-2) hit .218 in the win over NT.
The Mean Green rolled in the first set thanks to May Allen, who dropped in a pair of aces and a kill to push NT’s lead to 22-15. North Texas forced a side-out in 72 percent of EMU’s serves in the frame, and picked up the 25-18 victory.
The third set saw North Texas overcome an eight point deficit to tie the set at 21. Hanna Forst, who landed eight kill in the match, closed the set with a cross-court kill, as NT won 25-22.
North Texas returns to the court on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. to face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, as well as Hofstra at 3 p.m.