Volleyball Sweeps Oregon State In North Texas Challenge Opener
Mean Green Hand Beavers First Loss
DENTON – Four North Texas volleyball players registered double-digit kills as the Mean Green defeated Oregon State, 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-22) in the team’s opening game of the North Texas Challenge. Freshman outside hitter Barbara Teakell paced the Mean Green with 15 kills, while fellow freshman Valerie Valerian and seniors Alexis Wright and Amanda Chamberlain each had 10.
“Our main focus was not to let anyone outwork us in our home gym and to establish tempo early on,” Mean Green head coach Andrew Palileo said. “Oregon State is a good team and they do a lot of things well, so we tried to minimize as much as we could and focus on what we wanted to do to attack them.”
”All of our hard work finally came together,” said junior setter Karley York, who put up a season-high 48 assists in the win.
Teakell led the way in establishing the early tempo with seven kills in the first set. The Celina, Texas, native had four of the team’s six kills as part of a 9-3 North Texas run that gave the Mean Green a 15-11 advantage. Valerian registered her third and fourth kills of the night to set up set point and seal the set, while recording seven digs in the opening frame.
“The more [Teakell] can play her game and her style, it’s growing her confidence,” Palileo said. “We’re just going to let her play. Right now, she’s getting it done.”
The second set belonged primarily to North Texas’ veteran players as a pair of kills each for Wright and Chamberlain highlighted a 8-1 run that opened the Mean Green’s advantage to 16-7. The duo and fellow senior Holly Milam combined for 10 of North Texas’ 17 kills in the set. Milam’s third of the frame cued up set point, which was earned on an Oregon State service error.
In the final set, Teakell picked up right where she left off in the first set with two early kills as the Mean Green jumped out to a 6-1 lead. The newcomer once again handed the torch off to the seniors, who recorded North Texas’ final four kills on the way to the straight-set victory.”
“Our focus as a team was having fun and enjoying the moment,” Teakell said, “because you don’t get too many moments like that.”
The Mean Green take on New Orleans at 11 a.m. and Campbell at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the North Texas Volleyball Center.
• Friday’s win marked the 100th appearance of Milam’s North Texas career.
• The Mean Green extended their win streak to five games, the longest since a 10-game streak at the end of the 2014 season.
• Teakell has double-digit kills in her last four games, accumulating 57 kills in that span.
• Palileo is 4-3 against the Beavers alltime with a 3-3 record in his tenure as the Washington State head coach.
• Valerian’s 12 digs mark a new career high for the Sugar Land, Texas, native.
• Henrianna Ibarra recorded her first collegiate ace to give North Texas an 11-3 lead in the final set.