North Texas Sweeps Matches On Friday Night
#MGVB Improves to 4-6 On The Year
DENTON- The North Texas volleyball team secured back-to-back victories for the first time this season defeating Louisiana-Lafayette (3-0) and Indiana State (3-0) on Friday night in day one of the North Texas Invitational.
With a balanced attack led by Holly Milam, the Mean Green volleyball team swept Louisiana-Lafayette 3-0 (27-25, 25-16, 26-24) in its opening match of the North Texas Invitational, ending a three-game skid.
Milam, who missed last weekend's tournament recovering from an injury, provided a spark for the Mean Green. She led the team with 10 kills and was second on the team with a .280 attack percentage. Amanda Chamberlain and Alexis Wright tallied nine kills each.
"We struggled hitting last weekend without Holly, and she hit well for us today," head coach Andrew Palileo said. "She was a little rusty in some areas, but we were just happy to have her back on the court. She did a great job."
North Texas took an early lead in set one, but the Ragin' Cajuns chipped away and tied the score at 17. ULL reached set point at 25-24, but a ball handling error by the Ragin' Cajun setter tied it at 25, and NT's Karley York ended the first set on consecutive service aces, earning the Mean Green a 27-25 victory.
North Texas kept the momentum in set two, racing to a 7-2 lead, and a kill by Chamberlain extended the Mean Green advantage to 13-7. Following a ULL timeout, the Cajuns cut the margin to 13-9, but the North Texas offense took over en route to a 25-16 set victory. Wright had five kills in the set.
After the break, the Ragin' Cajuns took a quick lead in the third set. North Texas narrowed the gap to two at 13-11, but ULL extended its advantage to 17-12. North Texas answered with a 7-2 run, pulling within one at 19-18. ULL got to set point, but North Texas got a kill from Wright to draw even at 24-24, and Williams finished the set and the match with back-to-back service aces.
The Mean Green (4-6) secured another 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-19) victory against Indiana State in its final match on day one of the North Texas Invitational, marking their first consecutive-game winning streak of the season.
Three members of the Mean Green reached double figures in kills. Wright paced the North Texas' offense with 12, while Williams and Milam each added 10.
"Alexis has been consistent for us all season," said Palileo. "She isn't just getting kills, but timely kills that really matter in the match. We have been waiting for her to reach her potential. I'm glad that she is playing as well as she is because she really has made an impact for us."
The Sycamores held the advantage early in set one at 8-6, but North Texas rallied to tie it at eight, with kills by Williams and Milam. North Texas never trailed again in the set, securing a 25-23 set victory.
North Texas continued its dominance in set two, as it never trailed in the set leading by as many as six points. The Sycamores, aided by multiple North Texas attack errors, rallied to tie the set at 24. A service error by the Sycamores Kynedi Nalls put North Texas ahead and Meredith Bramer secured a 26-24 victory on a service ace.
Set three was neck-and-neck, with both teams jostling for control early. The match had ties at five, six, nine, 10 and 12 before ISU took a 16-13 lead. Two kills by Williams and one by Wright netted the score at 16. North Texas ended the set on a 9-3 run, securing its second sweep of the day.
Karley York started at setter for the Mean Green in both matches, posting a double-double in each of them York's 39 assists in match two marked a new season-high and put her over the 300 assist mark for her career Meredith Bramer earned her first start at libero against ULL, posting 13 digs in the match. North Texas out-hit ULL .190 to .165. Wright surpassed 300 career kills against Indiana State
The Mean Green return to action tomorrow at noon to challenge the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks, who are also 2-0 in the North Texas Invitational.