MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The North Texas volleyball team took Maryland-Eastern Shore to the brink, but couldn’t land the last punch in a five-set loss (25-21, 23-25, 18-25, 25-18, 15-13) to the defending MEAC champions.
Courtney Windham was a force for the Mean Green (10-5) with 19 kills on .500 hitting, and her final fifth-set kill brought NT back to within a point at 14-13. That’s when Maline Vaitai from UMES (11-1) ended the match with a kill, capping off a near-unstoppable .529 fifth-set attack percentage for the Hawks.
Carnae Dillard and Karissa Flack landed 13 kills apiece for NT, and May Allen posted 27 assists at setter. Shelby Tamura led the defensive efforts with a match-high 19 digs.
After dropping the first set, 25-21, the Mean Green came out with a vengeance in the second and third frames. NT hit .355 in the second set and .314 in the third, and posted a sideout percentage of over 65 percent in both sets.
North Texas continues play in the Alabama State Invitational tonight against UT Martin at 5 p.m.