MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The North Texas volleyball team closed out the Alabama State Invitational with a sweep of the hosting Hornets, which gave head coach Ken Murczek his 50th career victory in a school-record time (25-14, 25-10, 25-14).
The third-year head coach reached the 50-win plateau in his 85th match at NT (13-5), which snaps the previous record of 89 held by the program’s founding coach, Dolores Copeland.
And much like Murczek’s 49 other victories, the Mean Green did it on Saturday with a defense-first approach. NT held Alabama State (0-16) to .022 hitting as a team, and forced a sideout on 84 percent of the Hornets’ serves.
Shelby Tamura led the Mean Green back line with 15 digs, and Courtney Windham owned the net with a career-high tying seven blocks. North Texas, the nation’s No. 22 ranked blocking squad, out-blocked the Hornets 9-0.
That defense led to a team .402 attack percentage, which ties for the eighth best in school history.
After hitting .424 against Jackson State earlier in the day, Carnae Dillard led the offensive front with 10 kills on .308 hitting against ASU. Today’s two performances are the top accuracy outings of the freshman’s young career –a combined 4.17 kills per set on .373 hitting.
North Texas returns home to face Big 12 foe Baylor on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.