Volleyball Clinches Longest Streak Of 2015 With Win Over ORU
Mean Green’s 3-1 Win Forces Championship Showdown Against Tulsa Tonight
TULSA, Okla. - The North Texas volleyball team was finally able win its third consecutive match of the 2015 season, downing the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles in four sets. The three straight wins for the Mean Green sets a season-best win streak heading into tonight’s matchup with tournament host Tulsa.
Despite the 3-1 win, ORU was able to give North Texas all it could handle through most of the day’s action, as the very first set illustrated the back-and-forth affair that would ensue throughout the day’s four frames.
In set one, both teams were tied at 15 a piece before the duo of senior Carnae Dillard and sophomores Amanda Chamberlain came to life. By the set’s end, Dillard had five of her match-high 19 kills, while Chamberlain had five kills of her own to go along with three blocks.
The Golden Eagles ran away with the second frame, taking a 25-16 victory in its only set win of the match. The lopsided result was due in large part to an ORU sideout mark of 88 percent - meaning that the Golden Eagles were able to score off the North Texas serve in 15 out of 17 instances.
But the Mean Green bounced back in the third set, despite stellar play from two of ORU’s primary offensive weapons. Golden Eagles sophomore Laura Milos and junior Nika Mostahinic notched eight and four kills in the frame, respectively. However, North Texas did just enough to earn the slim 25-23 set win.
By the fourth and final set, North Texas was able to put together the cushion needed to close out the match, and Dillard’s hitting accuracy greatly improved in the match’s pivotal moments. Prior to the fourth set, the senior had accumulated 12 kills on 39 attacks, but she was able to add seven kills on only 11 attacks in the match’s last frame.
By the match’s end, six Mean Green players combined for the team’s 55 kills. Junior Amy Henard had 40 assists and 13 digs to add another double-double to her resume. Chamberlain finished with 13 kills and five blocks to go along with a season-best .650 hitting mark. Always one to get involved in various aspects, sophomore Holly Milam had six kills, 13 digs and four blocks.
Up Next for North Texas
The team closes out play in the Tulsa Invitational at 7 p.m. tonight against the hosting Golden Hurricane. Each team enters the match unbeaten on the weekend, meaning the primetime showdown will decide the champion of this weekend’s tournament.