Volleyball Takes Tournament Championship In Sweep Of Tulsa
Mean Green Down Tournament Host, Move To 9-6 On The Year
TULSA, Okla. - The North Texas volleyball team extended its winning streak to four matches en route to the Tulsa Invitational championship on Saturday evening, dominating the Golden Hurricanes with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-12) victory from the Reynolds Center.
“I think overall we played better and better throughout the weekend,” head coach Andrew Palileo said. “I knew we could keep up with Tulsa offensively, but I thought we played really well on the defensive side of the net. Overall we got better and that’s what you try to do in these tournaments.”
The Mean Green simply had too much firepower for the Golden Hurricane in the weekend finale. North Texas hit .361 on the night, the team’s second-best mark of the year, while Tulsa totaled a .158 percentage. As had been the case for the entire weekend, all-tournament selections Carnae Dillard, Holly Milam and Amanda Chamberlain came up big for the Mean Green.
Dillard, the tournament’s MVP, finished the day with 20 kills and 10 digs. Also joining Dillard in the double-double category was Milam, who notched her first of the season with 11 kills and 16 digs. Chamberlain landed six kills and three blocks on the night.
Errors plagued Tulsa in the early stages of the match, putting the host team in a hole that proved costly. The Golden Hurricane climbed back in the first frame, eventually tying it up at 22-22 before Dillard and Milam combined for the set’s final three points.
Fortunately for the Mean Green, the second and third frames weren’t as closely contested. North Texas had 14 kills on .257 hitting in the second and 18 kills on a .405 mark in the third to take down Tulsa, who hit just .108 and .051 in the second and third sets, respectively.
Now with a 9-6 overall record, the Mean Green has seen how much can change with a week of volleyball. Just last Saturday, North Texas was coming off a three-set loss to Houston and was sitting at 5-6 on the year. Since that time, the team has dropped only one set and has manufactured its best winning streak of the season.
“These last three or four matches have been a good start to what we’re trying to do but we have to continue to work hard,” Palileo said. “We want to enjoy this tournament win and get back to work on Monday and Tuesday.”
The Mean Green will host the Baylor Bears at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22, from the North Texas Volleyball Center.
• The team’s nine attack errors was its fewest of the season, and it was the program’s lowest total in that category since Nov. 1, 2013, when North Texas had five attack errors in a win over Louisiana Tech.
• The Mean Green now have four sweeps on the season. Three of those came in the last week.
• Redshirt freshman Taylor Haskins notched her first collegiate kill in tonight’s match. She finished with two kills on six total attacks.