North Texas Volleyball Drops Conference USA Opener To Southern Miss
Golden Eagles Defeat North Texas 3-1 In Denton
DENTON -- The North Texas volleyball team fell to the Golden Eagles 3-1 (25-22, 19-25, 25-15, 26-24) on Friday night, marking the first Conference USA action for both schools.
The loss drops the Mean Green to 6-10 on the season and 0-1 in C-USA play. The Golden Eagles move to 12-4 and 1-0 in conference.
Southern Miss out-dug the Mean Green 62-47 in what turned out to be the difference maker in the four-set match.
"Defense was the difference tonight," head coach Andrew Palileo said. "They had 15 more digs than us, and that played a factor in the outcome of tonight's match. They had more opportunities and were able to keep the ball alive and find a way capitalize on those key moments in the match."
Three members of the Mean Green reached double figures in kills. Amanda Chamberlain and Holly Milam had 11, while Emma Eakin tacked on 10 of her own.
The Mean Green were on their heels again early, dropping the opening set of the match to the Golden Eagles. Southern Miss took an early 8-4 advantage in set one, but the Mean Green rallied to cut the deficit to one at 20-19 after an attack error by the Golden Eagles, but failed to capitalize and dropped set one 25-22. Set two was a back-and-forth struggle, with neither team finding a way to separate from the other. After a final tie at 12, the Mean Green ended the set on a 13-7 run, securing a 25-19 victory and tied the match at 1-1.
Both squads made adjustments at the break, but Southern Miss controlled the third set from the first point. The Golden Eagles would lead by as many as eight before extending that lead to 10, running away with a 25-15 victory and a 2-1 lead heading into set four.
Set four, which had 16 ties, was another gritty one between the two squads. North Texas threatened to extend it to a fifth set late, but could not capitalize on set point at 24-23, and fell 26-24 after a kill by Kylie Grandy and a double-block by Grandy and Catherine Repsher.
North Texas dropped its first conference opener since 2012
Karley York recorded another double-double with 38 assists and 12 digs
North Texas' home record sits at 4-5 on the season
North Texas out-blocked Southern Miss 10 to six in the match. This marked the first time North Texas out-blocked an opponent this season.
Next Up For North Texas
The Mean Green will remain at home to challenge the FIU Panthers on Sunday at 1 p.m. The match will be the last home contest before the Mean Green hits the road for three-matches beginning Sept. 30.