Eakin, Milam Lead North Texas To Victory On Sunday
Eakin Tallies 17 Kills, Milam Reaches 600 Career Kills
DENTON - Emma Eakin and Holly Milam led the North Texas volleyball team to its first Conference USA victory of the year, defeating Florida International 3-0 on Sunday afternoon.
Eakin and Milam paced the Mean Green attack this afternoon. Eakin led the team with 17 kills, a new career high for the freshman, while Milam tallied 13 kills in the match, putting her over 600 kills for her career. BrynCaitlin Walker added 10 kills as well.
"It is big for us to get production from BrynCaitlin and Emma, because it allows us to put Holly back in the middle instead of outside," head coach Andrew Palileo said. "Holly provides a different speed and look for us on both sides when she is in the middle. She had a great match for us today."
The opening set was the closest one of the match, with North Texas securing a 25-21 victory. In sets two and three, North Texas overmatched the Panthers, running away with a 25-16 victory in set two and a 25-14 victory in set three.
"We haven't had a consistent, long-term level of play so far this season, and today we were able to keep our energy level up and play well as a team," Palileo added.
North Texas held the early advantage, 10-6, in set one after a 4-2 run capped off with kills by Eakin and Amanda Chamberlain. The Panthers rallied the set to 21-19 late after a Mean Green attack error, but the Mean Green held on to secure set one, something that they have struggled doing this season.
Set two was close early, with North Texas holding a three-point lead at 13-10. The Mean Green went on a 12-6 run to end the set, and take a 2-0 lead into the break. Set three was dominated by North Texas as the squad led by as many as 12 before securing a 25-14 victory and its first 3-0 sweep in over a week.
North Texas out-hit the Panthers .373 to .146, its largest margin so far this season.
"I told Karley that anytime your team can hit .373 that it is a reflection of the setter," Palileo explained. "Karley did a good job spreading the ball around and running a great system. I am proud of the way she ran our offense today."
The Mean Green improves to 7-10 overall and 1-1 in C-USA. The loss drops FIU to 6-9 and 0-1 in C-USA play.
Today's victory pushed North Texas' winning-streak to three versus FIU
Amy Henard made her season debut at the libero position, tallying six digs, one kill and one service ace in the match
Emma Eakin led the team with 32 attempts, her second time passed the 30 mark this season
In addition to setting a new career-high in kills, Eakin also broke her previous career-high for attack percentage (min. 10 attempts), hitting .500 in the match
The 11-point margin of victory in set three was the largest for the Mean Green this year
Up Next For The Mean Green
North Texas will embark on its first C-USA road trip beginning on Friday, Sept. 30, against UT San Antonio. The Mean Green will play LA-Tech on Sunday, Oct. 2, before completing the road trip versus UAB on Friday, Oct. 7.