North Texas Volleyball Falls Flat In Loss To UTSA
High-Hitting Roadrunner Offense Too Much As Mean Green Falls, 3-0
SAN ANTONIO - The North Texas volleyball team fell in three sets to the UTSA Roadrunners on Sunday (18-25, 15-25, 16-25), closing out a four-day road swing that spanned across the state of Texas.
After a dominant North Texas win against UTEP on Friday, the time away from home seemed to catch up to the team as the Mean Green found itself on the wrong side of a three-set sweep.
“I think our energy was a little down today,” head coach Andrew Palileo said. “Once they scored a couple balls on us we got tentative. You can’t do that when you’re playing against a pretty good team, especially on the road.”
Fifteen hitting errors plagued North Texas (10-8, 2-1) as the team hit .170 on the day, countered by UTSA’s five errors and .396 percentage. That steady UTSA offense was a key factor in the Roadrunners’ ability to hold a firm grasp on Sunday’s match. North Texas led only once in three sets of play, coming at the 6-5 mark in the final frame.
Unlike many teams that North Texas has played this year, UTSA (11-5, 2-0) was able to use a 55-dig defensive effort to limit the play of senior Carnae Dillard, who finished with a team-high 14 kills, four digs and one assist.
The loss is just the latest installation in what is always a tough road test for the Mean Green. North Texas has not won in UTSA’s Convocation Center since 2002, dropping the last four meetings in San Antonio.
The Mean Green will get a much-needed rest this week. North Texas’ next match will be a meeting with the Rice Owls at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 2, from Denton.
• Each of the San Antonio natives on the team played in Sunday’s match. In addition to Dillard’s performance, freshman Karley York had 19 assists and nine digs, while freshman Jordyn Williams notched a block.
• York was the team’s premier setter on the afternoon as she played in each of the three frames. Junior Amy Henard tallied eight assists and four digs in one set of play.
• Dillard is now a single kill away from notching 2,000 in her career. She would be only the second Mean Green player to accomplish the feat, and she needs 213 kills to break the program’s all-time record.