North Texas Sweeps Oklahoma In Night Of Milestones
Mean Green Set Attendance Record of 719
DENTON - In front of a record-breaking crowd of 719 at the North Texas Volleyball Center, the Mean Green defeated Oklahoma, 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-16). Senior middle back Holly Milam posted 12 kills, seven digs and a pair of block assists, becoming the first person in school history to accumulate 900 kills, 600 digs and 250 blocks.
Senior middle blocker Amanda Chamberlain contributed to the night of milestones, posting seven total blocks to move to 6th in program history in career block assists (247) and 8th in career total blocks (307). The Lakewood, Calif., native led North Texas with 14 kills against the Sooners.
"Hearing that Amanda also broke a record in the same night that did is just so cool," Milam said. "We've been here together since freshman year. I don't think we could've done it without our teammates, our classmates and everyone else along the way."
"It means a lot," Chamberlain said. "You want to leave something for any other middle blocker or outside hitter to come. Then it's just about teaching it to the younger ones, so that they'll have something to look up to and something to work for."
Chamberlain established the Mean Green's dominance from the first point as she put North Texas on the board with the first of her seven kills in the first frame. However, it was a trio of Oklahoma attack errors that allowed the Mean Green to go on a 5-1 run to extend the lead to 10-6. The Sooners turned the tables on North Texas with a 5-1 run of their own to knot it up at 15-15. The teams went back and forth before Oklahoma jumped out to a 22-20 advantage, forcing a Mean Green timeout. Chamberlain led a five-point run to close out the set in which she had two kills and a block assist.
"We just wanted to focus on playing our game," Chamberlain said. "We know they're a big school and they're from a big conference, but we just focused on doing what we do best."
Set two began as it did in set one, with a Chamberlain kill, before the Sooners rattled off six straight points, led by two blocks and a kill for Alyssa Enneking. Milam and junior setter Karley York orchestrated a six-point run for North Texas, combining for three kills and a block. Errors continued to haunt Oklahoma in the second frame as the Mean Green took advantage of four blunders to go on another six-point streak, making it 14-9. The Sooners would pull within four on Sarah Maras' fifth block of the set, but Milam recorded a pair of kills down the stretch to establish set point, which was clinched with a kill by freshman outside hitter Valerie Valerian.
After getting out to a 7-5 advantage in the third set, Milam helped North Texas pull away with a kill and a pair of aces as part of a 5-0 run. Milam's 11th and 12th kills of the match extended the Mean Green lead to 18-11, and Valerian posted another pair of kills to put match point in sight. Chamberlain's final kill of the night set up Alexis Wright to pick up the game-winning kill.
"We started setting the middles more," North Texas head coach Andrew Palileo said. "We were able to create a lot of one-on-ones, because they had to honor our middles and what they're able to do."
North Texas hosts UT San Antonio in the Mean Green's home conference opener at 7 p.m. Friday.
North Texas finished nonconference play with a 4-1 record against Power Five schools.
Milam posted her second-highest attack percentage of the season on Wednesday (.706).
The Mean Green boast a 10-0 record in three-set matches this season.
Wednesday marks the third time in the last five matches that Milam has not recorded an attack error.