Comeback Falls Short For North Texas
Mean Green Battle From Two Sets Down To Send Match To Fifth Set
SAN ANTONIO -- North Texas lost Friday night to Texas San Antonio 3-2 after trailing two sets to none at one point.
The Mean Green (7-11, 1-2 C-USA) had their backs against the wall down to their final point facing a shutout until a late surge gave North Texas a 31-29 third set victory.
The momentum carried over to the fourth set where North Texas defeated UTSA (12-3, 3-0 C-USA) 25-16. The Roadrunners, though, took a solid lead in the final set and were able to hang on for the match victory.
"I thought we came out a little slow but picked it up in the second half of the first set through fourth," Mean Green head coach Andrew Palileo said. "We came out tentative in set five and we can't do that against a quality team."
Leading the way for North Texas was junior Amanda Chamberlain who led the team with 16 kills with a .500 percent attack percentage.
"Our passing and defense really kept us in the match all night," Palileo said. "And Amanda Chamberlain carried us offensively again."
Not far behind Chamberlain was the Mean Green's Holly Milam who finished the day with 13 kills on 41 attacks, which was the most for a North Texas player. Sophomore setter Karley York ended the match with 44 assists, her third highest mark this season. York set a career high in blocks with three.
North Texas senior Amy Henard racked up a match high and career best 25 digs. Her previous high was 18.
The Mean Green will be back in action Sunday at 1:00 pm as they travel to Louisiana Tech the second match of this three-match road trip.