Efficient Offense Leads Volleyball To Straight-Set Victory over UAB
Mean Green Post 9th-Best Attack Percentage in School History
DENTON - Behind an efficient offensive performance, the North Texas volleyball team defeated UAB, 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-19), on Friday evening. The Mean Green finished with a team attack percentage of .434, the ninth-best mark in school history.
"We've been working a lot in practice on different shots we can take," senior middle blocker Amanda Chamberlain said. "With me pulling the block when the outside has a solo, we made sure to terminate the ball so we can have like numbers like that.
After falling behind to the Blazers, 5-4, in the first set, North Texas (17-2, 4-1 C-USA) answered with five straight points, highlighted by a block and a kill for senior Holly Milam. Milam and Chamberlain each had a kill in another 5-0 run that extended the Mean Green lead to 18-9. UAB (9-11, 3-2 C-USA) trimmed the deficit to 19-15, forcing a North Texas timeout, but the Mean Green closed the set on a 6-1 run. Milam sealed set point with her fifth kill of the frame, which was also the 1000th of her career.
"Any time a player reaches a milestone of that magnitude, you're talking about longevity," North Texas head coach Andrew Palileo said. "It's a testament to her work ethic and her continued focus."
The Mean Green offense excelled in the second set with 13 kills and just one attack error on 21 attempts (.571). The one blemish came early in the frame as the Blazers jumped out to a 7-6 advantage. Milam posted a pair of aces as North Texas rattled off seven straight points. Milam and Teakell each recorded a pair of kills en route to a 21-11 lead which prompted UAB to call a timeout. Errors haunted the Blazers as back-to-back mishaps established set point and handed the frame to the Mean Green.
"Our serving got us in a position to run our offense," Milam said. "It was either an ace or an out-of-system play, so we would get a good pass and be able to run our offense the way we wanted to."
The success from the service line continued into the final set as junior setter Karley York opened up the frame with her first ace of the night. However, a slow start by North Texas allowed UAB to take an early 7-4 lead. A pair of kills for Milam and Chamberlain helped orchestrate a 7-1 run to put the Mean Green back on top. Freshman outside hitter Valerie Valerian emerged in the third set with five kills, an ace, three digs and a block. Chamberlain would close out the Blazers with North Texas' final two kills to set up and clinch match point.
"It was nice to turn around in transition, come up to a good pass and have three options on the net," Chamberlain said.
North Texas hits the road for a three-game roadtrip, beginning against UTEP at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13.
The Mean Green extended their home win-streak to nine games.
Freshman outside hitter Barbara Teakell recorded a career-high three blocks.
With 1,007 career kills, Milam passed Jessica Brown for 6th in school history
Chamberlain passed Carly Collins for 7th all-time in career block assists (319).
Valerian matched her previous career high with two aces on Friday.