Volleyball Holds Off LA Tech Run, Picks Up 12th Win of Season
Carnae Dillard Puts Down 27 Kills In Four-Set Win
RUSTON, La. - The North Texas volleyball team was able to fight off a surging Louisiana Tech squad on Friday night, eventually downing the Lady Techsters in four sets (25-17, 25-20, 17-25, 27-25).
While the Mean Green used a .379 hitting mark to jump out to a quick 2-0 lead in the match, LA Tech turned the tide after the intermission, stringing together enough runs to take the third frame and force extra points in the fourth set.
In what truly was a tale of two halves, LA Tech (6-12, 0-5) came out hot from the halftime intermission, jumping out to an eight-point lead in what ultimately resulted in a 25-17 loss for the Mean Green in set three.
The beginning of the fourth frame was much of the same, as North Texas (12-8, 4-1) found itself down five points in the set’s early minutes. But the Mean Green battled back, eventually tying the set at 23-23 before outside hitter Carnae Dillard did what she does best.
The senior captain powered down three kills in the team’s final four points, good enough to seal the Mean Green victory. She ended the night with 27 total kills, the most for a four-set match in Conference USA this season. Her .339 hitting percentage was her fifth-best mark of 2015.
Returning to the court for the first time in two weeks, sophomore middle blocker Amanda Chamberlain made an immediate impact, earning four of her eight kills in the first set alone. Additionally, junior setter Amy Henard earned her eighth double-double of the season with her 43 assist, 13 dig performance.
While the contest was closer than head coach Andrew Palileo would’ve liked, the Mean Green skipper saw Friday’s match as the ideal learning opportunity.
“Our team did a good job of hanging in there, coming together and realizing that when the moment comes in the match, you have to be able to step in and make plays.”
North Texas will take on Marshall at 12 p.m. CT on Sunday from the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, W. Va.
• The Carnae Dillard kills countdown rages on as the outside hitter moves closer to breaking the program’s all-time record. She is now 155 kills away from doing just that.
• Henard is 54 assists away from becoming the fifth member of NT’s 3,000 assist club.
• For the second straight match, freshman Hannah Shaw had 11 kills. Prior to those performances, Shaw hadn’t registered double-figure kills since the very first match of the season, a 15-kill performance against Winthrop.
• At 4-1 in conference play, North Texas sits at third in the current league standings. WKU (18-2, 5-0) and Southern Miss (17-5, 4-1) come in at first and second, respectively.