MOBILE, Ala. - The North Texas volleyball team landed a big second-set punch, but South Alabama weathered the storm to knock off the Mean Green in four sets (30-28, 20-25, 25-23, 25-18).
Carnae Dillard provided the Mean Green (18-9, 4-4 Sun Belt West) offense with a match-high 18 kills, but .209 hitting from the Jaguars (12-10, 5-3 Sun Belt East) was too much to overcome late in the match. The loss is NT's fourth in its last five matches.
After falling in the longest set of the season, 30-28, in the first, North Texas used a late 5-1 run, including the clinching block from Courtney Windham, to bounce back for a win in the second frame. The Mean Green hit .400 as a team in the second.
Windham, who racked up eight blocks, joined Dillard in double figures with 13 kills, and Kaci Eaton wasn't far behind with a career-best 10 kills.
After the intermission, the Jaguars responded to the NT surge with a .275 attack percentage in the third, and a 6-0 run midway through the fourth set that essentially closed out the match.
At setter North Texas rolled with May Allen for the entire match, and the senior responded with 38 assists and 11 digs.
The Mean Green returns home next weekend to face FIU (Oct. 19) and Florida Atlantic (Oct. 21).