Dillard Has Masterful Offensive Performance In Loss To Marshall
#MGVB's Carnae Dillard Makes History, NT Falls to Marshall in Four
DENTON, Texas – Despite a 3-1 loss at the hands of Marshall, the Mean Green’s young star, sophomore Carnae Dillard, made North Texas volleyball history with her offensive performance.
North Texas flew out of the gate, winning the first set, but the Thundering Herd controlled the next two. It was in the fourth frame that the match got interesting. Marshall controlled the set, but North Texas, behind an in-the-zone Dillard, stormed back, almost forcing a fifth set.
“We lost as a team today,” head coach Andrew Palileo said. “We didn’t do a lot of things well, and Marshall came out and played with a little more passion than we did.”
In the end, Marshall held off the Mean Green’s furious rally, moving to 4-2 in C-USA play, the same mark North Texas now holds in the league.
Despite the outcome, the sophomore from San Antonio tied her career high in kills in a single match with 31.
“I wanted the ball,” Dillard said. “I tell Amy I want the ball, give me the ball. And I know sometimes you can want it when you just don’t have it, but I don’t let myself get caught up in all of that.”
With her performance, she cracked the NT top-10 all-time career kills list, claiming sole possession of ninth place in the record books, as she now has 875 in 59 career matches.
Senior captain Shelby Tamura dug up a season-high 22 balls, and Dillard added 19, giving her a team-high 17th double-double on the year.
Stat of the Day
Dillard is now ninth all time in North Texas history in career kills (875) as a sophomore.
North Texas volleyball will hit the road for a match at UAB on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.