Mean Green Volleyball Drops Five-Set Thriller To FAU
York Sets New Career-High With 60 Assists
Oct. 16, 2016
DENTON - The North Texas volleyball team lost in heartbreaking fashion Sunday afternoon, dropping a Conference USA match, 3-2, to Florida Atlantic, snapping the Mean Green's three-match winning streak.
The Mean Green (10-12, 4-3) lost the first two sets 25-19, but rallied to tie the match at 2-2 after back-to-back victories of their own in sets three and four. FAU (10-10, 5-1) was able to regain its footing in set five, securing a 15-13 victory in the fifth and final set.
"We had more energy in the third and fourth sets, but FAU took advantage and put us on our heels early," head coach Andrew Palileo said. "We are not in a position where we can just turn it around after a slow start. We almost did it today, but FAU's defense ended up being the difference."
The Owls outdid the Mean Green in the dig category as the visiting squad collected 64 to the Mean Green's 48. Amy Henard led all players with 18 digs, but FAU had four players reach double-digits in the dig category.
Jordyn Williams entered the starting lineup for the Mean Green in set three, providing a major spark for the team off the bench. Williams logged 10 kills in three sets, with five of those coming in set four alone.
"We made an adjustment to put Jordyn in the match, so we could move Holly outside. She did a great job coming in and making an impact for us on both sides of the net," Palileo added.
FAU controlled the tempo in the first two frames behind a .350 attack percentage opposed to North Texas' .129.
North Texas fell behind again in set three, but rallied to take the lead at 12-10 after a 5-2 run. The Mean Green maintained their lead in the set, holding on to secure its first set victory of the match 25-22. The Mean Green forced a fifth-and-final set with a 25-23 victory in set four.
In the fifth set, FAU jumped out to a commanding 5-2 lead, later extending it to 11-4 in the set. Though trailing by seven, the Mean Green would not go down quietly, and rallied to cut the lead to 13-12 after several attack errors by the Owls and a three kills by Wright. FAU took it to set point and was able to secure a 15-13 set victory and its 10th win of the season.
Karley York recorded 60 assists in the match, a new career high for the sophomore setter. Her previous high was 58 versus Arkansas-Little Rock on Sept. 17
Jordyn Williams recorded 10 kills, the third time this season she has reached double-digits
Holly Milam logged 16 kills in the match, tying a career high for the junior
North Texas' serving was strong again today, recording five aces in the match
North Texas in now 2-3 in five-set matches this season
Up Next For The Mean Green
The Mean Green will remain at home to challenge the Charlotte 49ers on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. to complete their three-match home stand.