North Texas Fails to Capitalize at Home
Mean Green Upset by Lower Ranked C-USA Opponent Charlotte
DENTON-North Texas fell victim to an upset by Charlotte, second from the bottom in the C-USA standings, in four sets (25-14, 21-25, 12-25, 20-25) on Friday night in front of a large home crowd.
"Charlotte did a great job of remaining patient and defended our hitters well." head coach Andrew Palileo said. "I have to give them a lot of credit for that."
After taking the first set in dominant fashion, 25-14, the Mean Green seemed to tense up and allow the 49ers to take control of the match. North Texas hit an incredible .400 as a team in the first set, but it would all go downhill from there.
"We got a little impatient and when you start to get impatient, your hitters start trying to do more than they need to," Palileo added. "I think we fell into that trap tonight."
Charlotte, led by the swings of Claire Kreuz and Abreia Epps, turned things around in a hurry. The 49ers outhit the Mean Green .321 to an extremely poor .014 across the final three sets of the match.
The pivotal turning point proved to be the dominating performance by Charlotte in the third set. With the match knotted up at one apiece, the Mean Green went subzero cold, hitting -.200 as a team. The 49ers capitalized on the mistakes, smashing 14 kills en route to a 25-12 blowout.
North Texas committed 43 total errors, handing the 49ers nearly half of their 89 total points in the four set match. In addition, the Mean Green was outblocked by a large margin, 11 to 4.
"We have to do a better job getting our team prepared," Palileo concluded. "[We need] to put them in a better position to be successful, so as a coaching staff we need to make sure our team is ready to play."
North Texas (12-9, 3-5 C-USA) will look to rebound when they take on Louisiana Tech (8-13, 0-7 C-USA) in Ruston on Sunday at 2 p.m.
- Junior Carnae Dillard, tallying 13 kills and 11 digs on the night, recorded her 15th double-double of the season. She trails the NCAA-lead by one (Melissa Morello, College of Charleston has 16). Dillard also passed Brittney Gregory (1,425 kills from 2002-2006) into the third spot on the North Texas all-time career kills list with 1,426.
- Freshman Amanda Chamberlain equaled a season-high with 11 kills in the match. She hit a team high .450 on 20 total attacks (a season high).
- North Texas dropped their first match in program history to Charlotte. The Mean Green is now 2-1 in the all-time series, and the two teams are not scheduled to play another match this season.
- The Mean Green has now dropped three straight Conference USA matches, equaling their longest C-USA win drought set last year in 2013.
Around the Conference
- UAB 3 at Marshall 1
- Middle Tennessee 3 at FIU 2
- Florida Atlantic 3, Southern Miss 0
- UTSA 3, WKU 1
- Rice 3 at UTEP 0