NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Shelby Tamura shattered her own Sun Belt season-high mark for digs in a 3-set match, but the North Texas offense remained in neutral in a sweep at the hands of Stephen F. Austin (25-23, 25-23, 28-26).
Tamura posted 27 digs in the three-set loss to the Ladyjacks (19-9), which topped her 21-dig outing against Houston Baptist in August for the best in the league in 2012. The junior now owns four of the top five outings by an SBC back-row player in a 3-set match this year.
Unfortunately for the Mean Green (20-11), Tamura's defense didn't jumpstart the NT offense. NT hit just .065 as a team. Carnae Dillard, one of the Sun Belt's top freshmen, was the lone bright spot with 13 kills and 18 digs.
The third set featured nine lead changes, and the eighth one saw North Texas take a 26-25 edge thanks to a Dillard kill. SFA was able to rebound with a pair of kills to steal the set and the match.
The Mean Green has one final SBC road match at ULM on Sunday at 1 p.m. NT will host its senior weekend on Nov. 9-11 when it takes on Arkansas State and UALR for a chance at winning the Sun Belt West Division.