Lady Toppers Too Much For Mean Green In 3-0 Loss
Amy Henard Secures Third Place Slot For Career Assists
Bowling Green, Ky. -- The North Texas volleyball team dropped Thursday's Conference USA road contest 3-0 (29-27, 25-18, 25-22) to No. 20 Western Kentucky at E.A. Diddle Arena.
"Tonight was one of those matches that I thought we played really well for 90 percent of it," head coach Andrew Palileo said. "Our energy, focus and execution was very good and we put ourselves in a position to win, but I'm disappointed that we couldn't finish."
Amy Henard logged 29 assists in the match to bring her career total to 3,762, moving her into third place for career assists ahead of Kayla Saey's mark of 3,754 set between 2008-11.
Not finishing was the story of the match for North Texas (12-16, 6-7 C-USA), as it let late leads slip away in sets one and three.
In the opening frame, the Lady Toppers took a quick 5-1 lead, but North Texas responded and went on a 7-3 run, taking its first lead, 9-8, on two kills by Amanda Chamberlain and two blocks from Jordyn Williams and Alexis Wright.
North Texas extended its lead to five late in the frame, and took the No. 20 team in the nation to set point, but couldn't capitalize as WKU (27-2, 14-0 C-USA) went on a 6-0 run to regain the lead, 25-24. After a service error by the Lady Toppers netted the set at 25, the Mean Green earned set point once again, but faltered and dropped the opening frame 29-27.
The Mean Green held the momentum in the early stages of set two. With North Texas up 13-11, the Lady Toppers went on a 6-0 run aided by three North Texas attack errors to flip the Mean Green's two-point lead into a four-point deficit. WKU wouldn't trail again in the set, earning a 25-18 victory and a 2-0 match lead.
In set three, WKU raced out to an early lead, but three-consecutive kills from Holly Milam got the Mean Green back in it, and Amanda Chamberlain gave the Mean Green a 13-12 lead with a kill of her own.
WKU forced a North Texas timeout after rallying to tie the set at 17, but two more kills from Milam and another from Williams gave the Mean Green a 20-17 lead, its largest of the set. The Mean Green couldn't finish and stumbled down the stretch, dropping the final set 25-22.
"We're looking forward to playing Middle Tennessee on Saturday and finishing the conference season with a win," Palileo added.
• Milam's 14 kills pushed her streak to nine-consecutive matches with double-digit kills
• Alex Janak started as a defensive specialist for the first time this season
• North Texas out-blocked the Lady Toppers 9-8. Alexis Wright led the way for North Texas with five blocks. She also had eight kills and a .500 attack percentage in the match
• Jordyn Williams had five blocks and five kills in the match
• North Texas drops to 1-19 in the series against WKU
• This is the fifth-straight match WKU has won in straight sets
Up next for North Texas
The Mean Green will play their final regular season conference match against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on Saturday at noon in Murfreesboro, Tn.