BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The North Texas volleyball team was on the brink of the second NCAA Tournament bid in school history, but fell just short in a 3-0 loss to No. 17 Western Kentucky in the Sun Belt Tournament final (25-17, 25-19, 25-22).
In what will go down as one of the greatest seasons in school history, third seeded North Texas (25-12) advanced to its first Sun Belt Tournament final but ran into a buzz saw in the top seeded Hilltoppers (32-3). WKU lost just one set against Sun Belt foes all season, and hosted the SBC Tournament on their home floor, E.A. Diddle Arena.
NT won the Sun Belt West Division title for the second time in three year under Ken Murczek, and recorded 25 wins - the second most in school history, and just one behind the school record set in 1977. The Mean Green will have a chance to tie that mark when it faces SMU in the season finale on Nov. 21 in Dallas.
Carnae Dillard, the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, led the match with 18 kills to cap off an outstanding SBC Tournament. Dillard averaged 6.45 kills per set on .257 hitting and 2.73 digs per set in the league showdown.
But the WKU combo of Paige Wessel and Jordyn Skinner were too much for NT. The pair had 11 kills each in leading the Hilltoppers to a .229 team attack percentage and their second straight Sun Belt championship.
NT's Courtney Windham and Karissa Flack posted team-high four kills, while Shelby Tamura posted a match-high-tying 14 digs.