DENTON, Texas (4/9/09) The top priority of spring volleyball is finding the right combinations that will give the team an edge heading into the regular season. Results are a close second. But after two spring tournaments and half a dozen lineups, the Mean Green has the best of both worlds.
Halfway through the spring season, North Texas has gone toe-to-toe with some of the region’s best competition. The Mean Green has faced off against five teams that finished 2008 inside the RPI top 150, and still boasts an impressive record with a pair of tournaments remaining.
Even more notable is that NT hasn’t played the same lineup from one set to the next, fielding as many as five completely different lineups so far.
“I don’t want to say that I’m completely happy with where we are at, but we continue to show our potential,” said North Texas head coach Cassie Headrick. “We have shown that we are a versatile squad even against some great competition.”
The spring’s first outing, the Texas State Spring Tournament on March 28, crammed in four matches of just two-sets each, rather than the standard best-of-five format. North Texas took both sets off both St. Edwards and St. Mary’s, and split sets with both Baylor and Texas State.
North Texas followed that with a 2-2 performance at the Texas Tornados College Spring Tournament last weekend in Houston. Texas A&M and Texas State nipped NT, but the Mean Green knocked off Stephen F. Austin, a feat that hasn’t happened in the regular season since 1995, and the Western Athletic Conference’s Louisiana Tech.
After a weekend to catch their breath, Headrick and the Mean Green will return to action with a pair of local tournaments. NT heads to SMU in Dallas next weekend, followed by a tournament at TCU in Fort Worth on April 26.