DENTON, Texas (4/22/10) - The North Texas volleyball team closed its spring campaign with a dominating 4-0 home-court victory over UT Arlington on Thursday night.
Amy Huddleston paved the way for the NT win with a match-high 15 kills. Rachelle Wilson wasn't far behind with 14 kills as the Mean Green ended the spring exhibition season with a 6-3-2 record and a ton of praise from new head coach Ken Murczek.
"The new staff, we arrived on campus 92 days ago, and we have been pretty demanding of these players ever since we got here," Murczek said. "We tried to concentrate on the processes and tried to get everyone pointed in the right direction. At times we could have played better, but overall I'm very happy with the direction this team is headed."
North Texas raced out to a 6-1 first-set lead thanks to the devastating serve of Sarah Willey. The sophomore dropped in three straight aces to give the Mean Green an early advantage.
The Mavericks clawed their way back into the set with a trio of kills from Amanda Aguilera, and an ace from Bianca Sauls tied it at 15.
Wilson tied the frame at 22 apiece with a stingy block, and Huddleston's fifth kill of the set gave the Mean Green a 25-23 first-set win.
Wilson and Huddleston continued to own the net in set two. Wilson slammed home a pair of early errant UTA passes, and a Huddleston kill down the right sideline gave NT a 13-8 edge.
Roxana Casvean saved a point with a miracle pancake dig, which kept the rally going, and eventually caused a Maverick attack error that stretched the NT lead to 16-12. NT went on to a dominating 25-15 second-set victory.
Neither team could build more than a two-point lead in the third frame until late. Brittany Youman tied the match for NT at 15 with a vicious kill across the middle, and a UTA attack error gave NT a 22-19 advantage, the largest of the set. That's when Youman ended the frame with her fourth kill, giving NT a 25-23 third-set win.
NT found itself in an unfamiliar spot in the fourth set. The Mavericks took an early 7-2 lead, and pushed it to 13-5 with a block on Huddleston.
Wilson and NT responded with five straight points to make things interesting once again, before a Madison Barr ace tied the set at 14-14.
Huddleston softly laid a ball on the left sideline to give North Texas its first lead of the day at 15-14. Another Huddleston kill moments later vaulted the Mean Green to an improbable 19-16 edge, and she also ended the match later at 25-22 with another kill.
After the win, NT hosted around 100 kids in a youth volleyball clinic. For information on all the future North Texas volleyball clinics and camps, please visit meangreenjuniors.com.