DENTON, Texas (5/22/07) North Texas head volleyball coach Cassie Headrick announced the 2007 Mean Green schedule, complete with 13 home matches and a showdown between the nation’s top servers.
This season’s schedule fires up a host of regional rivalries, as well as pits the Mean Green against some of the nation’s best. North Texas will take on nine of the nation’s top-100 RPI teams, including No. 18 Cal Poly, No. 43 Stephen F. Austin and No. 52 Wichita State.
North Texas will take on Long Island University at South Dakota State’s Jackrabbit Invitational in a matchup between last season’s national service ace leaders. NT’s Brooke Engel led the country with .98 aces per game, nudging out the Blackbirds’ Martina Wagner, who finished second in the nation with .97. Engel, a senior, recorded 123 aces last year alone, snapping the previous school record by 47. With 133 career aces to her credit, Engel will look to pass Corina Marginas’ career record of 160 this year.
The Sun Belt Conference slate could prove the toughest yet, as five SBC school rank among the nation’s top 150. North Texas will look to defend its SBC Western Division crown with home matches against UALR, Arkansas State, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Denver, UL-Lafayette, UL-Monroe and New Orleans.
North Texas will once again host the Mean Green Volleyball Classic. NT will play host to Missouri-Kansas City, Texas State and Georgia State on August 31 - Sept. 1.
The Mean Green is coming off one of the most historic seasons in school history in 2006. North Texas not only opened the Mean Green Volleyball Center, but saw Headrick take over as the program’s all-time winningest coach with 103 total wins to date.
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