NT Volleyball at Lamar Invitational
at Lamar (0-0) - Friday, 6:30 p.m.
vs. Houston Baptist (0-0) Saturday, 10 a.m.
vs. Texas Southern (0-0) - Saturday, 4:30 p.m.
Live Stats: gobearkats.com
BEAUMONT, Texas - In 2010, the North Texas volleyball program posted the nation's 24th biggest turnaround, going from 12 to 20 wins in just a year's time. While it shows the squad is heading in the right direction, it's a distinction that head coach Ken Murczek never wants to be apart of again.
Heading into this weekend's season opening weekend at the Lamar Invitational the second-year coach sees the Mean Green as a program capable of consistent winning, and he's excited the rest of the Sun Belt has taken notice.
NT was picked atop the SBC's West Division in the 2011 version of the annual preseason coaches poll, a poll that tabbed the Mean Green to finish fourth in 2010. North Texas proved its doubters wrong by bringing home the division title and the team's first 20-win season since 2006.
Murczek will have a couple of standout players at his disposal in Beaumont, Texas this weekend. Kayla Saey led the Sun Belt in assists with 11.31 per set, while Sarah Willey became just the second player in school history to record a 500-dig season.
North Texas will be in action at the Mean Green Volleyball Center on Tuesday against cross-town rival UT Arlington at 7 p.m. NT will host the North Texas Invitational on Sept. 2-3, which features NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 participants Oklahoma and Cincinnati, as well as Sam Houston State.