FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (8/26/05) -- The North Texas volleyball team (0-2) suffered a 3-0 (30-27, 30-24, 30-20) setback against Belmont in its season opener before falling 3-0 (30-24, 30-20, 30-23) to Arkansas in its second match of the Arkansas Invitational on Friday at Barnhill Arena.
The Mean Green, facing three teams in the tournament that won at least 17 matches last season and two that won at least 20, kept the matches competitive for much of the time but were unable to force either match beyond three games. The Mean Green hit less than .100 in each match and was hurt by several service, reception and ball handling errors on the day.
North Texas posted a .092 attack percentage and despite posting seven more digs than the Bruins, finished with seven fewer kills. The Mean Green collected 65 digs and a match-high six blocks, but Belmont still managed to hit .162. NT was led offensively by sophomore’s Katy Prokof and Erica Wendell as both players posted a team-high eight kills. Jessica Hulsebosch, who recorded the most ever digs by a freshman in 2004 with 416 that ranks fourth for a single season all-time, picked up where she left off defensively with a team-high 19 digs.
The Mean Green finished its match against Arkansas with a .054 attack percentage, while the Lady Razorbacks hit .254. Arkansas attempted five more attacks than NT, but the Mean Green finished with more digs once again.
Freshman Rachel Raley paced NT’s attack against Arkansas with 11 kills on a .219 attack percentage, both team highs. Raley was the only Mean Green player to register double-figure kills on the day, but fellow freshman Catherine Coffey was also impressive in her first collegiate action as she led the team in blocks both outings.
The Mean Green ran different setters in each match. Junior Heidi Johnson posted a team-best 23 assists against Belmont and sophomore Ashley Bass handed out a career-high 31 assists against the Lady Razorbacks.
North Texas will finish play at the Arkansas Invitational on Saturday with a 2 p.m. outing against Memphis.