JACKSON, Miss. (8/27/10) - With North Texas' impressive 3-0 win over Southeastern Louisiana on Friday, new head volleyball coach Ken Murczek became the first skipper in school history to open their NT tenure with a three-set sweep (25-15, 25-19, 25-16).
The Mean Green (1-0) jumped all over the Lions (0-1) with a .268 attack percentage, powered by 10 kills and .667 hitting from newcomer Melanie Boykins. Making her first start, the junior vaulted NT to a 5-1 lead in the first set that North Texas would never relinquish.
"I thought our team celebrated the opportunity to get this season started on a good note," Murczek said. "Melanie [Boykins] was unbelievable, and while we were pretty sharp today there are areas all over the court for improvement. Still, the entire team was into this match, and it was a lot of fun."
The Mean Green posted .348 attack percentages in both the first and third sets, committing just 14 errors all day - a feat topped only twice in all of '09.
As special as the offense was, the defense held the Lions to .096 hitting and only one service ace. Junior Sarah Willey led those efforts with 14 digs, and is nearing a milestone in her career. The veteran already has 723 career digs and needs just 15 more to reach 10th place in school history.
The Jackson State Invitational continues tomorrow for NT, with matches against Jackson State at 11:30 a.m. and New Orleans at 4:30 p.m.