BEAUMONT, Texas - North Texas jumped on top of Houston Baptist early, but a tide of momentum stalled the Mean Green volleyball team in a 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-15, 27-25) loss.
The Mean Green (1-1) pounded the Huskies (2-0) with 14 kills on .216 hitting in the first frame, but 28 attack errors in the final three sets were too much to overcome. North Texas closes out the Lamar Invitational against Texas Southern (0-1) at 4:30 this afternoon.
Freshman Eboni Godfrey led the Mean Green efforts on both ends of the floor. Playing in just her second collegiate match Godfrey laid down nine kills and 19 digs - both team highs.
Just like Friday night, Godfrey started the match on fire with back-to-back kills to give NT an 11-5 early edge. The freshman added a trio of digs to aid a defensive effort that held the Huskies to .114 hitting. Courtney Windham ended the opening frame with a cross-court kill to give the Mean Green a 25-22 win.
Setter Liz Powell made her collegiate debut midway through the second, but her four late assists weren't enough to keep HBU from a 25-22 win to tie the match at a set apiece.
HBU kept rolling in the third set and NT struggled to keep up. The Mean Green let an early 5-point lead evaporate with -.033 hitting in the 25-15 loss.
Defense helped stop the Huskies momentum late in the fourth set. Hallie McDonald and Madison Barr teamed up for a block to put NT on top 23-22, but errors doomed NT in its final two points of a 25-27 loss.