DENTON, Texas (9/01/07) North Texas had Georgia State against the ropes but couldn’t deliver the knockout punch, falling to the Mean Green Volleyball Classic champions, 3-2 (30-27, 27-30, 30-27, 24-30, 5-15).
North Texas senior Brooke Engel was named to the MGVC All-Tournament team, as was Missouri-Kansas City outside hitter Jamie Hagerman, Texas State outside hitter Emily Jones and Georgia State outside hitter Amy Lusk.
Engel racked up 13 service aces in the tournament, capping the weekend with three against Georgia State. Including Engel, North Texas had a season-best four players with double-digit kills.
NT pieced together its best match of the season against the Panthers, but fell just. Mean Green passing looked crisp, which was evidenced by Heather Maddox’s season-high 53 assists, and NT had two players with double-digit digs.
North Texas had won its previous five matches that went all the way to five games, but the attack of the tournament MVP Ana Paula Ferreira was too much for NT.
The Mean Green came out of the gate on fire, and was able to hold off the Panthers for a 30-27 win in the first game. North Texas reeled off a stunning .400 attack percentage in the opening frame and notched a season-best 19 kills.
After the Panther victory in game two, North Texas got behind the serving of Katy Prokof and Engel for a 30-27 win. NT served seven straight points off Prokof serves and four more on the fellow senior’s serve.
Lusk put the match away for the Panthers in the extra frame, finishing the afternoon with 18 kills.
North Texas returns to action at the Mean Green Volleyball Center on Tuesday against Northwestern State at 7 p.m.