Mean Green Volleyball Drops First Match At ORU Classic

TULSA, Okla. (9/3/04) -- The North Texas volleyball team (0-2) suffered a 3-0 (21-30, 22-30, 23-30) setback against Oral Roberts (1-1) Friday night in its first match at the ORU Classic.

The Mean Green struggled to get much going offensively for most of the night, hitting just .062 and finishing with 28 kills. The Golden Eagles took advantage and were able to pin North Texas with just its second 3-0 loss in its last 17 matches, dating back to last season.

While North Texas failed to hit over .100 in any of the three games, ORU hit .265 in the first game and finished strong with a match-high .355 attack percentage in the final game.

Despite its low hitting percentage, North Texas was able to force alot of sideouts and played with the Golden Eagles for much of the night. However, the Mean Green was hurt by a big run in each game and that turned out to be the difference in the match.

"The speed of our game picked up tonight, we just made some bad choices offensively," said North Texas head coach Cassie Headrick. "If we can continue to play at this speed, I think once we start making better decisions good things are going to happen. We played much more like a team this match and showed alot of fight. We stood in there and made a couple of nice runs at them, but made too many mistakes."

Senior middle blocker Anne Pope led North Texas with eight kills and a .316 attack percentage, both team highs, while sophomore Heidi Johnson tallied a team-high 23 assists. Freshman Jessica Hulsebosch recorded double-figure digs for the second straight match with a team-high 13 to pace the Mean Green defensively.

ORU had two players record double-figure kills, including Ori Zuzic with a match-high 20.

North Texas continues play at the ORU Classic on Saturday, facing Kansas at 10 a.m. and Loyola-Chicago at 5 p.m.



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