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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The North Texas volleyball team used a 20-kill outing from Amy Huddleston and a .308 team attack percentage to down host Samford, 3-1 (15-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-18), and earn a split on the first day of the Bulldog Invitational.
Huddleston paced the Mean Green with .441 hitting against the Bulldogs (4-2), helping NT move to 4-1 on the year after a 3-1 (25-20, 15-25, 25-18, 25-22) matinee loss to Syracuse - North Texas' first and only loss of the young season.
Kayla Saey was electric at setter for NT, piliing up 52 assists in both matches (104 assists overall). The junior already ranks ninth in school history with 1,396 career assists after the two matches.
Last weekend's Jackson State Invitational champs, North Texas had Syracuse on the ropes in the fourth set and nearly extended the match. The Mean Green led the Orange 21-18 late in the fourth set, but was outscored 7-1 thereafter.
NT struggled in the first set against Samford, but rebounded to run away from the Southern Conference foe, whose only other loss came at the hands of Arkansas. North Texas held Samford to .235 hitting and just two total team blocks.
North Texas can become the first team in NT history to win five of their first six matches with a win against Tennessee Tech on Saturday at noon. The Mean Green also takes on Northwestern State at 3 p.m.