Waco, Tex. (9/7/01) - The North Texas volleyball team (4-3) opened the Baylor Classic on Friday with a tournament-opening sweep of UT-Pan American, but suffered a 3-0 setback to a tough Baylor squad in its second match.
The Baylor Classic is the Mean Green’s second tournament of the season. North Texas won the Sam Houston State Tournament last weekend in Huntsville, Tex.
UNT put up a season-best hitting percentage of .343 in its win over UT-Pan American. The Mean Green defeated the Lady Broncs by scores of 30-24, 30-22 and 30-14 to complete its second sweep of an opponent this year. They also swept Louisiana-Lafayette at the Sam Houston Tournament.
Corina Marginas (Brasov, Romania) and Brieanne Fowler (Odessa, Tex.) both recorded double-doubles in the match to lead UNT. Fowler tallied a match-high 15 kills and Marginas led the Mean Green defensively with a match-high 13 digs. The double-double’s were both players third of the season. Kristin Sheppard (Texarkana, Tex.) had a match-high 35 assists and Jessica Shockley (Saginaw, Tex.) played strong at the net with a match-high four blocks.
“We came away with the victory, but we played very sloppy,” said North Texas head coach Cassie Headrick. “We ran our offense well, we just made too many hitting errors. We got off to a slow start, but I think that we now have the confidence to overcome things like that.”
An undefeated Baylor squad defeated UNT by scores of 30-24, 30-22 and 30-14. The Lady Bears received votes in the latest USA Today/AVCA Division I Coaches Top-25 Poll. North Texas only managed a season-low 24 kills in the match in comparison to Baylor’s 53.
Fowler led North Texas with a team-high nine kills and nine digs. Sheppard had a season-high six blocks in the match. Marginas was held to single-figure kills (8) for the first time in UNT’s last 21 matches, dating back to Sept. 29 of last season.
“We started out fast with some pretty good momentum, but let them take it,” said Headrick. “They made some big run’s on us. Us being the visiting team, we needed to communicate better and cut out some of the mistakes. We’re going to have to come out tomorrow, regroup and play with confidence. We need to execute better tomorrow.”
North Texas faces Cal Poly, who also received votes in the latest Top-25 Poll, and Rhode Island tomorrow in the tournament’s final day. Rhode Island lost to Cal Poly in five games today. The Cal Poly match is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the Rhode Island match will begin at 5 p.m.