DENTON (9/7/05) -- Despite posting its best hitting percentage and its second highest kill total of the season, the North Texas volleyball team (0-7) couldn’t get past Tulsa (6-1) in a 3-0 (25-30, 26-30, 25-30) setback Wednesday night in its home opener at the Snake Pit.
The Mean Green posted season-best numbers for kills (54) and assists (51) in a three-game match while hitting .226, but was hurt by a combined 13 service and reception errors. North Texas actually recorded eight more kills, nine more assists and six more digs than the Golden Hurricane, but Tulsa had just 14 attack errors in 115 attempts and finished with a .278 attack percentage.
North Texas found itself behind 25-16 in the first game and while it rallied to pull within four points two different times, couldn’t complete the comeback before Tulsa reached 30 points.
The second game was tight throughout with 10 ties, but with the score 19-19 Tulsa went on a 3-0 run to claim a lead it would not relinquish. The Mean Green trailed 26-27 late, but the Golden Hurricane went on another 3-0 run to close out the game.
NT jumped out to a 12-9 advantage early in the final game, but Tulsa went on a 6-0 run to turn the tables and give it a three-point cushion. Tulsa led 20-19 before pulling ahead 23-19 and held at least a three-point lead the rest of the way.
Tara Hooser and Katy Prokof led North Texas offensively with a combined 33 kills between the two of them. Both players posted a season-high kill total as Hooser finished with 16 and Prokof with 17. Heidi Johnson recorded a season-high 47 assists, the most by any NT player this year, and also collected seven digs and two block assists. NT was led defensively by Jessica Hulsebosch with 13 digs and Erica Wendell with three blocks.
Kassiana Urnau was the only Tulsa player to reach double-figure kills, collecting 15 on the night. Setter Julia Silva put together the matches only double-double with 36 assists and 10 digs.
North Texas returns to action this weekend, hosting the two-day Mean Green Classic at the Snake Pit. NT’s first match at the tournament will be against Wyoming Friday night at 7 p.m. NT will play Prairie View A&M and Centenary on Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.