DENTON (9/7/06) The 16th Mean Green Classic is set to kick off at the North Texas Volleyball Complex beginning Friday and completing Saturday afternoon.
North Texas will be joined by a field including Sam Houston State, Texas Southern and Oklahoma. Action will begin at 10:30 Friday morning as Sam Houston plays Oklahoma, followed by the Mean Green versus Texas Southern at 1 p.m.
The evening matches will post Texas Southern and Sam Houston at 4:30 p.m. followed by North Texas versus Oklahoma at 7 p.m. Matches between Oklahoma and Sam Houston as well as North Texas versus Sam Houston will take place Saturday with the Mean Green slated for a 1:30 time slot completing the round-robin format.
North Texas enters the tournament with a 42-46 record all-time in the Mean Green Classic and sporting a 4-5 record this season after dropping a five-game match to TCU on Tuesday.
The Mean Green is led by junior libero Jessica Hulsebosch who is currently third in the nation in digs averaging 7.41 per game. Seniors Brittney Gregory and Tara Hooser have been deadly as of late, with Hooser having 37 kills in her last two matches and Gregory leading the team in total kills.
Oklahoma enters on a three-game win streak and a 5-2 overall record. The Sooners have made quick work of opponents so far with each of their wins coming by a sweep.
They are led by Joanna Schmitt, who has already put up four double-doubles in 2006. She is averaging 4.74 kills per game. Also, Rachel Jackson ranks fourth in the nation in assists with a 14.3 per game average.
The Mean Green will also see the Sam Houston Bearkats for the second consecutive week. North Texas defeated Sam Houston in four games one week ago at the Sam Houston Tournament. The Bearkats are 2-2 on the season with wins over Radford and Southern Mississippi.
The Bearkats are ranked in the top-20 in the country in aces, and libero Melissa Sims is tied for fourth in the country in digs coming into this weekend.
Texas Southern will round out the field and will be in search of their first victory of 2006.
The 0-4 Tigers are led by Preseason All-SWAC honoree, Dequnda Smith who is off to a slow start only averaging 1.67 kills per game in her first four matches.