North Texas Set To Host Second Tournament Of 2017
North Texas Challenge Begins Friday Afternoon
DENTON - The Mean Green volleyball team will face off against Oregon State at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the North Texas Volleyball Center, on the first day of the North Texas Challenge.
The tournament participants include Campbell and New Orleans, who begin tournament action at 4 p.m. Friday. North Texas (5-1) is scheduled to take on New Orleans at 11 a.m. Saturday and will close out the weekend against Campbell Saturday night.
The tournament will mark the program's first matchup against Campbell and Oregon State, and the 27th meeting against New Orleans. The former Sun Belt foes last met in 2010, when North Texas defeated the Privateers in straight sets at the Jackson State Tournament.
The Mean Green are coming off a four-set victory over Boston College last Saturday to finish the weekend 3-0 and claim the Beantown Challenge title. North Texas placed three members on the all-tournament team in freshman outside hitter Barbara Teakell, junior setter Karley York and senior middle blocker Amanda Chamberlain, who also earned MVP honors for the second straight tournament.
Match One: North Texas vs. Oregon State (6-0, 0-0 Pac-12)
Like North Texas, the Beavers are undefeated in tournament play this season with two titles under their belt. Oregon State has only lost two sets in six matches. Senior outside hitter Mary-Kate Marshall, an honorable mention all-america pick last season, earned her sixth career Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honor with 47 kills in three matches at the North Harbour Marriott Invitational.
Match Two: North Texas vs. New Orleans (4-2, 0-0 Southland)
The Privateers have nearly matched their 2016 win total (five) after a pair of wins at the Tennessee State Invitational. New Orleans is led by Kaitlyn Grice, who leads the Southland Conference with 34 total blocks. She also ranks fourth in the conference in attack percentage (.395) with 58 kills on 124 attempts.
Match Three: North Texas vs. Campbell (6-1, 0-0 Big South)
The Camels' 5-0 start, their best since 1997, was halted in a 3-0 loss to Central Michigan last Saturday at the George Mason Invitational, but they responded with a 3-0 victory over UNC-Wilmington on Tuesday. Campbell's biggest threat is senior Summer Schuitema, who has an NCAA-best 19 service aces along with 16 kills, 220 assists, 74 digs and seven blocks.