DENTON (9/9/05) -- The North Texas volleyball team (0-8) kept every game against Wyoming (4-2) competitive to the finish, but was unable to pick up a victory in a 3-0 (27-30, 25-30, 28-30) setback to the Cowgirls in its first match at the 15th Mean Green Classic on Friday night at the Snake Pit.
The Mean Green got 11 kills from Brooke Engel and a double-double from both Katy Prokof and Heidi Johnson, and while North Texas recorded more kills, assists and digs than Wyoming, it saw the Cowgirls slip away with three close-fought wins. At the same time, Wyoming hit .141 in comparison to the Mean Green’s .124 and had two more blocks.
NT trailed Wyoming 23-25 in each of the first two games and had the third game tied at 25-25, but the Cowgirls were able to close out each game strong and escape with a three point win in the first outing, a five-point victory in the second and a two-point win in the third.
Prokof joined Engel in double-figure kills with 10 and posted 13 digs, while Johnson recorded a match-high 40 assists and 15 digs. Jessica Hulsebosch collected a team-high 17 digs and Catherine Coffey tallied a team-high four blocks.
North Texas blocked a season-high 10 attacks as a team and its 47 kills, 44 assists and 65 digs were all its second highest total of the year for a three-game match.
After wins over the Mean Green and Prairie View A&M in the first day of action at the tournament, Wyoming can capture the championship with a win over Centenary on Saturday. Centenary defeated Prairie View A&M on Friday, but must get past North Texas and Wyoming to win the Mean Green Classic.
North Texas must knock off Centenary and Prairie View A&M and Wyoming must lose its only match on Saturday for the Mean Green to claim a share of the tournament title.
After one day of action at the tournament, the Mean Green leads all teams in kills (15.67 kpg), assists (14.67), blocks (3.33 bpg) and digs (21.67 dpg) per game. Johnson leads all players in assists per game (13.33 apg), Engel in kills per game (3.67) and Hulsebosch in digs per game (5.67 dpg).
North Texas will wrap up play in the tournament on Saturday with a 3 p.m. outing against Prairie View A&M and a 7 p.m. contest against Centenary.