SAN MARCOS, Texas - The North Texas volleyball team went toe-to-toe against Alabama on Friday morning, and it apparently took its toll. The Mean Green didn't have enough gas left in the tank to tangle with Texas State, the defending Southland Conference champions, in the nightcap at Strahan Coliseum.
The Mean Green (5-4) hit just .169 in the 3-1 (27-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-20) loss to the Bobcats (5-4). Amy Huddleston once again paced the NT attack with a match-high 15 kills, and needs just four more kills to become the fifth player in North Texas history with 1,000 career kills.
North Texas took the SEC's Crimson Tide to a fifth and deciding set in the morning match, and found itself with as much as a four point lead in the opening points against Texas State. The Bobcats tied things up at 13 apiece and the match stayed deadlocked until a pair of kills gave Texas State the set at 27-25.
Both squads couldn't be stopped offensively in the second frame. NT overcame Texas State's .429 hitting to post a .364 second set en route to the 25-23 win heading into intermission.
The third set went for the hosting Bobcats, and the Mean Green trailed by as much as four in the fourth set before tying things up at 18 apiece. Texas State collected itself and went on a 7-2 run to close out the match.
Sarah Willey posted a match-high 17 digs on the evening, and Kayla Saey paced the NT offense with 36 assists. The three match losing streak is the longest of the season for NT.
North Texas returns to action at the CenturyLink Premier at noon tomorrow against Tennessee-Martin.