SAN MARCOS, Texas - Amy Huddleston's match-high 16 kills weren't enough for the North Texas volleyball team to top Alabama in a 3-2 see-saw battle on Friday morning (25-18, 18-25, 25-11, 24-26, 15-7).
The Mean Green (5-3) posted strong rallies in the second and fourth sets, but only mustered a pair of kills in the fifth and deciding frame against the year's only SEC foe. Alabama (6-2) is the first team to out-kill the Mean Green this season, posting a narrow 61-57 edge in kills but a deadly .306 team attack percentage.
Huddleston's 16 kills brings her career total to 981 - fifth most in school history. With 19 more the senior will become just the fifth player in program history to land 1,000 kills.
After dropping a sloppy first set, 25-18, North Texas jumped out of the gate with the intent to flip that score in the second. Kayla Saey landed a pair of aces to open the set with a 4-2 lead, and a kill from Shelley Morton stretched the lead to 13-8 and drew an Alabama timeout.
Brittani Youman and the Mean Green had the momentum meter squarely pegged in their direction in knocking off Alabama in set two, 25-18. NT ran the Crimson Tide off the floor in the second frame with 14 kills on .314 hitting.
The fourth set was even more lopsided statistically despite the 26-24 score. NT forced a sideout on 68 percent of Alabama's serves and hit .385 as a team - one of the squads top marks of the young season.
The fifth frame was all Crimson Tide. Alabama hit .471 and held NT to -.105 hitting.
Brittani Youman and Melanie Boykins both reached double-figures in kills with 12 and 11 apiece. Kayla Saey led the match with 46 assists.
North Texas returns to action this evening against Texas State at 7 p.m.