FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (9/12/09) - The North Texas volleyball team stunned Arkansas in five sets on Saturday afternoon to snag its first victory of the season and its first ever win over the Razorbacks (14-25, 25-9, 19-25, 25-21, 19-17).
The Mean Green (1-8) got 13 kills each from Salah Schoenecke and Brittani Youman in knocking off its first Southeast Conference opponent since 1994. North Texas is now 1-4 all-time against Arkansas (6-4) and 4-13 versus the SEC, thanks to Madison Barr's game-clinching service ace that sealed the fifth and deciding set.
"We served them off the floor. I'm really proud of the way we battled today," said head coach Cassie Headrick. "We were a little out of whack in the first set, but they just decided that they had enough and started to play in the second. That set just gave us confidence that we could do this."
That confidence-building second set saw North Texas hit a season-high .526, while holding the Razorbacks to five kills and a -.100 attack percentage. That set spurred the Mean Green's .222 overall attack percentage, its highest output of the year. NT is now 50-11 since 2004 when it hits over .200 in the match.
The Razorbacks had trouble handling North Texas' serves all afternoon. The Mean Green landed 10 aces, including three each from Amy Huddleston and Kayla Saey.
On top of owning the serving line, NT also controlled the net with 11 blocks. Freshman Brittany Brown sent back seven blocks, leading four Mean Green players with at least three blocks.
Huddleston earned all-tournament honors last week at the Golden Grizzly Invitational, and followed her 23-kill, 20-dig performance versus Oakland with 11 kills and a team-high 17 digs against the Razorbacks.
North Texas returns to action at 5 p.m. today against Jacksonville State.