SAN MARCOS, Texas - The fifth and deciding set once again bit the Mean Green volleyball team. North Texas watched a six point lead in the fourth frame slip away, and couldn't stop UT-San Antonio from stealing a 3-2 (25-19, 14-25, 24-26, 25-23, 15-8) win on Sunday afternoon.
Amy Huddleston fell just two shy of her career high with 23 kills on .230 hitting for the Mean Green (6-5), which is now 0-3 on the year in five-set matches. On the other end of the floor, Sarah Willey did set a career high with 30 digs against UTSA (6-6), which ties for ninth best performance in school history for the reigning Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week.
North Texas nearly reached the program record books with 206 attacks on the day, but 38 total errors were the downfall for NT, which lost three of four matches on the weekend.
NT saw little resistance from the Roadrunners early in the fourth set, cruising to a 21-15 lead. But UTSA woke up in a big way, turning five kills and five North Texas errors into a 25-23 set win.
North Texas took its first lead of the match, 9-8, courtesy of a Huddleston kill in the second set. A near mirror opposite of the first, North Texas controlled the second with an efficient outside attack that piled up 20 kills on .381 hitting. Huddleston and Brittani Youman provided the firepower that saw NT lead by as many as eleven.
With the match even at a set apiece, Rachelle Wilson and the Mean Green hit the ground running after the intermission. Wilson landed her sixth and seventh kills of the day in giving NT an early 9-6 lead. She finished the afternoon with 14 kills on .429 hitting.
But UTSA wasn't going away easy. The Roadrunners took a late 22-20 lead, but a couple of Huddleston kills tied the match. The senior also set up match point with another kill and a UTSA attack error gave the Mean Green a 2-1 lead.
North Texas has a non-conference matchup at Stephen F. Austin on Wednesday night before playing in the UTA Hilton Invitational next weekend.