26th Mean Green Volleyball Classic
North Texas (7-4)
vs. Texas State (6-5) Friday, 7 p.m.
vs. Jackson State (3-5) Saturday, 11 a.m.
vs. Kennesaw State (4-7) Saturday , 7 p.m.
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DENTON, Texas – Last year might have been the silver edition of the Mean Green Volleyball Classic, but North Texas hopes their play turns to gold when Texas State, Jackson State and Kennesaw State come to town this weekend.
North Texas (7-4) has an opportunity to get a couple of long-standing monkeys off its back this weekend at the 25th Mean Green Classic. First, NT has never won a home tournament, and secondly, NT has never won two tournaments in a single season.
North Texas turned in a remarkable performance at the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach Islanders Classic last weekend, bringing home the squad’s first tourney title of 2011. NT scored wins over UT-Pan American (3-0), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-2) and ended Towson’s eight match wins streak (3-1). The tournament win is the second of the Ken Murczek era.
Melanie Boykins earned MVP honors at the Islander Classic after landing 3.08 kills per set on a team-high .359 hitting. A consistent force for the Mean Green all weekend, the senior posted outings of 13, 12 and 12 kills and hit at least .321 in every match, including a .385 mark in ending Towson’s eight match win streak. Sarah Willey and Eboni Godfrey also earned all-tourney honors.
Texas State’s Amari Deardorff is on a tear. The First-Team All-Southland OH landed 53 kills on .381 hitting at the CenturyLink Premier in San Marcos last weekend. The Bobcats have wins over West Virginia and Louisiana-Lafayette in ‘11.
Jackson State is led by Christine Edwards, who is averaging just over four kills per set on .218 hitting. Paige Williams and Kameron Boggan are averaging 1.20 and 1.27 blocks per set.
Justine Young has led the Kennesaw State offense in four straight matches, earning all-tournament honors at the Owl Classic last weekend. Young has 151 kills on the year for a Kennesaw State offense that is hitting .201 as a team.