Mean Green Volleyball Hits The Road For Three Matches
#MGVB Set To Play In Holiday Inn-Express SFA Invitational
DENTON – After its most successful weekend of 2016, the Mean Green volleyball team has established confidence and momentum heading into the Holiday Inn-Express SFA Volleyball Invitational beginning Fri., Sept. 16 in Nacogdoches, Texas. At 4-7, North Texas seeks to build on that momentum in the final week before opening Conference USA play.
Amanda Chamberlain has been a catalyst for North Texas, leading the team with 116 kills (2.83 kills per set). She set a new career-high with 23 kills versus UNC-Wilmington. Chamberlain, a .324 hitter, is currently hitting 54-points higher than her career average at .378, a mark good for third in C-USA.
Karley York has posted 10 or more assists in each of the last six matches, earning a start in four of those. Her 47 assists marked a new career-high for the sophomore setter. York has also tallied a double-double in four of the last five matches, falling one dig short versus UNCW.
Jordyn Williams and Alexis Wright continue to pace the Mean Green in blocks with 32 and 31, respectively.
Match One: Incarnate Word (4-6, 1-0 Southland)
Fri., Sept. 16, 11 a.m.
Incarnate Word, which made the jump to Division I in 2012, has won three of its last four matches. Offensively, the Cardinals are led by Autumn Lockey, who has logged 120 kills in 10 matches. On the defensive side, Serea Alexander leads the Cardinals with 31 blocks, and Shaina Garna leads in digs with 91. Friday’s meeting between North Texas and UIW marks the first ever meeting.
Match Two: Stephen F. Austin (5-5, 0-0 Southland)
Fri., Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m.
North Texas and host SFA will meet in the last match of day one, which will be shown on ESPN 3. The Lumberjacks enter the week on a two-match losing streak after falling in their final two matches in the Texas Tech Tournament. Junior Abby McIntyre leads the Jacks offensively, averaging 2.19 kills a set. Justice Walker anchors the Jacks defense with 41 blocks. The Mean Green are currently on a three-match winning streak versus the Lumberjacks, dating back to 2013.
Match Three: Arkansas-Little Rock (3-7, 0-0 Sun Belt)
Sat., Sept. 17, 10 a.m.
The Trojans, a former Sun Belt foe, went 1-2 in the Home2 Suites by Hilton-Tallahassee Seminole Tournament. Veronica Marin and Marina Avram are the offensive players to watch for the Trojans, as they each have tallied over 70 kills in 10 matches. Carollee Dillard has registered 64 blocks on the season, good for the top spot in the Sun Belt Conference.
All North Texas’ matches will be available via Game Tracker. Friday’s match versus UIW can be viewed here and Saturday’s versus Little Rock is available here.