CORPUS CHRISTI (9/16/03) -- The North Texas volleyball team (7-6) hit a school-record .493 in a 3-0 (30-24, 30-11, 30-14) victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-7) Tuesday night.
The Mean Green secured its second consecutive match victory and has now won its last six games in a row. The Islanders were the fourth team North Texas has shutout this season and 13 of the Mean Green’s last 20 wins have been by a 3-0 score.
Senior outside hitter Corina Marginas (Brasov, Romania) led the North Texas attack with a match-high 17 kills while hitting a career-high .591. Marginas was the only NT player to record double-figure kills, but six players hit at least .300. Brittney Gregory (Klein, Tex.), Jill Ruskowski (Richmond, Tex.) and Anne Pope (Aurora, Colo.) all had at least six kills posted a .308 hitting percentage or better. As a team, NT recorded 43 kills in 67 attacks with just 10 errors.
The Islanders struggled to mount much offense, actually posting a negative hitting percentage at -.051. That percentage is the lowest allowed by the Mean Green this season. TAMCC was led by Melanie Travis with 13 kills and a .250 hitting percentage, but she was one of just three Islanders that posted a positive attack percentage.
North Texas hit .278 in the first game before completely dominating the final two games with a .706 attack percentage or better. Kristin Sheppard (Texarkana, Tex.) ran the offense, finishing with a match-high 38 assists.
North Texas will host the Sports Magic/Comfort Suites Mean Green Classic this Friday and Saturday. The tournament field includes UTEP, Oral Roberts, LSU and North Texas. The Mean Green is 1-0 at home this season, defeating Tulsa 3-0 on Sept. 10.