Dillard Eyes Attacks Record In Volleyball Rivalry Tonight
SFA Visits Denton For 43rd Meeting In All-Time Series
North Texas Mean Green (5-6) vs. SFA Lumberjacks (6-5)
Mean Green Volleyball Center | Denton, TX
Sept. 16, 2015 | 6:30 p.m. CST
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DENTON - In its history, North Texas has faced only one team more than it has faced the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin. With a combined 42 previous matchups - and a 19-23 series record for NT - Wednesday's matchup will be another installation in perhaps the program's biggest rivalry.
SFA may hold the advantage in a series that dates back to 1976, but the Mean Green have found success against the East Texas foe over the last few years. In fact, North Texas has won three of the last four meetings between the two sides.
Carnae Dillard, the team's lone senior, will be facing off against the Lumberjacks for the fourth time in her career with tonight's 6:30 opening serve. The outside hitter enters the contest needing just 21 attacks to take sole possession of the program's all-time attacks record, a mark that has been held by North Texas Hall-of-Famer Corina Marginas since 2003.
The Lumberjacks feature a balanced attack that has a 6-5 record to this point in the season. Four SFA players - Justice Walker, Jacque Allen, Tori Bates and Haley Coleman - average more than 2.4 kills per set, meaning the North Texas defense will need to play poised, team-focused defense to counter the SFA attack.
Middle blocker Jacque Allen carries the most momentum into tonight's matchup. Last week, Allen was named Southland Conference Player of the Week following 37 kills on .559 hitting at the SFA Volleyball Invitational. Over her last three matches, Allen has 30 kills and is hitting .244.
• The Mean Green volleyball team is coming off a 1-2 showing at its annual North Texas Invitational. The team's single win is its worst finish of the tournament since 2011, when North Texas lost each of its matches on the weekend. This year, the Mean Green took down a winless Abilene Christian team in five sets, but lost to Boise State and Houston.
• Over the last few seasons, the North Texas Volleyball Center has been an increasingly tough place for visiting teams to play. In fact, the Mean Green has a 25-7 record in home matches under head coach Andrew Palileo, dropping only two games in 2013, three games in 2014 and two matches this season. Overall, North Texas has an 80-51 overall record from its home court.