Ft. Worth (9/18/01) The North Texas volleyball team (4-6) fought back from a two-game deficit against TCU (2-6) Tuesday night to take the match a full five games, but couldn’t keep the rally alive as it suffered a fifth-game setback.
The Mean Green dropped games one and two by scores of 26-30 and 20-30, respectively, before climbing back into the match with a 30-23 third-game victory and a 30-27 win in game four. TCU captured the fifth game, 15-10.
"I felt like we were in control to start the match, but didn’t play with much emotion in the second game," said head coach Cassie Headrick. "We made some positive adjustments in the third and fourth games. We rotated better, played more as a team and let them make the errors."
The match marked the fifth time this year that North Texas has played five games in a match. The Mean Green only had a match go five games three times all of last year, winning one of them. UNT is 2-3 in five-game matches this season, but has dropped the last three that went the distance.
"We made to many mental mistakes in the fifth game and were too timid," continued Headrick. "Eventually this team has to quit going five games and then making mental mistakes at the end of the match. Hopefully, this will be the last match where we let that happen."
The Mean Green hit -.067 in the final game and was hurt by 11 reception errors in the match. It’s best hitting game came early, posting a .290 percentage in the first game. The team hit .200 in the third game and .189 in the fourth. TCU failed to hit over .200 in only the third game.
Sophomore outside hitter’s Corina Marginas (Brasov, Romania) and Brieanne Fowler (Odessa, Tex.) led North Texas will double-figure kills. Marginas tallied 16 kills, while Fowler posted her fifth double-double of the season with 15 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore setter Kristin Sheppard (Texarkana, Tex.) posted her sixth double-double of the season with 28 assists and 12 digs.
The Mean Green posted nine blocks to the Horned Frogs 10 and had 10 less kills, 51-61.
North Texas will open Sun Belt Conference play at home this Friday, hosting Denver in a 7 p.m. match at the Snake Pit.