HATTIESBURG, Miss. (9/19/08) The Mean Green volleyball team found the win column in a matinee victory over McNeese State, but couldn’t hold off a charging Southern Miss squad in the evening match.
Amy Huddleston picked a perfect time to hit a hot streak, posting 16 kills to end the North Texas volleyball team’s losing streak with a sweep over McNeese State (25-23, 25-21, 25-21).
The sophomore has been electric in leading the Mean Green (2-9) lately. Huddleston posted a .414 attack percentage on 29 attempts versus the Cowgirls (3-5) in the Southern Miss Invitational opener, and has landed 45 kills on .282 hitting in the last four outings.
As a team, North Texas racked up a .208 attack percentage and posted eight aces to end its seven-match losing streak. Sarah Willey led the way from the serving line with four aces and a team-best 16 digs.
Marelle Lepmets quarterbacked the Mean Green attack with 36 assists, including 11 kills to Roxana Casvean and seven to Salah Schoenecke.
North Texas kept McNeese in the opening set with 12 attack errors in the frame. After that the Mean Green committed just seven in the next two sets and coasted to the win.
Tournament host Southern Mississippi (9-4) dominated North Texas from the outset in a match that featured just two lead changes (25-17, 25-23, 25-22). The Golden Eagles hit just .138 from the floor, but managed to land 42 kills to the Mean Green’s 27.
Kati Dillard and the Mean Green front line formed a potent wall against the Golden Eagles. Dillard posted a season-best six blocks as North Texas sent back eight total blocks.
Willey got under 15 attacks for her sixth match with double-digit digs outing of the last seven outings. Kayla Saey came off the bench to lead the Mean Green offense with 14 assists.
North Texas returns to action Saturday morning versus Central Florida at 10 a.m.