Mean Green Volleyball Cruises Past Northwestern State, 3-0

NATCHITOCHES, La. (9/20/05) -- The North Texas volleyball team (6-10) won its sixth match in its last eight outings Tuesday night, handing Northwestern State (3-6) a 3-0 (30-24, 30-21, 30-21) setback at Prather Coliseum in its final match before starting Sun Belt Conference play.

The Mean Green’s offensive efficiency improved each game and it finished the match with a .275 attack percentage, its second highest of the season. At the same time, North Texas limited Northwestern State to a .076 hitting percentage that led to the lopsided scores. The match marked the third time that NT has swept an opponent this season and the 34th time under head coach Cassie Headrick.

Led by sophomore Katy Prokof with a match-high 15 kills, the Mean Green finished with 45 kills as a team. Prokof has now recorded double-figure kills in five straight matches, which is the longest stretch of consecutive matches with at least 10 kills of her career. Junior Tara Hooser followed Prokof with 10 kills and Brooke Engel added nine. Sophomore Ashley Bass led all players with 39 assists and narrowly missed her second career double-double with nine digs.

The Mean Green was solid defensively as well, led by sophomore Jessica Hulsebosch with a match-high 10 digs and freshman Catherine Coffey with a match-high six blocks. North Texas finished the contest with 10 team blocks and has now recorded double-figure blocks in four of its last five matches.

Northwestern State was led by Whitney King with 13 kills and nine digs, both team highs.

The Mean Green returns to action this Friday, hosting Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 p.m. in its Sun Belt Conference opener. North Texas is 2-2 at the Snake Pit this year.



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