Volleyball Faces Baylor In Final Non-Conference Test Tonight

Sept. 22, 2015

North Texas (9-6) vs. Baylor (10-2)
September 22, 2015 | 7 p.m.
North Texas Volleyball Center | Denton, TX
DENTON - The North Texas volleyball team prepares for its final non-conference showdown of the season when the Baylor Bears roll into town for a 7 p.m. match on Tuesday from the North Texas Volleyball Center.

North Texas (9-6) and Baylor (10-2) have a lot in common with one match to go until conference play: both are coming off four-game win streaks in which each won weekend tournaments, both have a tournament MVP and conference player of the week to their credit, and both have been playing well-rounded volleyball of late.

Over the weekend, the Bears knocked off SFA, UNC Greensboro and Rice to claim the championship at its own Baylor Classic. Redshirt sophomore Katie Staiger was the tournament’s MVP, and freshman Shelly Fanning enters the matchup as Big 12 Rookie of the Week.

Statistically, Baylor has four players that chip in at least two kills per set, led by Steiger with 2.92. On paper, blocking will be one of Baylor’s biggest advantages in Tuesday’s matchup. The team has averaged 2.45 blocks per set so far this season, countered by North Texas’ 1.97, and Baylor has outnumbered opponents 117.5-93.5 in total blocks this season.

With the year’s longest win streak on the line, North Texas and two-time C-USA player of the week Carnae Dillard are in for a test in the meeting of two hot teams.

Game Promotions: White Out
Be sure to wear your white to the North Texas Volleyball Center as the Mean Green battle the Baylor Bears.

Match Notes:
• The two sides have traded sweeps in the last two meetings against each other. Baylor won 3-0 in a 2013 neutral contest, but it was the Mean Green that came out on top in 2012, the last time the Bears visited Denton.
• Dillard has taken C-USA Offensive Player of the Week honors in two of the last three weeks. In last week’s four matches, the senior broke the school’s all-time attacks record, won the Tulsa Invitational MVP and tallied 73 kills on .307 hitting.
• North Texas has won 12 of its last 13 sets played.
• Playing at home could give North Texas an advantage in tonight’s contest. The Mean Green is 26-7 under Palileo from its home venue and sits at 3-2 from the NTVBC on the year.


North Texas Mean Green