Chamberlain, Wright Lead Mean Green Into Conference USA Play
North Texas Challenges Southern Miss, FIU This Weekend
DENTON – After 15 non-conference matches to open the season, North Texas this weekend will begin its first Conference USA play without two-time C-USA Player of the Year, Carnae Dillard. Enter Amanda Chamberlain and Alexis Wright.
The junior duo leads North Texas (6-9) into matches against Southern Miss on Friday at 7 p.m. and versus Florida International on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the North Texas Volleyball Center.
Chamberlain, who reached the 500 career kills mark versus Baylor, leads the team with 155 kills and is averaging 2.82 kills per set. Entering the season, Chamberlain ranked second in career attack percentage with a mark of .308. This year, Chamberlain has posted a .357 attack percentage, which has raised her career average to .322, just eight-points off the top mark set by Karissa Flack in 2012-13.
Wright has started all but one match for the Mean Green, and has earned more attacks this season with the graduation of Dillard. Wright had 461 attacks in 119 sets a year ago, and this season has 352 attacks in 54 sets. She ranks second on the team in kills with 151 and has been a force on the defensive side, tallying 46 blocks, good for second on the team.
Southern Miss’ record sits at 11-4, good for third in C-USA. The Golden Eagles are 4-1 in their last five matches, and have several players amongst the conference leaders in multiple categories. Stephany Purdue is third in conference, at 3.96 kills per set, Sarah Bell is second in assists at 10.89 a set and Catherine Repsher leads all player in block, at 1.28 per set.
Florida International at 6-8 and has a 1-3 mark in road matches. The Panthers are led by Katie Hogan, who has tallied 144 kills thus far. FIU has two players in the top 10 in blocks, with Brianna Gogins averaging 1.10 blocks per set and Jennifer Ene averaging 1.09.
There will be a tailgate before Friday’s match beginning at 6 p.m. in the grass lot next to the North Texas Volleyball Center.