DENTON, Texas (9/23/07) The Mean Green volleyball team rallied from two games down to grind out a 3-2 win over Arkansas State on Sunday, 22-30, 29-31, 30-24, 30-23, 18-16.
Up against a wall in the fifth and deciding game, Brooke Engel’s serve knotted the game at 13 apiece, and Erica Wendell slammed home a pair of kills to finish off the Indians.
The comeback started with a Mean Green (5-11, 1-1) rally in game three. Facing a sweep by Arkansas State (3-8, 0-2), North Texas rode the momentum of Engel’s stellar serve to rally from a 0-4 deficit. The senior landed seven aces, and threw off the Arkansas State passing scheme all afternoon with her devastating serve.
Jessica Hulsebosch came up with a pair of crucial digs in the closing moments of the fifth game, and was nothing short of stellar against the Indians. The reigning Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week broke her own school record with a sixth consecutive match of 20-plus digs with 25 on the day.
Heather Maddox helped the Mean Green even its SBC record with a season-best 59 assists. Her efforts helped NT post a season-best 73 kills, with four players posting double-digit kills.
North Texas travels to Western Kentucky and the reigning Sun Belt Champion Middle Tennessee next weekend.