MIAMI - A night after its best offensive showing of the season the North Texas volleyball team's offense stayed on the ground in a 3-0 loss to FIU on Saturday (25-23, 25-19, 25-20).
North Texas (9-8, 1-1 Sun Belt West) entered Saturday 7-0 in three-set matches this year, but suffered its first sweep of the year at the hands of the Golden Panthers (8-6, 2-0 Sun Belt East). No Mean Green team in school history had ever gone 17 matches into the season before suffering its first sweep.
FIU held NT to its lowest hitting percentage of the year, .082, and rendered its lead weapon, Amy Huddleston, ineffective. The senior posted a team-high nine kills, but hit just .031 against the Golden Panthers.
Roxana Casvean and Rachelle Wilson were the Mean Green's most effective weapons at .400 and .385 hitting respectively, but combined for just 10 kills.
Sarah Willey's defensive presence kept NT in the match. The junior tallied a match-high 18 digs as the Mean Green posted a 50-42 edge in team digs.
North Texas will finally play a home match next Friday night as Louisiana-Lafayette comes to Denton. The home opener at the Mean Green Volleyball Center is slated for 7 p.m.