MONROE, La. – The ULM Warhawks volleyball team snapped its 83-match Sun Belt losing streak on Tuesday, and on Friday night it knocked off North Texas for the first time since 1991. The Mean Green won the first set, but couldn’t defend their 17-match win streak over the Warhwaks in a five-set loss (17-25, 26-24, 25-23, 20-25, 15-13).
North Texas (10-8, 1-2 Sun Belt West) got 18 kills and 16 digs from Eboni Godfrey, but it wasn’t enough against a Warhawks (8-6, 2-2 Sun Belt West) team that hit .208 on the evening.
The Mean Green tied the fifth set at 13 apiece before a Zuzana Markova kill and an NT attack error ended the night. Markova paced the Warhawks with a team-best 16 kills and 11 digs.
Shelley Morton was a presence on both sides of the court for the Mean Green. The senior racked up 13 kills and a team-high 19 digs.
North Texas led the first set wire-to-wire and held the Warhawks to .152 hitting in the 25-17 win.
The Mean Green was trailing 21-18 in the second set, but a Madison Barr kill tied the frame at 21 apiece and Eboni Godfrey pounded a kill to put NT on top at 23-22. NT couldn’t hold on as Markova hit a shot to even win the set, 26-24, for the first set win for ULM against NT since 2008.
North Texas opened the third set with a 5-1 lead, but couldn’t make it stand up as the Warhawks pulled out a 25-23 victory. Much like the third, NT opened the fourth set with a 6-2 advantage, but this time they held on for a 20-25 win with .294 hitting.
North Texas heads south in the Pelican state to take on Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday at noon.