LAS CRUCES, NM (10/3/04) -- The North Texas volleyball team (3-12, 2-2) fell 3-0 (30-9, 30-19, 30-25) to New Mexico State (13-2, 4-0) on Sunday at the Pan American Center in a Sun Belt Conference West Division match.
The Aggies remained perfect in Sun Belt play, improving to 4-0 against league opponents, and showed why they were picked to repeat as the West Division champions. NMSU won its 19th straight Sun Belt match by posting a .248 hitting percentage and holding the Mean Green offense in check for most of the day. NT managed to hit just .025, its lowest attack percentage of the season.
North Texas gave up a big run in each game that it could not recover from. Trailing 5-4 in the first game, New Mexico State went on a 15-0 run to take a commanding 19-4 advantage. With the score tied 15-15 in the second game, the Aggies outscored the Mean Green 15-4 the rest of the way. NT was able to keep the final game close for a while and actually had the score tied at 22-22, but gave up a 4-0 run and got no closer than three points through the remainder of the contest.
North Texas was led offensively by Katy Prokof and Brittney Gregory with eight kills each. Heidi Johnson recorded a team-high 30 assists, while Jessica Hulsebosch continued her outstanding play with a match-high 19 digs. The freshman libero recorded a career-high 33 digs in the Mean Green’s game against Denver on Friday.
The outing marked the end of a three-match road swing for North Texas, which will play eight of its final 14 regular-season matches at home. NT will host South Alabama on Friday at 7 p.m. and close out next week’s play on Saturday against New Orleans at the Snake Pit.