DENTON, Texas (10/02/08) Only 13 matches into their freshman seasons, Sarah Willey and Breanne Owens have become the back-line duo that North Texas volleyball coach Cassie Headrick has been searching for. Tonight they put their streak of double-digit digs up against Louisiana-Monroe at the Mean Green Volleyball Center.
Willey and Owens have both recorded double-digit digs in each of the last six matches a first in the Headrick era which began in 2000. Willey is averaging 4.18 digs per set and Owens isn’t far behind at 3.64 per set over that six match span. At this pace, Willey’s season average of 3.15 digs per set would put her among the top-10 dig seasons in school history.
The Mean Green gets to the heart of its season-long five-match home stand with ULM, Louisiana-Lafayette and New Orleans visiting the Mean Green Volleyball Center this weekend.
Former North Texas assistant coach John Schmidt III returns with his Warhawk squad once again looking for his first win against the Mean Green in his fifth chance. Tonight’s action begins at 7 p.m., and live stats are available through meangreensports.com.
What To Watch For
Kati Dillard is putting the heat on opponent attackers with her formidable block. Dillard has had at least five blocks in each of the last three matches, including a team season-high seven blocks against Central Florida.
It appeared as though the Mean Green might have turned the corner in the error department last week, but NT reverted back to its erring ways versus Denver. North Texas committed 27 attack errors and 12 service errors against an already potent Denver squad.
North Texas fell to 5-4 all-time in Sun Belt openers with a 3-1 loss to Denver last Saturday. The Mean Green has now lost its last three conference openers, but was able to follow those losses with a victory in each of the last two years.
Only fractions separate Kayla Saey and Marelle Lepmets for the starting setter job. Lepmets, the every-day starter, is averaging 8.25 assists per set. Saey, a freshman, is averaging a team-best 8.85 and has the season-high of 42 assists.