Comeback Over Cajuns Falls Short In Four Sets


LAFAYETTE, La. – Down two sets to Louisiana-Lafayette, the North Texas volleyball team’s furious comeback fell just short in 3-1 loss on Sunday afternoon (25-17, 31-29, 23-25, 27-25).

North Texas (10-9, 1-3 Sun Belt West) had won four straight matches over the Ragin’ Cajuns (9-12, 1-4 Sun Belt West), but found itself in a 2-0 hole thanks to .291 hitting from ULL over the opening two frames.  

After the second set intermission, Hallie McDonald and the Mean Green opened the third with a 3-0 run thanks to a pair of kills from the freshman, while Reasons and Shelley Morton powered a 12-4 that lifted NT to a 25-23 set win to keep North Texas alive.

Kendall Whitson tied the fourth set at 25 with a kill, but a pair of Cajun kills dashed the Mean Green’s hopes of sending the match to a fifth and deciding frame.

Morton led four Mean Green players in double figures with 14 kills, while McDonald posted 11 and Eboni Godfrey and Melanie Boykins both added 10. Sarah Willey showed why she is one of the league’s top liberos with 24 digs.

The Cajuns ran away with the first set, 25-17, thanks to 15 kills on .333 hitting in the frame.

ULL carried that momentum into the second set with a quick 4-0 start, but the Mean Green kept things close and tied the set at 19 apiece on a Lacy Reasons kill. Boykins gave NT its first lead of the set with a kill on the next serve. After trading points, ULL’s Mayme Cook and Kerrilyn Lazare turned the tide with a block, and Cook finished the set for Louisiana-Lafayette at 31-29.

North Texas heads to the Natural state to face UALR and Arkansas State next weekend.



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