Las Cruces, NM (10/4/02) - The North Texas volleyball team (7-12, 2-1) suffered its first Sun Belt Conference loss of the season Friday night in a 3-0 (22-30, 23-30, 22-30) setback at New Mexico State (12-4, 3-0), the league’s West Division defending champion.
North Texas committed 10 attack errors in the first game and nine in each of the second two games on its way to hitting just .078 for the match. New Mexico State, on the other hand, recorded a .255 hitting percentage with six more kills in 10 fewer attempts than the Mean Green.
"New Mexico State is a good team and they did a great job tonight, but I think we hurt ourselves with alot of mistakes," said North Texas head coach Cassie Headrick. "We couldn’t get anything started offensively. We had problems passing the ball, too many hitting errors and had some serves float out on us."
North Texas was led by Brittney Gregory, who finished with seven kills and a team-high .389 hitting percentage. She also led North Texas at the net with a team-best three blocks.
"Brittney Gregory played very hard and did a good job of putting the ball down when the opportunities were there," said Headrick.
Outside hitter Brieanne Fowler returned to the court for the first time since suffering an ankle injury in practice the week following the Mean Green’s match against Tennessee-Martin on Sept. 7. She didn’t start, but saw action in two games and finished with four kills and six digs.
"I thought Brieanne played pretty well for her first time back on the court," said Headrick. "Her movement is still a little hampered by the injury, but she did some good things for us tonight."
North Texas will play Denver on Sunday at 2 p.m. (CST), closing out a two-match road stretch.