LAFAYETTE, La. (10/2/09) - The Mean Green volleyball team jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Louisiana-Lafayette and held on for a crucial 3-2 (20-20, 25-22, 20-25, 22-25, 15-12) victory on Saturday night.
North Texas (6-11, 2-1 Sun Belt) swept ULM on Friday night before knocking off the Ragin' Cajuns (6-12, 0-3 Sun Belt) with 68 kills on .205 hitting at Earl K. Long Gymnasium. The Mean Green now has an opportunity to sweep the three-day Louisiana road trip for the first time in school history with a win at New Orleans at noon.
NT posted 25-20 and 25-22 wins in the opening frames until the Cajuns turned the tables and mirrored those wins in the third and fourth sets. The Mean Green didn't leave anything to chance in the fifth set, jumping out to a 6-2 lead and never looking back.
The Mean Green has now played in eight 5-set matches this season, picking up victories in each of the last four. NT has won six of its last ten matches overall.
Roxana Casvean and Amy Huddleston shared the bulk of the offensive duties with 18 kills each. Casvean reached her season high in the third set, piling up .224 attack percentage on the evening.
Huddleston's efforts put her 18 kills closer to the North Texas career top-10 list. The junior now has 682 career kills, and needs just 109 more to tie for 10th in school history.
Sarah Willey led three Mean Green players in double-figure digs with 19 against the Ragin' Cajuns. Setter Kayla Saey notched 56 assists and 16 digs, and Huddleston also notched a double-double with 14 digs.