New Orleans, La. (Lakefront Arena) (10/6/01) - The North Texas volleyball team evened its conference record to 3-3 and brought its overall record to 8-9 after capturing its second consecutive victory on Saturday, defeating New Orleans (5-9, 1-5) in a Sun Belt Conference West Division match by a 3-0 score.
The Mean Green also swept South Alabama on Friday night and has now knocked off five opponents this season in three games, the most for North Texas since 1995 when it swept nine opponents.
"We gave another good team effort today," said North Texas head coach Cassie Headrick. "Everyone is doing their part. Kristin (Sheppard) distributed the ball well and the entire team did a good job of putting the ball down."
The Mean Green posted a .364 hitting percentage, its best single-game percentage of the match, in the first game and claimed a 30-26 win. North Texas didn’t let up, capturing a 30-25 game-two victory and winning the third game by a 36-34 score.
The Mean Green lost a match earlier this season after being up 2-0 and dropped two other matches after leading 2-1, but has now denied three consecutive opponents the chance to crawl back into the match after having them down. "New Orleans came on strong towards the end of the third game, but it was evident that our team wanted to win and was ready to do whatever it took," said Headrick.
North Texas ran out of substitutions in the third game, forcing junior middle blocker Tanya Samples (Nocona, Tex.), who registered eight kills and a team-high five blocks, to serve game-point in the third game. She came through with her first ace of the season and only the second of her career, sealing the North Texas victory.
Sophomore outside hitter Corina Marginas (Brasov, Romania) narrowly missed her 10th double-double of the season with 14 kills and a team-best nine digs. Although Marginas was the only UNT player to record double-figure kills, the squad had three other players record at least eight kills and two others come away with at least two.
Despite recording only 45 kills to UNO’s 58, North Texas posted a .259 hitting percentage in comparison to the Privateers .237. The Mean Green also had 11 service aces and 7.5 team blocks for the match.
The match closed out a four-match road stretch for North Texas. The Mean Green will continue Sun Belt Conference play at home on Friday, hosting Arkansas-Little Rock in a 7 p.m. match at the Snake Pit.