DENTON (10/9/04) -- The North Texas volleyball team’s (4-13, 3-3) late rally against New Orleans (14-3, 4-1) on Saturday afternoon fell just short in a 3-1 setback (33-31, 26-30, 19-30, 28-30) at the Snake Pit in a Sun Belt Conference match.
The Mean Green had already pulled off a comeback victory in game one and had a shot at its second of the day in the final game, but couldn’t quite complete the rally in a two-point loss. The Mean Green fought back from a 26-29 deficit to cut UNO’s lead to just one point at 29-28 before committing a ball handling error that ended the match.
Neither team hit over. 200 in a defensive battle that saw a combined 187 digs and 21 blocks. UNO finished with 95 digs in comparison to the Mean Green’s season-high 92, but NT collected four more blocks. While North Texas hit .151 to New Orlean’s .183, it finished with just five fewer kills (66-61).
The Mean Green posted its highest attack percentage of the match in the fourth game at .286, but UNO also had its best hitting performance in the game at .224. NT was hurt by 11 reception errors and five ball handling errors that cost it down the stretch.
Brittney Gregory led North Texas with a team-high 18 kills and collected her third double-double with 12 digs as well. Gregory now has 963 career kills, leaving her just 37 shy of becoming the third player in school history to record 1,000 kills.
Erica Wendell was the only other Mean Green player to finish with double-figure kills, recording a career-high 13. The freshman middle blocker led NT’s charge at the net with a career-high eight blocks. The Mean Green had its second best blocking effort of the season with 13 total blocks.
Freshman Jessica Hulsebosch recorded a team-high 20 digs and now has at least 20 digs in three matches this season. Heidi Johnson picked up her team-best seventh double-double with 51 assists and 17 digs.
The Mean Green fell to 0-4 in four-game matches and to 3-4 when leading after one game. North Texas recorded season-high numbers for kills (61), attempts (199) and assists (57) in a four-game match and its 92 digs are just three shy of the 10th most in school history for any match.
The Mean Green will play at Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday at 7 p.m. before returning to Sun Belt action when it hosts Florida International on Oct. 16.