Mean Green Sweeps South Alabama

DENTON (10/8/04) -- The North Texas volleyball team (4-12, 3-2) remained perfect at home this season with a 3-0 (30-18, 30-22, 30-24) victory over South Alabama (1-10, 1-4) Friday night at the Snake Pit.

The Mean Green improved to 3-0 in home matches this season and is now riding a six-match home winning streak dating back to last season. North Texas swept its third opponent of the season and extended its winning streak against the Jaguars to five matches.

North Texas had four players record double-figure kills for the second time this year, including Katy Prokof with a match-high 12. Brittney Gregory and Anne Pope each finished with 11 kills and Tara Hooser added 10. Freshman middle blocker Erica Wendell got her third start of the season and responded with a career-high eight kills.

With the score tied 10-10 in the first game, the Mean Green pulled away with a 14-4 run that gave it a double-figure advantage. The second game was close for a while as well, but NT used a 5-0 run to break a 12-12 tie and didn’t let USA get any closer than four points the rest of the way.

North Texas came out of the break strong, jumping out to a 9-2 lead early in the final game. The Mean Green was in control the remainder of the match and cruised to the win.

North Texas posted a .275 hitting percentage, its second highest of the season, while USA hit just .083. The Mean Green recorded 20 more kills, 23 more assists, 17 more digs and two more blocks than the Jaguars.

In addition to her 11 kills, Gregory posted a career-high 17 digs to finish with her second double-double of the season. Jessica Hulsebosch, who was named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, tallied 17 digs and has now recorded at least 17 digs in three straight matches. Heidi Johnson ran the Mean Green offense efficiently, handing out a match-high 47 assists.

North Texas will host New Orleans on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a key Sun Belt Conference West Division match. The Mean Green is currently in third place in the division, just a half game behind UNO in the standings.



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