DENTON (10/9/05) -- The North Texas volleyball team (8-13, 2-2) won the first two games against Arkansas-Little Rock (13-8, 3-2) , but was unable to closeout the match as the Trojans rallied to capture a hard-fought 3-2 (28-30, 35-37, 30-20, 30-26, 15-6) comeback victory Sunday at the Snake Pit in Sun Belt Conference play.
The Mean Green hit at least .236 in each of the first three games before watching its attack percentage drop below .100 in the final two games. UALR, on the other hand, increased its attack percentage from .162 in the first game to .533 in the final contest. North Texas finished the match with a .190 hitting percentage, while the Trojans recorded a .263 percentage.
The Mean Green fell behind 23-17 in the first game, but came back to tie the match at 26-26 before winning four of the games final six points. The second game saw 21 ties and seven lead changes before North Texas came out on top 37-35. The 72 combined points are the most in a single-game for the Mean Green this year and the second most in school history. UALR held game-point twice and North Texas five times.
UALR jumped out to a 13-4 advantage in the third game and didn’t let North Texas get any closer than four points the rest of the way. North Texas held a 12-4 lead in the third game, but the Trojans went on a 12-3 run at that point to take a 16-15 advantage. The game was tied 19-19, but UALR outscored NT 11-7 to pull out the win. The fifth game was all Trojans as they went ahead 8-4 and closed out the match with a nine-point victory.
North Texas attempted a season-high 200 attacks, but finished with just its third-highest kill production with 66. Arkansas-Little Rock posted 88 kills on 209 attempts.
The Mean Green had three players record double-figure kills, including sophomore Katy Prokof with a team-high 21. Prokof’s 21 kills were the second most of her career and the second most by any Mean Green player this season. Junior Tara Hooser added 13 kills and freshman Catherine Coffey collected 10.
The Mean Green posted a season-high 14 blocks, led by Coffey with six block assists and two solo blocks. UALR recorded eight blocks, but had 16 more digs than North Texas. Sophomore Ashley Bass handed out a team-high 52 assists and also had 13 digs to pick up her third double-double of the year.
The Trojans had four players post double-figure kills and two finish with at least 20 kills, including Larisa Durmisevic with a match-high 25.
North Texas is back in action on Oct. 14 at Middle Tennessee at 7 p.m.