North Texas Hosts Charlotte As C-USA Race Heats Up
Mean Green Challenges 49ers On Sunday At 1 P.M.
DENTON – With less than a month left until the Conference USA tournament begins, the North Texas volleyball team looks to improve on its seventh-place ranking this weekend when it hosts Charlotte for a C-USA match on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The top-eight teams make the tournament, so the Mean Green (10-12, 4-3 C-USA) have work left to do to secure their spot in Houston after going 1-1 last weekend with a victory over UTEP and a five-set loss to Florida Atlantic.
The Mean Green hosts Charlotte (7-16, 1-6 C-USA) to complete its three-match home stand this weekend, but still has road tests left versus Rice, Southern Miss and Western Kentucky left on the schedule.
The good news for North Texas is Holly Milam is getting her groove back after battling injuries to begin the season. Along with getting healthy, Milam moved back to her regular position, middle back, from outside hitter, where she was playing early in the season. The transition back has paid dividends for the former Second-Team All-Conference selection, as she is leading the team in kills in C-USA play with 79.
Milam, who struggled to find consistency earlier in the year, has logged double-digit kills in seven of the last eight matches, something she only did five times in the first half of the season. In addition to an uptick on offense, her defense has picked up as she has logged at least two blocks in six-straight matches, bringing her season total to 28. Milam led North Texas with 101 blocks a year ago.
Karley York continues to excel at setter for the Mean Green. The sophomore has started 15 matches at setter, recording 25 or more assists in 13 of those matches, including a career-high 60 versus FAU this part Sunday.
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