DENVER, Colorado (10/23/06) The Mean Green volleyball had its six-match winning streak snapped 3-1 (30-23, 29-31, 30-27, 30-25) Monday night in Denver, dropping the squad back into a tie for first place in the Sun Belt West.
The loss snaps the longest win streak for North Texas (17-11, 8-4) since 2003.
Always a tough host, Denver (15-9, 8-4) registered four players with double-figure kills, including preseason all-conference selection Lisa Hunter who finished with a game-high 20.
The Mean Green was led by their two seniors, Tara Hooser and Brittney Gregory, who did not let the altitude affect their performance. Hooser finished with 16 kills on 42 tries and added three blocks, while Gregory put up 15 kills of her own to go along with eight digs and four blocks.
Katy Prokof put up 13 kills and Ashley Bass continued to perform well by dishing out a season-high 52 assists. National aces leader, Brooke Engel, was held without an ace for the first time in five matches.
The loss was the first time that the Mean Green dropped a match when they scored a higher attack percentage than the opponent, as they hit for a .216 percentage as opposed to .199 for the Pioneers. Coach Cassie Headrick’s team had won the previous 16 matches when outhitting the opponent.
North Texas will return home to face Arkansas State and Arkansas-Little Rock on Friday and Sunday. The Indians were tied for first with the Mean Green in the Sun Belt West entering the week.
Match times are set for 7 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Sunday from the North Texas Volleyball Center.