JONESBORO, Ark. (10/23/04) -- While the North Texas volleyball team (4-17, 3-6) suffered a 3-0 (25-30, 22-30, 19-30) setback at the hands of a red-hot Arkansas State team (20-6, 7-2) on Saturday night, junior middle blocker Brittney Gregory had a memorable night as she became third player in school history to record 1,000 kills in a career.
Gregory posted a team-high 11 kills to push her career total to 1,005 and move her into second place all-time at North Texas in the stat behind former teammate Corina Marginas. Gregory passed Jessica Brown, who finished her career with 1,002 kills from 1996-99.
Arkanas State continued its outstanding play of late, winning its eighth consecutive match and reaching 20 victories for the season. North Texas dropped its fifth consecutive match and fell to 3-6 in Sun Belt play.
The Mean Green had its best showing in the first game, hitting a team-high .225. However, ASU hit a match-high .383 in the same game and recorded an impressive 25 kills to pull out a five-point win that it gave it the early momentum. The Mean Green kept the second game close for a while, but gave up a 6-1 run and couldn’t recover. The Lady Indians hit .268 in the final game and were able to hold a solid lead for most of the contest.
North Texas finished the match with a .060 hitting percentage, while Arkansas State hit .259. ASU’s Giedre Tarnauskaite inflicted most of the damage on the Mean Green, finishing with a match-high 16 kills.
Sophomore’s Taylor Lawrence and Tara Hooser followed Gregory with eight and seven kills, respectively. Jessica Hulsebosch paced the Mean Green defensively with 14 digs and Heidi Johnson tallied a team-high 28 assists. Johnson’s 28 assists gives her 733 for the season, the ninth most in school history for a single season.
North Texas will take a brief break from Sun Belt Conference play on Tuesday when it hosts TCU (14-8) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Mean Green will return to league play Friday at New Orleans (7 p.m.).