DENTON (10/23/05) -- The North Texas volleyball team (9-16, 3-4) snapped a five-match skid with a 34-32, 30-28, 30-22 victory over Florida International on Sunday at the Snake Pit in a Sun Belt Conference contest.
The Mean Green improved to 3-4 in SBC play and remains in second place in the West Division, two games behind Denver. NT also improved to 3-4 at the Snake Pit, where it will play four of its final seven regular-season matches. North Texas recorded its fifth sweep of the year and 36th under head coach Cassie Headrick.
North Texas was unable to hit over .200 in either of the first two closely-contested games, but upped its attack percentage to .452 in the final game to close out the match in impressive fashion. For the entire match, the Mean Green posted 41 kills on a .221 hitting percentage in comparison to the Golden Panthers 48 kills and .115 attack percentage.
The Mean Green held off four game-point serves by Florida International to tie the score at 32-32 in the first game when NT’s Katy Prokof smashed two consecutive kills to end it. Prokof finished the match with a team-high 11 kills and has now registered double-figure kills in 11 of the Mean Green’s last 14 matches.
NT fell behind 10-16 in the second game, but went on an 11-3 run at that point to take a 21-19 advantage. With the scored tied 24-24, the Mean Green went on a 3-0 run and didn’t give up the lead the rest of the way. FIU rallied from 14-6 deficit in the third game to pull within 19-17, however the Mean Green once again took control of the match and outscored the Golden Panthers 11-5 to complete the sweep.
Behind eight blocks from freshman Catherine Coffey, North Texas posted 12 blocks. Coffey added six kills on a .500 attack percentage. Jessica Hulsebosch collected a team-high 10 digs as the Mean Green finished with 41 as a team. Freshman Rachel Raley tacked on seven kills, making her the sixth Mean Green player to surpass 100 kills this season.
Sophomore Ashley Bass handed out a team-high 30 assists and also had seven digs and three kills.
North Texas returns to action on Thursday in a 7 p.m. match at Arkansas State.