Volleyball Preview: Florida Atlantic
Mean Green Returns Home to Take on Tough FAU Squad
Opponent Match Notes: Florida Atlantic
Conference USA Notes: Week 9
Match #23: Florida Atlantic (15-6, 6-2 C-USA) at North Texas (13-9, 4-5 C-USA)
North Texas Volleyball Center (600) - Denton, Texas
Friday, Oct. 23, 7:00 p.m. CT
- North Texas broke a three game losing skid after defeating Louisiana Tech on the road last Sunday. The Mean Green equaled its longest conference losing streak in 2013 was a span of three games. The victory was the first Conference USA road win for North Texas in 2014.
- From 2012-2014, North Texas has been exceptional when playing at home inside the friendly confines of the North Texas Volleyball Center in Denton. The Mean Green has won 32 games and lost only 9 games in front of a home crowd over the course of the last three years.
- Currently, the Mean Green holds sole posession of the 7th spot in the Conference USA standings. Florida Atlantic sits in a tie for third place with Rice, both at 6-2 in C-USA play. Rule changes to the championship format for 2014 find the Mean Green in a dogfight to stay in contention for a slot in the conference tournament, as only the top eight qualify. In the C-USA preseason poll, North Texas was picked fourth while FAU, a surprise team in 2014, was projected to finish 11th of 13.
- The Mean Green is 7-2 in the all-time series with the Owls dating back to 2006, with the last match being won by North Texas. 3-1, in the first round of the 2013 Conference USA tournament.
- Junior outside hitter Carnae Dillard looks to continue leading not only the Mean Green but the conference and nation as well. Dillard has recorded a NCAA-leading 16 double-doubles so far this season. She also currently ranks among the top five in four other statistical categories (5.25 kills per set, 5.71 points per set, 1015 total attacks, 420 total kills). All of which lead Conference USA.
Around the Conference:
Oct. 24, 2014
- UTEP at Marshall - 5:00 p.m.
- LA Tech at Charlotte - 6 p.m.
- Middle Tennessee at Rice - 6 p.m.
- FIU at WKU - 7 p.m.
- UAB at Southern Miss - 7 p.m.