TROY, Ala. (10/24/09) - The North Texas volleyball team jumped back into the driver's seat in its hunt for a Sun Belt Tournament berth with a 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-18) win at Troy.
Brittani Youman tied a personal-high with 18 kills on the night, and landed a career-best .567 attack percentage. The junior spurred a North Texas (9-15, 5-5 Sun Belt) offense that hit a season-best .303, and had three players with at least 12 kills. The win is NT's first at Troy (11-13, 6-6 Sun Belt) since 2005.
Had the SBC Championships started last week, NT would have been the first team on the outside looking in on the tournament, which only takes the league's top eight squads. But back-to-back wins over South Alabama and Troy should vault the Mean Green right back into the fray.
Troy was tied for the SBC Tournament's fifth seed heading into the weekend, but couldn't handle North Texas' potent attack. Aside from Youman's 18 kills, Amy Huddleston smashed home 16 kills and Brittany Brown tallied 12. Kayla Saey was the conductor with 52 assists.
NT's defensive effort wasn't too shabby either. Lacy Reasons got under a career-best 14 digs, while Sarah Willey and Roxana Casvean tallied 13 and 12 respectively.
North Texas won't have long to celebrate the win, as the longest home stand in school history starts on Monday night against Denver. The Mean Green will host six straight Sun Belt opponents in Denton over the next two weeks.