DENTON (10/26/04) -- The North Texas volleyball team (4-18) battled TCU (15-7) throughout a non-conference match at the Snake Pit on Tuesday night, but the Horned Frogs high-powered offense was too much for the Mean Green to overcome in a 3-0 (25-30, 22-30, 18-30) setback.
TCU finished the match with a .320 attack percentage and recorded 19 kills in all three games to overpower North Texas. The Mean Green hit at least .200 in the first two games before dropping to .026 in the final contest, bringing its hitting percentage to .149 for the entire match.
North Texas hit a team-high .209 in the first game and led 24-23 late, but the Horned Frogs bounced back by winning six of the last seven points and finishing with a .245 attack percentage.
North Texas rallied from a 19-11 deficit in the second outing to pull within 22-26 and force a TCU timeout. The Horned Frogs came out of the timeout energized and were able to put the game away with four consecutive points.
Leading 10-7 in the last game, TCU went on a 6-1 run and held at least a six-point advantage the rest of the way.
North Texas was led by Anne Pope, who finished just two kills shy of her career high with 14 on an impressive .500 hitting percentage. Pope committed just two errors in 24 attempts. The senior middle blocker also recorded a team-high three blocks. Now with 705 career kills, she needs just four more to move into 10th place all-time at North Texas in the stat.
Katy Prokof was the only other North Texas player to register double-figure kills, collecting 10. Tara Hooser was also an offensive threat, recording eight kills on a .300 attack percentage. Heidi Johnson tallied a team-high 36 assists and added six digs. The Mean Green was led defensively by Jessica Hulsebosch, who finished with a match-high 19 digs.
TCU had three players record at least 14 kills, led by Ann Vaughn with 16.
North Texas returns to the road and resumes Sun Belt Conference play Friday at New Orleans in a 7 p.m. match. The Mean Green is just one game behind second-place UNO in the Sun Belt’s West Division.