Mean Green Can?t Hold Early Lead In 3-1 Setback At Arkansas State

JONESBORO, Ark. (10/27/05) -- Despite four Mean Green players registering double-figure kills, the North Texas volleyball team (9-17, 3-5) couldn’t hold an early lead against Arkansas State (11-15, 4-6) in a 35-33, 22-30, 29-31, 25-30 setback Thursday night at the Convocation Center in a Sun Belt Conference match.

The Mean Green finished the match with 63 kills on a .159 hitting percentage, while the Lady Indians recorded 75 kills and a .213 attack percentage. ASU attempted 12 more attacks than North Texas, but still finished with 12 more digs and eight more blocks than the Mean Green.

NT hit a team-high .167 in the final game, but ASU countered with a team-high .359 attack percentage as well. While the Mean Green never hit above .200 in any of the four games, the Lady Indians did so twice.

North Texas was led by Katy Prokof with a team-high 18 kills and 17 digs, giving her six double-doubles on the season. She was followed by Tara Hooser with 15 kills, Brooke Engel with 11 and Erica Wendell with 10. Ashley Bass posted a team-high 56 assists, marking the fourth time this year she has tallied at least 50 assists in a match.

Jessica Hulsebosch paced the Mean Green defensively, recording 30 digs to tie her season high. The sophomore libero has now posted at least 30 digs four times during her career, more than any other player in school history.

Arkansas State was led by three players with a double-double, including Aaron Robin with a team-high 21 kills and 10 digs.

North Texas will host Denver on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the first of four consecutive-home matches.



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