LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (10/28/07) North Texas’ Brooke Engel pounded UALR with one of the greatest serving performances in NCAA history, but it wasn’t enough as the Trojans nipped the Mean Green in five games, 30-26, 32-30, 29-31, 24-30, 9-15.
The North Texas (10-18, 6-8) senior landed 12 aces on the Trojans (18-8, 10-4), making Engel only the sixth woman in NCAA history to record at least a dozen aces in a five-game match.
“We played with a lot of intensity today, but we just made too many mistakes towards the end of the match,” said North Texas head coach Cassie Headrick. “It was a lot of fun watching Brooke today, she was simply amazing on the serve and I’m really excited to see her get the record.”
Engel takes the program’s single-match serving record from her former teammate Brittney Gregory (10 versus Grambling State in 2002) to add to her impressive collection. The New Braunfels, Texas native already owned the North Texas season and career marks.
Only one player in Sun Belt history has ever had more aces in a match, South Florida’s Belinda Spivey scored 14 against Temple in 1986.
Engel wasn’t the only Mean Green player with an outstanding performance against UALR. Heather Maddox was the catalyst behind the North Texas offense with 67 assists the ninth most in school history. The sophomore has turned into one of the Sun Belt’s premier setters of late, reaching the 60-assist plateau three times in the last seven matches.
Katy Prokof burned the Trojans with a career-high 25 kills on Sunday, and libero Jessica Hulsebosch racked up a season-high 28 digs.
North Texas returns to the Mean Green Volleyball Center on Friday for a trio of weekend matches. NT takes on Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday at 7 p.m., Louisiana at Monroe on Saturday at 7 p.m. and New Orleans on Sunday at 1 p.m.