DENTON (10/30/05) -- The North Texas volleyball team (10-17, 4-5) pulled within one game of Sun Belt Conference West Division leader Denver (12-9, 5-4) in the league standings after a dominating 30-24, 30-22, 30-24 victory over the Pioneers on Sunday at the Snake Pit.
Both Denver and North Texas have four Sun Belt Conference matches remaining before the league tournament begins on November 17. The Mean Green improved to 4-4 in home matches this season and will play three of its final four regular-season matches at the Snake Pit.
North Texas and Denver each finished with 50 kills, but North Texas hit .249 in comparison to Denver’s .158. Both teams recorded seven blocks and the Mean Green had just four more digs than the Pioneers, but Denver had 13 more attack errors.
Three North Texas players recorded double-figure kills, led by Tara Hooser with 14. The junior outside hitter also recorded a career-high 10 digs to register her first career double-double. Katy Prokof and Brooke Engel followed Hooser with 10 kills each. Sophomore setter Ashley Bass finished with 45 assists for an impressive average of 15 per game, while sophomore libero Jessica Hulsebosch paced the Mean Green defensively with 23 digs.
Hulsebosch now has 444 digs this season, leaving her just 18 shy of breaking the school record for single-season digs. Her 23 digs also gave her 860 for her career and moved her into fourth place all-time at North Texas in the statistic.
North Texas rallied from a 9-3 deficit in the first game by going on an 8-0 run to take its first lead. North Texas eventually went up 22-17 and didn’t let the Pioneers get any closer than three points the rest of the way. The second game was all North Texas as it jumped out to a 9-3 advantage and built its lead to as much as 11 points at 25-14. With the score tied 22-22 in the final game, the Mean Green went on an 8-2 run to close out the match.
North Texas picked up its sixth sweep over an opponent this season and its 37th under head coach Cassie Headrick.
Denver was led by Lisa Hunter with a team-high 16 kills.
The Mean Green will host Troy on Friday at 7 p.m. in its next match.