DENTON, Texas - The North Texas volleyball team knocked Western Kentucky on its heels in the first set, but couldn't hold onto the momentum in a 3-1 loss to the Hilltoppers on Sunday afternoon (26-28, 25-13, 25-14, 25-21).
Amy Huddleston led the Mean Green (17-11, 9-4 SBC West) offensive efforts with 11 kills, but NT had trouble catching up with the WKU (23-6, 12-1 SBC West) attack which hit .336 on the afternoon, the highest by an NT opponent in 2010.
The Hilltoppers landed nine service aces, which is also a Mean Green opponent high, and registered 14 blocks - the second most in '10.
North Texas took an 8-4 lead on a Melanie Boykins ace and never looked back in the first set. WKU later tied the score at 24 and 26, but a pair of kills from Brittani Youman closed the set for NT.
The second and third sets were all Hilltoppers. WKU hit .857 in the second frame, which is the highest by a Mean Green opponent in 2010. Western Kentucky held NT to a combined -.068 attack percentage in those two sets.
The Mean Green returned with a vengeance in the fourth set, and pounded WKU with 12 kills on .333 hitting. NT led 20-19 late in the set, but a trio of Hilltopper kills put the match out of reach for NT.
North Texas heads out on the road to face the Arkansas duo next weekend. The Mean Green takes on UALR on Friday at 7 p.m., and will face Arkansas State in a showdown for the Western Division title on Saturday at 7 p.m.