DENTON (11/4/05) -- The North Texas volleyball team picked up its second straight win Friday, defeating Troy 30-18, 37-35, 30-28 at the Snake Pit in a Sun Belt Conference match.
The Mean Green is now 11-17 overall and evened its Sun Belt record to 5-5, while Troy fell one game below .500 at 10-11 and to 3-7 in league action. Not only has North Texas won back-to-back matches, they were both sweeps and it has now collected seven 3-0 victories on the year and 38 all-time under head coach Cassie Headrick.
North Texas finished the match with 41 kills on a .259 hitting percentage and came away with a season-high 19 blocks to shut down the Trojans offense, which hit just .072. The Mean Green’s 19 blocks are the most ever under Headrick. Three North Texas players recorded at least six blocks, led by freshman middle blocker Catherine Coffey with eight.
NT hit a match-high .360 in the first game as it pulled out a dominating 12-point victory. The second game saw North Texas hold game-point five times before it finally put Troy away. Leading 14-13 almost halfway through the final game, the Mean Green went on a 9-4 run to take control.
Ashley Bass picked up her fifth double-double of the season with 37 assists and 11 digs and also recorded a career-high six blocks. Tara Hooser recorded a team-high 12 attacks and was followed by Brooke Engel with nine. Hooser has now posted double-figure kills in three straight matches and 14 for the year.
Troy was led by two players with double-figure kills, including Eliza Swettler with a team-high 18.
The Mean Green won its third straight match at the Snake Pit, giving the team a 5-4 home record on the season. NT has two home matches remaining and if it can win both of those will tie its most victories at the Snake Pit over the last 11 seasons.
The Mean Green swept the season series from Troy and now has 12 season sweeps over a Sun Belt Conference West Division opponent since 2002.
North Texas continues its four-match home stand Sunday, hosting SBC West Division opponent South Alabama at 1 p.m.