DENTON, Texas – The North Texas volleyball team got a little revenge and greatly improved its Sun Belt Conference standing with a 3-0 drubbing of West Division leader Arkansas State on Friday night (25-21, 25-19, 25-15).
Arkansas State (19-8, 10-3 Sun Belt West) swept North Texas back in October, but couldn’t stop a Mean Green (15-15, 6-8 Sun Belt West) squad that hit .351 on the night – NT’s highest attack percentage in a Sun Belt match since Oct. 2, 2008 (.364 vs ULM).
NT entered the day ranked eighth in the league standings, but leapfrogged UALR and Troy with the upset of the Red Wolves. The Mean Green will face UALR on Sunday after Senior Day festivities at 1 p.m.
Melanie Boykins was electric for NT with 10 kills on .500 hitting and four blocks. Her fellow middle blocker, Hallie McDonald, was nearly as effective with eight kills on .385 hitting. Courtney Windham hammered ASU with .348 hitting and nine kills.
North Texas led by as many as nine in the first frame, six in the second and 10 in the closing set. Eboni Godfrey ended the evening with her eighth kill of the night.
Sarah Willey and May Allen led the defensive front with 12 and 10 digs each, and the Mean Green out-blocked the Red Wolves 7.5 to 4.