NEW ORLEANS (11/08/08) The Mean Green volleyball team hit over .200 for the third time in the last four matches, but it wasn’t enough in a 3-0 loss to a red-hot New Orleans squad (29-27, 25-22, 25-15).
Led by Amy Huddleston, North Texas (6-22, 4-11 Sun Belt West) hit .239 on the day, but was stymied by a Privateer (17-9, 10-5 Sun Belt West) team that managed to slam home a .350 attack percentage. The sophomore paced the Mean Green with eight kills on .429 hitting, which vaults her season average to .266, just outside the top 10 in school history.
With three regular season matches to play, North Texas must win two in order to keep its chances of making the Sun Belt Tournament alive. NT closes out its school-record six match road swing on Sunday at Louisiana-Lafayette at 2 p.m. before returning home to close out the regular season next week.
Down by seven points early in the first set, the Mean Green went on an 11-2 run to tie the match a 15 apiece. A slugfest ensued and the teams found themselves lock at 27, before an NT attack error and a Dobrilla Kovacevic kill gave the first set to UNO.
The second verse was much the same, as UNO took an early 6-0 lead it would never relinquish.
Roxana Casvean once again led the Mean Green offense with 12 kills, and libero Sarah Willey held down the North Texas back line with nine digs.
The Mean Green committed just 13 attack errors on the day, the second lowest by NT this season. Still, the Privateer offense was too much for North Texas. Lindsay Loyd led three Privateers in double-digits with 13 kills, and Jaci Bayley dished out a match-high 34 assists.