Denton (11/9/01) - A strong start against New Mexico State (17-9, 12-2) wasn’t enough for the North Texas volleyball team (11-16, 6-8) as a two-game advantage slipped away from the Mean Green in a 3-2 setback to the Aggies on Friday night.
North Texas posted a hitting percentage of over .300 in each of the first two games and captured a 30-24 game-one victory and 30-23 win in game two. However, the Mean Green failed to break .100 in any of the final three games and dropped them by scores of 24-30, 25-30 and 10-15, respectively.
"We played well in games one and two, but we got tentative later in the match," said North Texas head coach Cassie Headrick. "Corina (Marginas) and Brieanne (Fowler) both played well in games one and two. We came out of the break and got ourselves way behind, but fought our way back into the match. New Mexico State put up a good block in the final three games and shut us down offensively."
The match marked the 15th time in 27 outings that North Texas has played a full-five games, including six of its last eight matches. The Mean Green hold a 4-11 record in those matches. Prior to this season, the most five-game matches played in a single year by North Texas was seven (1987 and 1988).
Corina Marginas (So.; OH; Brasov, Romania) led North Texas offensively with a match-high 21 kills. She now has 543 kills this season and is just 26 shy of the single-season record at North Texas. Now with 997 career kills, Marginas also inched closer to becoming the school’s all-time kill leader. She needs just three kills to break 1,000 for her career and six kills to pass Jessica Brown as the school’s record holder.
Brieanne Fowler (So.; OH; Odessa, Tex.) registered her second straight 20-plus dig match with 21 in Friday’s outing. She also had 16 kills, giving her a double-double.
The Mean Green closes out its regular season against Denver this Sunday at 1 p.m.