Senior Night Kicks Off Final Home Weekend of Volleyball Season

Nov. 12, 2015


Carnae Dillard will be recognized in a senior day ceremony prior to Thursday's match against MTSU. (Photo by Rick Yeatts)

North Texas Volleyball vs. Middle Tennessee 
Date | Time   Thursday, November 12 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Location    Denton, TX | North Texas Volleyball Center (600)
Live Stats    MeanGreenStats.com
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North Texas Volleyball vs. UTSA
Date | Time   Saturday, November 14 | 1:00 p.m. CT
Location   Denton, TX | North Texas Volleyball Center (600)
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Twitter   @MeanGreenVB
Match Notes   North Texas | Middle Tennessee | UTSAConference USA
The Last Meeting
North Texas3
Middle Tennessee2
October 31, 2014
Murfreesboro, TN
North Texas Perseveres Past Middle Tenn in Five
MURFREESBORO, TN - The Mean Green grinded out a tough road victory over Middle Tennessee in five sets (21-25, 25-14, 25-15, 22-25, 15-12) on Friday night, in a match with massive Conference USA postseason implications.

The Last Meeting
North Texas0
UTSA3
September 27, 2015
San Antonio, TX
North Texas Volleyball Falls Flat In Loss To UTSA
The North Texas volleyball team fell in three sets to the UTSA Roadrunners on Sunday (18-25, 15-25, 16-25), closing out a four-day road swing that spanned across the state of Texas.

Noteworthy
• Thursday’s match against Middle Tennessee will serve as senior night for Carnae Dillard. She will be recognized prior to the 6 p.m. start time. North Texas has won its last six senior day matches in convincing fashion. In fact, since 2009 every Mean Green senior day match has resulted in a 3-0 win. The last NT loss on senior day came in 2008, a 3-2 shortfall to Little Rock.

• All three of the conference’s kills leaders will be in action for North Texas matches this weekend. The Mean Green’s own Carnae Dillard leads Conference USA with 5.49 kills per set. Middle Tennessee’s Chelsea Ross (4.77 k/s) and UTSA’s Dajana Boskovic (4.46 k/s) come in at second and third, respectively.

• NT has its share of history with both of this weekend's opponents, but the all-time series records don't play in the favor of NT in either case. Middle Tennessee holds a 12-8 series advantage over the Mean Green. Likewise, North Texas trails UTSA 8-16 in the all-time series. 

• All season long, watchful eyes have been set on Carnae Dillard as she approached the program’s all-time kills record. On Friday, the wait was over as Dillard finally reached the mountaintop. With her fourth kill of the match, the North Texas senior officially passed Mean Green hall-of-famer Corina Marginas for the program’s top spot on the kills list. Now with 2,260 career kills, Dillard leads all active D-I volleyball players.

• Carnae Dillard continues to garner national attention. On Wednesday, she was named espnW’s National Player of the Week, following a 52-kill weekend that saw her take the program’s kill record. Dillard won Sports Imports/AVCA DI Player of the Week honors last season, exactly one year prior to Wednesday’s award.

• This year’s volleyball team is hitting at a historically accurate pace as the squad’s .235 hitting percentage would be the third-best mark in team history. Additionally, sophomore Amanda Chamberlain’s .316 percentage comes in at third all-time as she has a .310 average for her career. The all-time career record for hitting percentage is .330, set by Karissa Flack in 2013.

• The North Texas Volleyball Center has been an increasingly tough place for visiting teams to play since head coach Andrew Palileo’s arrival in 2013. In fact, the Mean Green has a 30-9 record in home matches under the Mean Green skipper, dropping only two matches in 2013, three contests in 2014 and four matches this season. Overall, North Texas has an 85-53 record from its home court.


 

 

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