BOWLING GREEN, Kent. (11/13/03) -- Senior outside hitter Corina Marginas recorded a match-high 18 kills to give her 600 on the year and break her own school record, but it wasn’t enough to push the North Texas volleyball team (20-13, 10-4) past Western Kentucky (25-6, 11-2) in a 3-1 (25-30, 14-30, 30-28, 23-30) setback Thursday night at E.A. Diddle Areana.
Marginas became the first player in school history to record 600 kills in a season and holds four of the top-five school records for single-season kills. Senior setter Kristin Sheppard posted a team-high 43 assists to lead the Mean Green to 49 as a team, which gives the squad a school-record 1,783 for the season. North Texas has now set new school records for kills, assists and digs this season.
Western Kentucky secured the No. 2 seed in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament with the victory, while the Mean Green is locked in at the No. 3 seed.
North Texas failed to hit over .190 in all four games and finished with an overall attack percentage of .170, while the Hilltoppers hit over .300 in three of the four games and finished with a final hitting percentage of .329. The only time the Mean Green outhit the Hilltoppers was in its third-game victory.
NT had three players post double-figure kills, but WKU had four with at least 11 kills and three of those four hit over .300. The Mean Green finished with 60 digs in comparison to WKU’s 56, but gave up four more blocks. North Texas was also hurt by seven ball handling errors and three blocking errors.
Jill Ruskowski and Anne Pope followed Marginas with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Ruskowski led NT defensively with 13 digs and picked up her 16th double-double of the season. Marginas also reached double-figure digs with 10 and achieved her team-best 21st double-double.
North Texas wraps up its regular season Sunday, Nov. 16, hosting Louisiana-Lafayette in a 1 p.m. match. Seniors Stephanie Connors, Marginas, Ruskowski and Sheppard will all be playing in their final home match in a North Texas uniform.