Freshmen Fuel Volleyball's Tourney Upset
Underdog North Texas Volleyball Team Eliminates ASU For 2nd Straight Year
Postgame Interview With Coach Murczek
MIAMI - For the second straight year North Texas and Arkansas State met in the Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Tournament, and for the second straight year the underdog Mean Green sent the Red Wolves packing - this time in four sets (20-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22).
Eboni Godfrey, who was named All-Sun Belt on Wednesday night, led a stellar freshman trio with a team-high 17 kills and her ninth double-double of the year to power the No. 6 seed Mean Green (17-16) over No. 3 ASU (21-10). She was joined by Hallie McDonald's 12 kills on .500 hitting, and a career-high 18 digs from Addason Lamb.
"We were pretty good today, and it was a lot of fun to watch," said North Texas head coach Ken Murczek, who will coach in his second straight Sun Belt Tournament semifinals on Friday against No. 2 Middle Tennessee at 4 p.m. "We struggled a little in the first set, but I really liked the way we responded."
The Sun Belt West Division champions, Arkansas State fell to the Mean Green in a sweep in Denton on Nov. 4, which all but sealed the two team's fate of meeting in the opening round of the SBC Tournament. NT posted a .351 attack percentage that day to down the Red Wolves, and hit .314 on Thursday to make it two straight over ASU.
The win guarantees at least a .500 season for North Texas for a second straight year - something the Mean Green hasn't accomplished since the founding years of the program in 1976 and 1977.