MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The North Texas volleyball team couldn't contain the potent Middle Tennessee offense in a 3-1 loss to the Blue Raiders in the Sun Belt Tournament semifinals on Friday night (25-17, 25-15, 25-23, 25-21).
One of the best seasons in school history comes to an end for NT at 20-13, which is just the fifth 20-win campaign ever for a Mean Green squad. No. 1 seed Middle Tennessee (27-5) moves on to face No. 2 Western Kentucky in Saturday's SBC final.
North Texas had advanced to the Sun Belt semifinals on just two previous occasions, and for the first time since 2006. The Mean Green will hoist a Sun Belt West Division champion's banner and knocked off No. 4 Arkansas State in the opening round of the tourney.
Rachelle Wilson had one of her top performances with 16 kills on .417 hitting for the Mean Green, which mounted a strong comeback attempt in the third frame. NT landed a .263 attack percentage in the third set , but couldn't keep the momentum going into the fourth.
Amy Huddleston ends her career as one of the program's top overall attackers, and tallied 11 kills against the Blue Raiders. Sarah Willey led the defense with 16 digs and Kayla Saey dished out 42 assists.
MTSU led wire to wire through the first two sets, but North Texas responded in the third with a match-high 15 kills.