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Brief: Mean Green volleyball struggles in Jayhawk Classic

Brief: Mean Green volleyball struggles in Jayhawk Classic

September 21
18:23 2014

Kyle Youmans / Staff Writer

After its best start in 38 years, the Mean Green volleyball program struggled this past weekend as they finished 0-3 in the Jayhawk Classic in Lawrence, KS.

North Texas (9-4) spoke all week about how they expected this weekend to be the toughest competition they have seen all year. They were met by the No. 24 University of Kansas (10-2), who started the tournament by handing the Mean Green their first straight-set loss of the season Friday morning.

“The competition that we saw compared to the Missouri and Wichita State games so it’s nothing we haven’t seen before,” head coach Andrew Palileo said. “We just didn’t play as well, or compete as hard as we could have and you can’t do that against good teams.”

Friday evening saw the Mean Green try to bounce back against the University of Arkansas (6-6). North Texas ended up falling to the Razorbacks 3-1 for their second consecutive loss.

The Mean Green closed out the tournament on Saturday with a match against Cleveland State University (7-6). North Texas won the first two sets of the match, but Cleveland State came back to win the next three to send the Mean Green home 0-3 in the tournament.

One of the bright spots of the weekend was the play of senior outside hitter Hanna Forst, who was returning from a leg injury and to her home state of Kansas. Forst was named to the All-Tournament team as she averaged a .303 attacking percentage. Because of her success, she saw her attempts rise each game.

“I think it was just the atmosphere,” Forst said. “I really wanted to play well for my teammates but having my family and friends there really helped me focus and feel a lot of the support I had behind me.”

The Mean Green will look to bounce back as they start their Conference USA schedule starting this upcoming Friday on the road against the University of Texas-El Paso at 8 p.m.

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