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Mean Green volleyball sweeps day one of North Texas Invitational

Mean Green volleyball sweeps day one of North Texas Invitational

September 09
23:16 2016

North Texas volleyball earned its first two sweeps of the season on Friday, defeating the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and Indiana State University 3-0 during day one of the North Texas Invitational tournament. With the victories, the Mean Green (4-6) snapped a three-game losing skid.

Game One: North Texas 3, UL-Lafayette 0

The Mean Green began the North Texas Invitational tournament against the Ragin’ Cajuns (1-9), coming out strong early on to gain a 5-2 lead. They kept the lead throughout the majority of the first set, only faltering towards the end after committing multiple errors.

In the end, however, North Texas pulled out a set win after UL-Lafayette was caught out of rotation, resulting in a Mean Green win.

In the second set, North Texas came out even more powerful. A sudden 6-1 lead established dominance on the court and diminished a chance for the Ragin’ Cajuns to tie or take the lead. The end result was a 25-16 win by North Texas.

Potent kills by junior middle blocker Amanda Chamberlain in every set on Friday helped ensure the win.

“The consistency is what I’ve really been working on this year,” Chamberlain said. “Making sure the setter gives me hittable balls and putting it down when I can helps build that trust [with the setter].”

In the third set the Mean Green were down until the very end, but mounted a comeback. North Texas tied the Cajuns 24-24 after overcoming a six point deficit, ending the set two points later for a sweep.

Game Two: North Texas 3, Indiana State 0

Indiana State (4-4) put up a hefty fight with the Mean Green, beginning two of the three matches with the lead. After a close 25-23 ending in the first set, North Texas started the second set with a 5-1 lead.

The Sycamores battled their way back on the scoreboard after a handful of errors blocking and attacking were made by the Mean Green. The second set ended in a slim 26-24 win for North Texas.

Instead of senior Amy Henard being the starting setter, junior Karley York stepped up to the challenge and started both matches on Friday.

“In the first game I feel like I was more spastic,” York said. “In the second game I went over the game plan with the coaches and told Amanda she needs to be up for me every time so we could establish the middle and work the offense from there.”

The third set was a struggle for both teams, with neither able to maintain a lead. Eventually, North Texas shook up the competition and came away with the 25-19 win and their second sweep of the day.

“Any time you can come out with two wins for the day it’s always good for your team,” head coach Andrew Palileo said. “There’s still a lot of things we did today that we have to improve on moving forward.”

Next up: The Mean Green will take on the University of North Carolina at Wilmington at noon on Saturday in day two of the North Texas Invitational.

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