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North Texas volleyball earns first C-USA win

North Texas volleyball earns first C-USA win

UNT celebrate scoring during a game against Florida International.

North Texas volleyball earns first C-USA win
September 25
17:55 2016

The Mean Green volleyball team earned its first Conference USA victory Sunday, defeating Florida International University 3-0 in straight sets.

North Texas (7-10, 1-1) took advantage of early errors made by the Golden Panthers (6-9, 0-1) in the first set, jumping out to an early 9-6 lead. Back-to-back kills by junior middle blocker Holly Milam secured the 25-21 win later in the frame.

“We really had a good team effort today,” Milam said. “If we can keep that up I think it will continue to help us.”

North Texas experienced even more success in the second set, due in large part to freshman middle blocker Emma Eakin.

Eakin racked up seven kills in this set alone and was a big reason the Mean Green was able to build on its early lead. She led the team in kills and total attacks, setting a near career high in both categories.

“Over the last week or two we’ve decided we need to put Emma in there and just mature [her] as a player,” head coach Andrew Palileo said. “What I think has helped her the most is that she’s opened up and isn’t as quiet on and off the court. Her personality has come out.”

The third set was no different for the Golden Panthers, as North Texas pounced on them from the outset. After a block by Eakin and an ace by Milam, the lead continued to grow until a kill by Milam sealed the set and the match.

“I’m just going to keep working even harder in practice,” Eakin said. “Just have to focus on the little things to get even better.”

Up next: The Mean Green will take on the University of Texas at San Antonio at 6 p.m. on Friday in San Antonio.

Featured Image: UNT celebrate scoring during a game against Florida International. Taylor Ratcliff

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