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UNT volleyball team splits Florida matches, remains third in standings

UNT volleyball team splits Florida matches, remains third in standings

October 22
22:28 2012

Tim Cato / Staff Writer

Over the weekend, the Mean Green volleyball team had an opportunity to end a conference-losing streak against two Florida teams with records well below the .500 mark.

After falling to Florida International in three straight sets (23-25, 17-25, 20-25), the team bounced back to defeat Florida Atlantic (25-16, 21-25, 25-15, 25-20).

Friday

After talking about an increased focus on competitiveness last week during practice after losing three of its last four conference games, UNT (19-10, 5-5) appeared just as lethargic as they had in past weeks on Friday night against Florida International (7-16, 4-6).

The Mean Green seemed on track, bursting out to a five-nothing lead over FIU. The Panthers countered with an 11-3 run. The Mean Green fought back to a 23-23 draw, but lost the next two points. The team fell in three sets.

Throughout the game, UNT labored to successfully attack the ball, drawing 26 errors for the game for a meager .046 attack percentage.

The Panthers used five players taller than six feet, and the height of the front line exasperated the Mean Green as the game went on. FIU had 14.5 blocks, and by the final set UNT hit into seven and a half blocks.

“Even this week, we tried to hit against a triple block to try to train it a little bit,” head coach Ken Murczek said, “But when you don’t see it every single day you get yourself in trouble real fast.”

Sunday

The attacking errors that plagued UNT on Friday improved against Florida Atlantic, as the Mean Green hit an energetic .423 in the first set that established the tone of the match .

“The execution, by far, completely exceeds Friday,” sophomore outside hitter Eboni Godfrey said. “We followed our game plan, we executed, we swung high – all around, everybody was focused, and we got it done.”

After losing the second set, UNT let FAU make its own mistakes­ – committing 11 errors for a -.030 attack percentage.

Junior middle blocker Karissa Flack and freshman outside hitter Kaci Eaton spearheaded the defensive effort at the net – Flack with a career high 10 blocks and Eaton, celebrating her birthday, with three. Flack’s blocks were the second most for a Mean Green player this year, second to junior middle blocker Courtney Windham’s 11 at Arkansas State on Sept. 28th.

“I actually didn’t even know I had 10,” Flack said. “My key was to just block for a point which just gives us a chance to win.”

Photo by: James Coreas 

The team will play next against Louisiana-Lafayette Oct. 28 on the road.

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