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Volleyball loses third straight match

Volleyball loses third straight match

Volleyball loses third straight match
September 02
21:59 2015

Clay Massey | Staff Writer

@Clay_FCD

ARLINGTON, Texas – Carnae Dillard’s record breaking night was spoiled by the Mean Green’s second consecutive loss in straight sets. Dillard moved into 5th all-time on UNT’s dig list with 1,064 on her career after 11 on the night.

“I think it’s a huge accomplishment,” said Dillard. “I just don’t want to focus on that, I want to get the team to where we have to be.”

UT Arlington was led by strong blocking play, besting North Texas 10.5 to 4.0. Redshirt freshman middle blocker Zhaneele Geathers led the way for UTA with six blocks of her own.

North Texas started strong in set one, leading by a score of 8-3 before a timeout by UTA. The Mavericks came out of that timeout reenergized, using strong front-line net play to build momentum and take the set 25-21.

Dillard led the way in set one for the Mean Green with 17 total attacks, but when her kills got past the front line, UTA’s Caitlyn Cooney dug the ball out to prevent her from scoring. Cooney finished the night with 19 digs, leading all players. UTA scored on two of those digs, moving the momentum more in their favor.

“They did a good job putting their out-of-system balls into play,” said head coach Andrew Palileo. “We need to do a better job of getting those. Defensively we improved, [from the Tiger Invitational] they just executed better.”

The Mavericks controlled set two from the start, getting off to an 11-4 lead before Palileo tried to kill their momentum with a timeout. Geathers grabbed three kills, two before the timeout to lead the Mavericks. The Mavericks widened the gap to 19-7, with most of their attacks coming from the left side, before another North Texas timeout.

UNT came out of their second timeout with new poise, posting six unanswered points, all of which involved sophomore middle blocker Holly Milam. UTA was forced to use a timeout with a 19-13 lead.

“I knew we were down and had to get a rally going,” said Milam. “I pushed so that we could have some momentum going into the next set.”

That timeout would prove killer to the Mean Green as UNT only posted three more points in set two, losing 25-16.

The third set was a back-and-forth affair, eventually won by the Mavericks by a score of 26-24. UNT was building intensity in this final set until a UTA timeout with the Mavericks leading 23-22. A kill by Sun Belt Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week, Stacey Koch, ended the match.

UNT returns to action Friday when they start play in the Nike Invitational at the University of Oklahoma against the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

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