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Volleyball Classic opens fall season

Volleyball Classic opens fall season

August 27
22:24 2009

By Remington Bird / Junior Staff Writer –

The Mean Green Volleyball Classic Tournament will showcase UNT’s 2009 team after last year’s disappointing season.

The Mean Green will play three games during Friday and Saturday at the North Texas Volleyball Complex.

The round-robin style tournament begins at 10:30 a.m. today with a match between Northern Colorado and Southern Methodist University. The Mean Green will have its first game at 1 p.m. against the University of Texas at San Antonio.

“I think this is probably one of the most competitive tournaments we’ve had in the past three or four years,” head coach Cassie Headrick said. “Just looking at it on paper, New Mexico State is definitely the team to beat.”

New assistant coach Jessica Hulsebosch is also looking forward to the NMSU game because she last saw the team as a freshman playing for UNT when they shared the same conference, but she is more excited about seeing the Mean Green in action.

“I’m excited for the girls to finally get past the practice stages and actually compete,” Hulsebosch said. “It will be a lot of testing the water with how to coach positions and how everybody works together in certain positions.”

The fact that all the games the Mean Green plays in the tournament will be at home is also a great advantage for the team.

“Our fans are great. We have a good home base, and it gets us fired up to play when we’re at home,” junior outside hitter Brittani Youman said.

The coaches and players are excited and confident about their upcoming tournament, and they are ready to show off their abilities.

“I know that we can win, and I know that we can just go out there and fight the good fight,” Youman said.

Mean Green Volleyball Classic Tournament

Friday, Aug. 28
10:30 a.m. – Northern Colorado vs. SMU
1 p.m. – North Texas vs. UTSA
4 p.m. – New Mexico State vs. SM
7 p.m. – North Texas vs. Northern Colorado

Saturday, Aug. 29
10 a.m. – UTSA vs. Northern Colorado
2 p.m. – New Mexico State vs. Northern Colorado
4:30 p.m. – UTSA vs. SMU
7 p.m. – North Texas vs. New Mexico State

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