NT Remains Hot, Tallies Fourth-Straight Win With Sweep Of UTEP
DENTON, Texas – The Mean Green closed out its home slate with a sweeping victory over the UTEP Miners, a win that keep North Texas in the driver's seat for a potential bye in the first round of the Conference USA tournament.
North Texas got 12 kills out of senior Courtney Windham on a .688 attack percentage, her third-most accurate clip of the season, while freshman setter Amy Henard dished out 38 assists to a variety of Mean Green attackers.
“I thought, offensively, Amy ran a pretty good show,” head coach Andrew Palileo said. “At the end of the day, we hit over .300 and that is always attributed to the setter and as a result we hit pretty well.”
Senior Karissa Flack added 10 kills on 21 attacks in her final home match for North Texas, and she will go down as the most accurate attacker in Mean Green history once the dust has settled on the season.
“We came out knowing this is our last home game and we used passion, excitement and enthusiasm,” Flack exclaimed. “The main thing was that we were focused on what we have been working on in practice and we executed.”
Coming off a bye, NT was fresh and fluid offensively. UTEP never truly threatened during that match outside of a brief lead halfway through the second frame.
“This was definitely a special game,” senior libero Shelby Tamura said. “The toughest part was keeping my emotions out of it and sticking to the game plan. I’m so grateful for all the fans who came out, and I appreciate our band and staff. The team played awesome.”
The Mean Green will finish up C-USA play in the Sunshine State next weekend beginning with Florida Atlantic on Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.