North Texas capped its annual tournament with an epic showdown against Texas State, winning 25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 26-24.
In a competitive first set, Carnae Dillard and Eboni Godfrey led the UNT offensive. Dillard unleashed four kills while Godfrey tacked on a team-high six.
In the second set, Texas State took the momentum and held off a late UNT rally.
In the third set, things began to heat up between the teams. With the set tied at 18, a call on the court put Mean Green coach Andrew Palileo into a frenzy. Fired up by its coach, North Texas roared back behind a Dillard mash, regaining momentum and taking the set.
In the fourth set, Dillard continued her onslaught, ending the match with 18 kills and a North Texas victory.
Senior Courtney Windham tied a UNT record for single-match assisted blocks with 12 and broke her own personal best of nine.
In the early match, UNT beat Northwestern State 25-15, 25-17, 25-23.
Windham had a career-high kill percentage of .750 for UNT behind a team-high 16 kills. Freshman Amy Henard tacked on 40 assists. Godfrey made her presence known with seven kills and a team-high 11 digs.
Windham and Dillard were named to the all-tournament team.
The Mean Green (5-3) will play Wednesday in Fort Worth against TCU.
Pioneers split pair
SAN ANTONIO — TWU split two matches on the second day of the Hilltopper/Rattler Classic. The Pioneers fell to No. 8 Central Missouri 25-13, 25-17, 25-13 before defeating host St. Mary’s 25-16, 19-25, 23-25, 25-11, 15-11.
The Pioneers couldn’t keep up with hot-hitting Central Missouri. The Jennies posted a .424 hitting percentage while TWU hit .124. Josie Santos, Jaqueline Santos and Mallory Kuechle each had five kills to lead the Pioneers.
The Pioneers bounced back and rallied against St. Mary’s to capture a five-set win. TWU’s Chloe’ Tate had a match- and career-high 21 kills, while Marcela Alves posted a .565 hitting percentage and added 14 kills. Josie Santos and Jaqueline Santos added seven kills apiece. Freshman Kimberly Bell recorded a double-double with 25 assists and 11 digs.
“I am happy with the split today, and we won all three regional games this weekend,” TWU coach Shelly Barberee said. “Central Missouri is a very good team, and they play a fast-tempo offense. In the second game against St. Mary’s, we struggled with our block in the second and third sets but bounced back to win in five.”
The Pioneers (3-1) will return to action when they travel to Golden, Colo., for the Oredigger Classic on Sept. 13 and 14. TWU will play Grand Valley State and host Colorado School of Mines on Sept. 13, then face Western Oregon and Fort Lewis.