North Texas made quick work of Louisiana Tech in its most lopsided victory of the season on senior night, beating the Lady Bulldogs 25-10, 25-16, 25-16 on Friday to push its Conference USA record to 6-4.
“I thought our seniors did a great job tonight, they all played at a really high level,” UNT coach Andrew Palileo said. “Our goal tonight was to play well from the start so we could put pressure on La Tech from the beginning.”
In front of a packed house, UNT seniors Courtney Windham, Karissa Flack, Shelby Tamura and early graduate Addason Lamb took part in a dominant win.
“This meant everything because it is a celebration of all of the seniors and their hard work this whole season and over the past three years,” Tamura said. “Nothing is more important to us than playing as a team. Even though it was dedicated to us, to be able to play as a team — and play well — means a lot.”
Sophomore Carnae Dillard was the leading offensive weapon for North Texas. Her team-high 14 kills propelled her into sole possession of eighth all-time on the UNT career list.
Flack added eight kills, and she will go down as the most efficient player in Mean Green history with a career hitting percentage of .332.
“We won at Rice and got our mojo back, and we are trying to win out,” Flack said. “Being here and having a big crowd on senior night, I just feel like our team has a lot of people that support us, and I appreciate the fans a lot. We have a big crowd all of the time because we show passion and have fun.”
North Texas still has four conference matches remaining before the C-USA tournament.
The Mean Green will host Tulaneat 1 p.m. Sunday.
TWU d. Cameron
Marcela Alves led TWU on offense and defense to a 25-14, 25-20, 25-18 win over visiting Cameron.
Alves posted a game-high 11 kills, a .550 hitting percentage and eight total blocks. Josie Santos and Mallory Kuechle added nine kills apiece, while Chloe’ Tate and Jaqueline Santos each finished with six kills.
In the first set, the Pioneers jumped out to a 10-3 lead and never looked back. TWU had just two hitting errors.
In the second set, the Pioneers led 17-10 before Cameron cut the deficit to five.
The third set was the Aggies early, but the Pioneers regrouped for a 10-4 run to go on top.
“We played well at the net with 10 team blocks,” TWU coach Shelly Barberee said. “Offensively Marcela played a good game and Chloe’ posted a high hitting percentage with .625.”
The Pioneers (17-8, 8-4 Lone Star) will host Midwestern State at 2 p.m. today. After the game, TWU will host a free youth clinic open to girls in eighth grade and below.
TWU 1, E. New Mexico 0
Erin Bolinger headed in the only goal of the game in the 53rd minute to pace TWU to a 1-0 victory over Eastern New Mexico. Bolinger found the net for her second goal of the season off a corner kick from sophomore Haleigh Wanzer.
TWU goalie Ariana Morrison turned away the two shots she faced for her second shutout.
The Pioneers (5-10-2, 2-6-1) will host their final regular-season game at 2 p.m. Sunday against West Texas A&M. A win would clinch TWU a berth in the LSC tournament.