GOLDEN, Colo. — TWU won two matches Saturday at the Oredigger Volleyball Classic. The Pioneers rallied past Western Oregon 25-27, 25-18, 25-22, 25-23 and swept Fort Lewis 25-21, 25-23, 25-18.
Against Western Oregon, the Pioneers dropped the first set before winning the next three. TWU hit just .019 in the first set but bounced back to post percentages of .119, .211 and .308 in second, third, and fourth sets, respectively.
TWU’s Chloe’ Tate and Mallory Kuechle each recorded a team-high 11 kills. Torie Talkington recorded eight kills and 21 digs, while Jaqueline Santos added nine kills and 12 block assists.
Against Fort Lewis, Marcela Alves led TWU on offense with a match-high 12 kills and Santos added 10 kills.
The Pioneers will play their home opener at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Texas A&M-Commerce. TWU won’t play again at Kitty Magee Arena until Oct. 4.
Idaho d. North Texas
BOISE, Idaho — In its first five-set test of the young season, North Texas put on an excellent offensive display but Idaho pulled out a 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 22-25, 16-14 victory to end the Mean Green’s stay at the Boise State tournament.
“The girls performed well, especially on offense,” UNT coach Andrew Palileo said of his team. “Unfortunately we were not able to pull out the win, but I saw a lot of good things going forward.”
With an attack percentage of .346, the Mean Green stayed aggressive. Junior Hanna Forst (20) and senior Karissa Flack (15) each had career highs in kills. Carnae Dillard put up a season-high 28 kills and had 12 digs for her sixth double-double of the season.
Four UNT women had double-digit dig totals, including Amy Henard, who recorded 68 assists. Analisse Shannon had a career-high 16 digs, and Shelby Tamura posted a team-high 19 digs. Dillard and Tamura each had two service aces.
UNT will be back in action Friday against LSU at the Houston Invitational.
Yaeger, Hernandez pace UNT efforts
ARLINGTON — Junior Austin Yaeger paced North Texas at the Gerald Richey Invitational.
A time of 20:40.8 landed Yaeger in 16th place, with freshman teammates Chris Chaillot and Aaron Davis close behind in the top 20.
Yvette Hernandez was the top women’s qualifier for the Mean Green, with an 18th-place finish. The sophomore completed the 5 kilometers in 19:31.7. The UNT women finished fifth as a team.
The Mean Green will host the Ken Garland Invitational on Sept. 28.