North Texas started off slow and never recovered Sunday in a three-set loss at UT-San Antonio, falling 25-23, 25-19, 25-12.
It was the second time in three days the Mean Green was swept in Conference USA play as it lost at Alabama-Birmingham on Friday. The losses dropped UNT (12-12) to 4-4 in league play.
“Obviously, we are disappointed in how this match turned out for us, but, at the same time, UTSA is a good team and they defended their home court well,” said head coach Andrew Palileo, whose team has this Friday off before heading to Houston to play Rice on Sunday. “The bye comes at a good time for us after a couple road trips, and we will get back to work and prepare for Rice.”
North Texas fell behind quickly in the first set against Roadrunners (15-7, 7-1 C-USA), who jumped out to a 10-1 lead. Despite the lethargic start, the Mean Green fought back and nearly caught the Roadrunners late in the set before UTSA closed it out for a 1-0 lead.
The first set was as close as North Texas would get to threatening the Roadrunners, who were powered by McKenzie Adams’ 17 kills through the final two sets.
Senior Courtney Windham led North Texas in kills with nine, while sophomore Carnae Dillard had a team-high 11 digs.
The Mean Green plays at Rice at 1 p.m. Sunday.
TWU falls at Midwestern State
TWU dropped its final road game of the regular season at Midwestern State in Wichita Falls on Sunday, losing 1-0.
The Pioneers are now 4-9-2 on the season and 1-5-1 in the Lone Star Conference.
The lone goal of the game came three minutes into the first half when MSU’s Ashley Cottrell found the net for her seventh goal of the game.
Sophomore goalie Ariana Morrison started in the net for TWU and played all 90 minutes. She finished the game with nine saves.
The Pioneers close out the regular season with a three-game homestand, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Texas A&M-Commerce.