In front of a standing room-only crowd, head coach Ken Murczek and North Texas picked up the signature win they were looking for: their first win over Baylor since 1983.
“I’m just thrilled that we played our brand of volleyball,” Murczek said after the Mean Green’s 25-19, 25-22, 25-22 victory. “We’re capable of doing this every match, but we’ve just got to work on our consistency.”
UNT (14-5) hit .337 in sweeping the Lady Bears (13-2), whose only previous loss came at No. 8 Hawaii. The victory ends a 16-match losing streak to Baylor, and marks the Mean Green’s first win over a Big 12 school since a 2001 win over Oklahoma.
Carnae Dillard posted a match-high 13 kills, while Eboni Godfrey poured in 10 kills on a career-best attack percentage of .476. Courtney Windham, a Baylor transfer, rocked her old school with nine kills and a match-high six blocks.
After rolling in the first set with a side-out percentage of 73 percent, UNT found itself tied with the Bears at 21 in the second frame. That’s when Windham landed a pair of kills, including the set winner, and May Allen scored an ace to pull away from Baylor.
On the defensive front, Shelby Tamura paved the way with a match-high 15 digs.
Analisse Shannon, who missed the 2011 season with an injury, showed the crowd of 622 that she has regained her form. The redshirt freshman landed six kills on .455 hitting.
UNT moves into Sun Belt Conference play this weekend, when it plays host to Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday and Louisiana-Monroe on Sunday. Both matches start at 1 p.m.