LAWTON, Okla. — TWU used a well-balanced attack in a quick 25-17, 25-16, 25-18 win Saturday at Cameron.
Freshman setter Kimberly Bell ran the Pioneers’ offense with a career-high 32 assists, while classmate Mallory Kuechle led the team in kills with 14. Chloe’ Tate and Marcela Alves added eight and seven kills, respectively.
Kuechle recorded eight kills in the first set to lead TWU to the eight-point win. In the second set, the Pioneers recorded just one hitting error and posted a .417 hitting percentage. In the third, Cameron kept it close before TWU went on a 7-1 run to close out the match.
The Pioneers (11-4, 3-0 Lone Star) posted a .242 hitting percentage in the match while holding Cameron to .056. TWU recorded 10 total blocks, led by Alves with six block assists.
“We had a good weekend with two conference wins,” TWU coach Shelly Barberee said. “Our hitting percentage was good today and Mallory played well. Kimberly ran the 5-1 offense today and did a very nice job.”
The Pioneers will host Texas A&M-Kingsville at 6 p.m. Friday at Kitty Magee Arena.
Adams wins as UNT teams post top-two finishes
North Texas’ Jo Adams raced to first place at the Ken Garland Invitational, leading the Mean Green women to a second-place finish behind SMU.
The Mean Green had four women in the top 10 of the 5-kilometer race. Adams crossed the finish line first overall, and close behind were teammates Charlotte Wilson in fifth and Christina Taylor in eighth.
“The ladies did it perfectly,” UNT coach Stefanie Slekis said. “Our second- through fifth-spot girls caught five to 10 girls the last 2K, which was the plan. I felt great about today’s meet — the point was to run controlled through 3K with a hard last 2K.”
In the 4-mile men’s race, the Mean Green took five of the top six spots to forge its second team victory of the season. Baylor was second and TCU third.
“Having such a close pack for our top five gives the guys a lot of confidence going into a big meet like Chili Pepper where the higher up the pack races, the better the overall team score,” Slekis said.
UNT sophomore James Coleman finished second with a season-best time of 20:19.20. Troy Taylor finished third in 20.28.08.
Up next for the Mean Green is the Chili Pepper Festival on Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.
UNT holds intrasquad meet
North Texas alumni returned to the pool to participate and watch the current team compete in the Green & White intrasquad meet.
Junior Jana Burkard won the 200-yard, 100 and 500 freestyle races for the White team, but the Green squad won the meet 82-66.
Krista Rossum swam to first-place finishes in the 1,000 freestyle and 200 breaststroke, helping the Green team to victory.
The North Texas Relays will be Friday at Southlake Carroll.