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UNT volleyball team has three named first-team All-Conference USA

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Brett Vito, Staff Writer

Three members of the North Texas volleyball team were named to the All-Conference USA first team Wednesday, when a total of five Mean Green players were recognized by the league.

Senior middle blockers Amanda Chamberlain and Holly Milam joined setter Karley York on the first team. Senior outside hitter Alexis Wright was named to the second team, while Barbara Teakell was included on the all-freshman team.

The five total players UNT had selected mark a program record. 

The group helped lead UNT (26-2) to the Conference USA regular-season title. The championship is the first regular-season conference title in program history.

"It's a rewarding feeling," UNT coach Andrew Palileo said following the Mean Green's title-clinching win over Middle Tennessee. "We've built this program over the last five years, and we're to the point where we have the talent, depth and experience at the same time, which we haven't had before."

That talent was reflected on the all-conference team.

Chamberlain ranks second nationally with a .477 attack percentage and leads UNT in kills (318) and total blocks (104). Milam has 266 kills, 30 aces and 56 blocks.

Both Chamberlain and Milam have been named to the All-C-USA first team in each of the last two years. Milam is the only player in program history to accumulate 1,000 kills, 600 digs and 250 blocks in a career.

York has 1,193 assists, seventh-most in a season in school history. Wright ranks second on the team with 65 blocks to go with 229 kills.

Teakell has 231 kills on the season.

UNT will face Marshall in the opening round of the C-USA tournament at 5 p.m. Friday at Diddle Arena on the campus of Western Kentucky in Bowling Green. UNT is the top seed.

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