Volleyball Falls in C-USA Semifinal
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – UNT volleyball finished its season with a 3-0 loss to No. 20 WKU in the Conference USA semifinals on Saturday.
“Today was a hard day, especially for our seniors,” Porter said. “We knew that we would have to play our best match of the season but just fell short. I am proud of the growth of our team and excited to have an off season with this roster of players. I think we learned some valuable lessons this year and are on our way to building a championship-caliber program.”
The Mean Green (16-15, 9-5) were defeated in straight sets by the Hilltoppers (28-2, 14-0), 14-25, 16-25, 19-25, to end its 10-year stint in C-USA, moving to the American Athletic Conference in 2023.
All-conference selection Aryn Johnson recorded a team-high 10 kills, adding four digs, one block and an assist. Treyaunna Rush hit at a .500 clip, tallying nine kills on 16 attacks with a solo block and a dig.
et one (22-25)
The first set was initially a back-and-forth affair until, while down 8-6, Charlotte found themself on a six-point run. Kills from Amani McArthur both started and capped off the run. The 49ers held the advantage, leading by four as late as 21-17.
With the set win on the horizon for Charlotte, North Texas turned on the burners and scored eight of the following nine points, with the 49er’s only point in the span coming from a UNT error. Following the run, North Texas took the first set 25-22.
Set two (21-25)
While the score initially remained close in the second, UNT gradually pulled away and took a nine-point lead. After trailing 20-11, the 49ers made a late push, going on an 8-1 run. Three of the right points during the run came off of kills from McArthur.
Despite the late effort, UNT still pulled off the set victory 25-21. This put North Texas just one set away from winning on the day.
Set three (23-25)
While the first two sets were on the closer side to start, the third saw North Texas opening the set up with four straight points.
UNT would hold the slight lead, but when North Texas began to pull away, the 49ers scored three straight to narrow the deficit. Two of the three points from Emani’ Foster and one from Lara Kretschmer.
Trailing 24-20 and with their backs against the wall, Charlotte showed another spark of life. Following a service error by UNT, Foster scored two straight kills and brought Charlotte within two.
However, despite the 49er’s final effort, North Texas’ Funmi Oladapo earned a kill to end the set and the match, giving UNT the 3-0 to end the season.
– UNT volleyball finished its season with a 3-0 loss to No. 20 WKU in the Conference USA semifinals on Saturday. The Mean Green (16-15, 9-5) were defeated in straight sets by the Hilltoppers (28-2, 14-0), 14-25, 16-25, 19-25, to end its 10-year stint in C-USA, moving to the American Athletic Conference in 2023
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