MIAMI, Fla. – For the second consecutive season, No. 6 seed North Texas eliminated No. 3 seed Arkansas State 3-1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22) in the second match of the day of the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Volleyball Tournament on Thursday at U.S. Century Bank Arena on the campus of Florida International University.
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North Texas (17-16) advances to Friday’s semifinal round to face No. 2 seed Middle Tennessee at 5 p.m. ET. The Blue Raiders swept UALR in the first match of the day to advance to the second round.
The Mean Green eliminated the West Division Champion Red Wolves (21-10) in the teams’ first match of the 2010 SBC Tournament with a 3-0 score when NT was the No. 5 seed and ASU was the No 4 seed. ASU and NT split their matches earlier this season with both posting sweeps against each other.
The Red Wolves took the first match after holding the Mean Green offense to .172 while putting up an attack percentage of .294. But North Texas rallied back in the second and third sets to outhit ASU. In the fourth set, ASU hit at a .405 clip to NT’s .390 but dropped the final set of the match.
NT put up a .314 attack percentage led by Eboni Godfrey, who posted a double-double with 17 kills and 10 digs. Hallie McDonald also racked up double-digit kills with 23 at a .500 clip.
Sarah Willey led the Mean Green defensively with 12 digs and posted two assists.
ASU’s offense was held to a .264 attack percentage while committing 22 hitting errors. ASU also struggled at the service line with 12 errors. However, three Red Wolves posted double-digit kills: Taylor Szypulski had a match-high 18 kills, followed by Cayla Fielder with 16 and Jasmine Terry with 14.
Allison Kearney put up a double-double to lead ASU defensively with a match-high 22 digs and also put up 47 assists.