NORFOLK — With the regular season now behind them, North Texas looks to get rolling as the 2021 Conference USA Tournament gets underway tomorrow. The Mean Green will face Middle Tennessee Friday at 1 p.m. in quarterfinal round action of the eight-program event.
About the Mean Green: North Texas (15-11, 7-5) wrapped up the regular season with the third seed in Conference USA’s West Division. The Mean Green enter the conference tournament having dropped their last three conference matches, one at the hands of UTSA and two more against UTEP. The Mean Green and Blue Raiders have yet to play each other this campaign.
Mean Green Leaders: North Texas was led throughout the season by First Team All-Conference USA selection Rhett Robinson. Robinson led Conference USA this year with 449 kills, and also led the league in kills per set with a 5.35 mark. Her 503.5 points and 5.99 points per set mark were also good for best in the conference. Her points per set marks are also good for second most in the nation, while her kills per set mark also ranks second nationally.
Sarah Haeussler has continued to be the most offensively efficient player on the North Texas roster. The Second Team All-Conference USA selection led the Mean Green with a .361 attack percentage. Her 102 total blocks were good for fourth best in Conference USA.
Kaliegh Skopal needs just 18 assists in Friday’s match to cross over 700 assists on the season. The graduate setter has helped set the Mean Green offense over and over again this year, as she averages 9.61 assists per set.
Andrea Owens has also made her mark on the North Texas roster. The Conference USA All-Freshman pick was fourth on the team in kills with 105 despite missing significant time due to injury. Her 2.44 kills per set mark was second only to Robinson’s team leading figure.
Scouting the Blue Raiders: Like North Texas, Middle Tennessee (8-10 6-6) also comes into the tournament on a three game conference losing streak. Despite dropping a contest to FAU and two more to Old Dominion, the Blue Raiders still managed to cling to the second seed in the East Division, trailing only #18 Western Kentucky in the standings.
Series History: North Texas and Middle Tennessee have met 26 times on the court, and the series is dead-even at 13 wins apiece. The last matchup came on October 25, 2019, with the Blue Raiders coming away with a 3-2 victory.
Where to Watch: Tomorrow’s match will be streamed live on ESPN+.