DENTON, Texas - Baylor (13-2) saw its nine-match win streak come to an end with a 3-0 loss to North Texas (14-5) (19-25, 22-25, 22-25) Tuesday night before a capacity crowd of 622 at the North Texas Volleyball Center.
"North Texas played great, and our blocking and defense was bad," head coach Jim Barnes said. "We had a bad night, and you can't hit that many errors and expect to win."
Baylor hit just .143 on the night, while the Mean Green swung .337. The Bears committed 26 hitting errors and were outblocked 8-5 by North Texas. Alyssa Dibbern was a bright spot, totaling 12 kills and a .409 hitting percentage. Kayci Evans had three of the team's five aces, and Kate Harris and Mackenzie Mayo totaled seven digs.
The Bears swung just .059 in the opening set, as 10 attack errors haunted the Green and Gold in the first. Dibbern led the way with five kills on eight swings, while Nora totaled three on her three attempts. Baylor never led after holding a 5-4 advantage, with the Mean Green running away for a 25-19 win.
Things started out better for BU in the second set, holding an early two-point lead. But a 7-0 run from UNT gave it an 11-5 lead it would not relinquish. Baylor battled back from a six-point deficit to tie it on four occasions, including 21-21, but the .538 hitting percentage of UNT won out 25-22. Thea Munch-Soegaard had four kills in the set, as BU swung .290.
Tied at four in the third set, the Bears went on a 5-0 run off the serve of Evans to grab a 9-4 lead. Baylor was able to maintain the advantage until North Texas was able to tie the set at 22, and snatch the final three points for a 25-22 win.
The loss was the first to North Texas since a 3-0 defeat on Oct. 19, 1983, snapping a string of 16-straight victories over the Mean Green.
Baylor will open Big 12 play, traveling to No. 19 Iowa State (6-4) Sat., Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m.