Aug. 25, 2012
HOUSTON-Rice's volleyball team, despite winning 100 of the 197 points in the match, fell to Arkansas State 3-1 in their second game of the Rice Invitational. Nancy Cole led the Owls with 13 kills in the match.
The Owls (1-1) outhit Arkansas State (1-1) .238 to .218, paced by a .478 mark in the second set, which Rice won handily, 25-15. Individually, Megan Murphy, who posted a double-double with 43 assists and 14 digs, led Rice in hitting with a .385 (5-0-13) mark.
Defensively, Rice got double-digit digs from three players, led by Murphy's 14. Kimberly Vaio (13 digs and Daniela Arenas (12 digs) also reached double-digits. Jillian Humphrey posted Rice's first 10-block game since Oct. 30, 2011, when she had 10 against UCF.
The Owls had four players with double-digit kills, led by Cole's 13. Tyler Jenkins posted 10 kills, the most for her since her collegiate debut at LSU in 2010. Laurie McNamara and Lizzy Bache reached double figures in kills, Bache reaching that mark for the second straight game.
Arkansas State led 21-13, but the Owls closed the gap. A long rally that ended with a Nancy Cole kill gave Rice its 16th point, in what became a 8-2 Rice run, but Arkansas State held on to win the set 25-22. Cole picked up five kills in the set to lead the team. Kimberly Vaio picked up five digs in the set.
Rice went on a 13-1 run to take a 19-9 lead in the set. The Owls scored nine straight points with Lizzy Bache serving during that run, including a service ace from the Sophomore from Baker College. A superb dig by Daniela Arenas, one of her five digs in the set, immediately led to a Nancy Cole kill and Rice's 23rd point of the set, as the Owls won the second set 25-15. Rice hit .478 in the second set.
The third set was won by Arkansas State 32-30, in what was Rice's longest set since Sept. 9, 2011. Rice won the second point of the set by extending a long rally with Nancy Cole and Tyler Jenkins saving a deflection just in front of the Tudor Fieldhouse overhang that Arkansas State couldn't handle, to give Jenkins a kill and Rice a 2-0 lead. Arkansas State came back from the deficit to lead for most of the set, until Rice re-took the lead at 20-19. The Owls saved four set points, with Cole earning a kill on two of those points, Megan Murphy changing a set to an attack at the last second for a kill, and Jillian Humphrey earning a kill. Humphrey picked up four blocks in the set.
Laurie McNamara contributed five kills in a tight set won by the Red Wolves 25-23. Megan Murphy put up 13 assists and seven digs in the fourth set. The Owls' longest run of the set was a 4-0 run with Nancy Cole serving that gave Rice a 19-17 lead, but the Blue and Gray could not hold on to the set.
Rice returns to the court at 7:00 p.m. to take on BYU at Tudor Fieldhouse. Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for youth 17 and under.