Aug. 25, 2012
Rice (1-2), lost six sets in the tournament, by an average of just three points a set, losing three sets by the minimum of two points. BYU (3-0) did not drop a set in the tournament.
"Overall, we are clearly not pleased with going 0-2 today," said Rice head coach Genny Volpe. "We believed we had a strong chance to compete well and win the tournament. However, I do give credit to the competition we played against today as Arkansas State played fearless volleyball and challenged us from start to finish. BYU is a great squad and should have a very successful season not only in their conference but on a national level. They have hitters at both pins and a strong middle attack so they truly do have weapons all around plus a good defense. So, this was a challenging weekend, but our focus is on getting better and stronger because of it. I have no doubt that our team's desire to win and succeed will carry over into our next practice session as we head into a week of solid competition on the road."
Senior Nancy Cole reached double-digit kills for the second straight game, picking up 14 kills in the match. Cole averaged 3.40 kills per set as she was named All-Tournament.
Junior Megan Murphy also received All-Tournament honors, picking up 113 assists in the tournament. She added 36 in the final game of the tournament, and adding versatility with 2.43 digs per set.
The Owls got off to a 10-5 start in the first set, but the Cougars battled back to tie the set at 17 and eventually take a 23-20 lead. Cole and McNamara each had five kills in the set, and Rice hit .303 as a team in the opening stanza.
Rice battled back from a 15-10 deficit to take a 21-20 lead before falling 25-22 in the third and final set. Cole added seven kills in the third set.
Rice returns to the court on Tuesday, August 28 as it travels to San Antonio to take on UTSA at 6:30 p.m. The Owls return home September 4 to host Sam Houston State at 7 p.m.
ORDER OF FINISH:
1st: BYU (3-0)
2nd: Rice (1-2)
3rd: Arkansas State (1-2)
4th: Air Force (1-2)
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