HOUSTON- Rice's volleyball squad won its second straight midweek game and defeated Sam Houston State 3-0 at Tudor Fieldhouse on Tuesday night. Nancy Cole led all players with 15 kills.
"We won, which of course is always a good thing, however the level of play that we are capable of was not quite there tonight," said Rice Head Coach Genny Volpe. "I think a bright spot was our serving as it was more aggressive than it has been."
"We will get back in the gym tomorrow to clean some things up and prepare for a great tournament at Mississippi," added Volpe.
This is the Owls' second straight win in a midweek game, and advance to 3-5 on the season. Rice lost its three tournament games over the weekend. Sam Houston State falls to 3-5 on the year.
This is the second sweep of the season for the Owls, after sweeping Air Force on Aug. 24. The Owls are 3-1 when playing just one match in a day.
Rice held the Bearkats to just .105 hitting for the match, forcing the opposition into 22 errors on the evening.
Nancy Cole led all players in kills, picking up 15. She has 979 in her career, and needs 21 to reach 1,000 for her career.
Lizzy Bache picked a season-high 13 kills, marking her fifth match with double digit kills this season. The sophomore from Baker College came one dig away from a double-double.
Reigning C-USA Player of the Week Megan Murphy posted 34 assists, her seventh time in eight matches this season to post 34+ assists, to go along with seven digs. Daniela Arenas and Mariah Riddlesprigger both posted double-digit digs, with Arenas earning 15 digs and Riddlesprigger 13.
Andi Bawcum made her collegiate debut tonight, and earned her first career kill in the third set.
The Owls took set one 25-15 from the Bearkats, finishing the set on a 10-0 run with Bache serving. Rice held its opposition from Huntsville to .027 hitting in the first set. Cole picked up six kills in the first set to lead the match, while Bache picked up five.
Bache and Cole led Rice in set two as well, each posting four kills as the Owls won the set 25-21. Bache hit .571 (4K-0E-7A) in the set. As a team, Rice hit .306 in the second set.
Cole picked up five kills in set three, as Rice took a 22-14 lead to a 25-21 victory in the third set. Rice won the third set despite a .189 hitting percentage. Arenas picked up six digs in the final set.
The Owls return to the court on Sept. 7 at 11 a.m., as they take on North Dakota at the Magnolia Invitational in Oxford, Miss. Rice returns to campus on Sept. 14 to host Cal State Northridge in the first game of Rice Invitational II.
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