Sept. 10, 2011
Honolulu - Despite losing the first two sets, Cincinnati rallied to win the last three to defeat the Rice Owls 3-2 at the Verizon Volleyball Challenge hosted by the University of Hawai'i at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 33-35, 18-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-11. Rice is now 3-4 on the season, while UC improves to 7-3.
The Owls won their longest set of the season 35-33 in set one with a .259 hitting percentage and 20 kills, while UC hit only .123. For set two, Rice upped its hitting percentage to a sterling .357 with 14 kills to take control of the match 2-0, while the Bearcats managed only a .097 hitting percentage.
But, Cincinnati regrouped to win the last three sets by hitting .276, .219, and .083. Rice on the other hand hit only .143, -.023, and -.115. Statistically, the two squads were even for the match with both having 72 digs, and 15 team blocks, while UC totaled 63 kills to Rice's 58 and hit .155 to the Owls' .134.
Rice had four Owls in double digit kills with Laurie McNamara leading the way with 13 and 11 digs. Nancy Cole and Jillian Humphrey had 11 kills each, while Lizzy Bache posted 10 kills. Owl setter Megan Murphy had a double-double with 47 assists and 14 digs and Megan White had a team-high 19 digs.
UC was led by Jordanne Scott and Becca Refenes who collected 14 kill apiece and Emily Hayden had 12 kills. Caylin Mahoney was credited with 54 assists.
The Owls now prepare for Saturday's match vs. Pacific at 8 p.m. (CT).