Volleyball Wins Fourth Straight By Sweeping Green Bay

Chelsey Harris finished with 12 kills in Rice's 3-0 win over Green Bay.
Sept. 12, 2014

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MILWAUKEE, WI – The Rice Owls volleyball team won their fourth consecutive match, and third straight via a sweep, by defeating the Green Bay Phoenix 3-0 (35-33, 25-14, 25-17) on the first day of the Marquette Tournament. 

Rice (6-3) extended their longest win streak since 2012 by outhitting Green Bay (1-6) .242-.127. It marked the first time the Owls recorded three consecutive sweeps since defeating Texas Tech, Houston and Memphis consecutively in 2012. 

"We knew going into this match that Green Bay was going to put up a fight," Rice head coach Genny Volpe said. "They are the scrappiest team that we have played all season. We found a way to win this match in three sets, but the team fully understands that we're going to have to do better against Marquette this evening. We have to be more disciplined and serve tougher. It should be a great match tonight against a really solid team."
Sophomore transfer Leah Mikesky led the Owls in kills (13) once again and earned her sixth straight double-double with 10 digs as well. Chelsey Harris (12) and Jillian Humphrey (10) also recorded double-digit kills while Sara Blasier led Rice with 41 assists, her fourth 40-plus assists match of the season.
Three Owls had 10 or more digs, led by 20 from senior Daniela Arenas.
The Owls defeated the Phoenix, 35-33 in an epic opening set, the first 60-plus point set since Rice fell to LSU 31-29 back on Sept. 7, 2013. Rice was at set point on seven different occasions, while Green Bay was at set point twice, before finally cashing in on a block from Shelby Livingstone up 34-33. Blasier finished with a career-high 20 assists in the set while Humphrey had eight kills on 10 attacks (.800 percent). The 35 points by the Owls were the most by a Rice team since they defeated Texas Tech, 38-36 in the second set of a 3-0 win on Sept. 15, 2012.
Rice carried that momentum into the second set and led from start to finish en route to a 25-14 victory over Green Bay. The Owls hit just .086 for the set but managed to hold the Phoenix to -.024 on the other side. 
In the third and final set the Owls hit a match-high .350 (18-of-40) and had a sideout percentage of 72 percent (13-of-18). 
Rice will be back in action later tonight when they face Marquette (4-2) at 7 p.m. The Golden Eagles defeated James Madison in straight sets earlier today.  






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