Sept. 14, 2012
HOUSTON- Rice hit .300 in order to down Houston Baptist 3-1 at Tudor Fieldhouse on Friday. The Owls received a career-high 21 kills from Laurie McNamara to down their cross-town opponent.
"We definitely had a much stronger mental approach this evening, which ultimately led to our win," said Rice Head Coach Genny Volpe. "People stepped up when needed."
"Laurie McNamara made a huge turnaround and stepped up her game. Nancy Cole was consistent and continues to lead this team," added Volpe. "Daniela Arenas played one of her best games this season and made a lot of key plays."
McNamara hit .435 (21K-1E-46TA) as she put together a career night. Her previous Rice career-high was 18 kills against Southern Miss in 2011.
"The career-high is awesome, but I think the biggest thing is that we finally get a solid win," said McNamara. "It felt really good to have a whole team effort tonight"
The Owls (6-7) dropped the first set to HBU (8-6), but came back roaring to win three sets in a row. Rice never trailed in a set after tying the second set at 1-1.
Tyler Jenkins posted a career-high 15 kills, and hit .636 (15K-1E-22TA), which is the third-highest attack percentage for a single match in C-USA this year. She added in two service aces, and six digs to her total.
Nancy Cole added in 14 kills, and has double-digit kills in 9 of 13 matches this season.
Daniela Arenas set a career-high as well, posting 20 digs, and matched a season-high with six assists. Arenas has double digit digs in 9 of her 13 matches this season.
Megan Murphy had her third 50+ assist match of the season with exactly 50 assists, and collected a season-high 16 digs for her third double-double of the season.
Jillian Humphrey led the Blue and Grey with five blocks, and added in seven kills.
The Owls dropped the first set 25-20, but came back quickly. Rice took the second set 25-20 powered by seven McNamara kills.
Six kills apiece by McNamara and Jenkins helped the Owls to win the third set 27-25.
The Owls hit .353 and broke 15 of HBU's 16 serves to take the fourth set 25-15.