Sept. 15, 2012
"The second set was integral," said Rice Head Coach Genny Volpe. "I feel like if we won the second set, we were going to win the match. It was a great win to give us momentum entering Conference USA play."
Rice (7-7) won an epic second set over Texas Tech (11-3) 38-36, which is tied for the Owls' longest set in school history, and the longest since 25-point sets were adopted in 2008. The second set featured 25 ties and 10 lead changes. The Owls broke seven set points in the second set.
Cole led the Owls with 17 kills and hit .325 (17K-4E-40TA) on the evening. She led the tournament with 4.30 kills per set. Cole added in eight blocks in the match and co-led the tournament in blocks.
McNamara added in 15 kills on .394 hitting, and ranked second in the tournament with 3.80 kills per set.
Daniela Arenas matched her career-high, set in the previous match, with 20 digs.
Megan Murphy added in 47 assists and 10 digs for her second straight double-double. She has 40+ assists in seven matches this season. She ranked second with 12.10 assists per set in the tournament.
Tyler Jenkins led the tournament in hitting percentage with a .435 clip, after hitting .333 (5K-0E-15TA) tonight. Jenkins had four service aces in the tournament, which also led all players.
The Owls took the first set 25-23 powered by a .308 hitting percentage. After taking the second set 38-36, the Owls led the entire way in the third set, only allowing two tie scores and holding Texas Tech to .088 hitting in the final set. Rice returns to the court on Tuesday, September 18 to host cross-town rival Houston at 7 p.m.
All Rice Invitational II Team:
MVP- Britney Graff, Cal State Northridge
Cindy Ortiz, Cal State Northridge
Sydney Gedryn, Cal State Northridge
Nancy Cole, Rice
Laurie McNamara, Rice
Lydia McKay, Texas Tech
Jasmine Casey, Houston Baptist
Order of finish:
1st - Cal State Northridge
2nd - Rice
3rd - Texas Tech
4th - Houston Baptist