Sept. 18, 2013
HOUSTON, Texas - Rice University volleyball took the first set from visiting Baylor before the Bears rallied for a 3-1 win - 18-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-14 - on Wednesday night at Tudor Fieldhouse. Jillian Humphrey tallied 14 kills and Noelle Whitlock added 11 in the setback.
It was Humphrey's ninth match out of 11 with double-figure kills this season, and the junior added three digs and a pair of blocks on the evening and led the Owls' front line with a .346 hitting mark.
Whitlock finished the evening with eight digs, three assists, two blocks and a .214 hitting percentage.
The Owls (3-8) led by as many as eight points in the first set before Baylor (5-7) pulled within four points at 18-14. From there, Rice regained its form to close out a 25-18 win behind 15 kills and a .367 hitting percentage.
It was Rice's turn to rally in the second set, as the Owls fell behind 16-10 thanks in part to solid BU offense. Rice then quickly knotted the score at 17-17, but the Bears converted 18 kills with just four miscues in the set and scored eight of the next 12 points to even the match.
Baylor kept its momentum into the fourth set and gained a 17-11 lead before the Owls mounted a comeback. Consecutive kills by Humphrey and an ace from Megan Murphy pulled the Owls within 21-19, but the Bears finished with a spurt to claim a 25-19 win.
The Owls fell behind 4-0 in the fourth set and labored to regain their form. Humphrey and Whitlock each notched three kills in the frame, but Baylor maintained an advantage throughout in a 25-14 win to clinch the four-set victory.
Overall, Rice hit .228 to Baylor's .282 on the night and the Owls swatted 5.0 blocks as a team. Baylor turned away 9.0 shots at the net and put down seven aces to Rice's two.
BU's Thea Munch-Soegaard racked up a double-double with 11 kills and 15 digs, while two other Bears also had double-figure kills.
Murphy added eight digs, a pair of assists and one of the team's two aces. Daniela Arenas notched 21 of Rice's 66 digs, while adding five assists and Rice's other service ace.
Mariah Riddlesprigger collected 12 digs to accompany three kills, while Tyler Jenkins knocked down seven kills for the home team. Sara Blasier set up 39 of Rice's 52 assists and added six kills on 10 attempts.
Rice returns to the road this weekend for the Active Ankle Challenge in Louisville, Ky. The Owls open the tournament against Virginia Tech on Friday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. The event rolls on with Saturday contests against host Louisville (11 a.m.) and Bowling Green (4:30 p.m.).