Louisville Snaps Owls Win Streak

Sara Blasier posted a double-double in the Owls 3-0 loss to Louisville.
Sept. 19, 2014

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HOUSTON, Texas – The Rice Owls volleyball squad saw their longest win streak in five years come to an end at the hands of the Louisville Cardinals in straights sets Friday evening at Tudor Fieldhouse, 19-25, 22-25, 19-25.

Rice (9-4) suffered their first loss since a 3-2 setback at NC State back on Sept. 5 by hitting just .121 for the match, while Louisville (7-4) hit .274. The Owls were undone by 23 attack errors while Louisville had just 14. Owls’ sophomore setter Sara Blasier led the way for Rice with a double-double, tallying 29 assists and 11 digs.
Louisville, who was ranked 37th in the nation in the AVCA Coaches Poll entering the weekend took the opening set by breaking a 13-13 tie with a 12-6 run to win, 25-19. The Owls hit just .211 for the set compared to .364 by the Cardinals and had six attack errors. In the second set Rice hit just .098 before falling, 22-25. 
In the third and final set Louisville jumped out to a 12-0 lead before Leah Mikesky scored the Owls first point of the set. Rice actually cut the deficit to 24-19 before falling, 25-19.
Rice will return to the court tomorrow to close out the Rice Invitational II with a 4 p.m. match against Stephen F. Austin. 





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