Sept. 21, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Rice's volleyball squad extended its winning streak to four matches and posted its third straight sweep as it defeated Memphis 3-0. Jillian Humphrey posted 12 kills to lead the Owls.
"We had a solid team effort tonight," said Rice Head Coach Genny Volpe. "The set distribution was even and I thought our speed was tough to stop."
"I like our composure and our focus. We are learning a lot about ourselves with each match we play and know we will be tested each night in C-USA," added Volpe.
Rice (9-7, 2-0 C-USA) has won 12 straight sets, dating back to Sept. 18, including all three against Memphis (5-10, 0-1 C-USA).
Humphrey posted 12 kills and hit .688 (12K-1E-16TA) in the match. In her last two matches, she has an attack percentage of .679 and 20 total kills. The middle blocker from Hanszen College added in four blocks, including a solo effort.
Reigning three-time C-USA Setter of the Week Megan Murphy posted 34 assists, and needs just three more to reach 2,000 for her career. Murphy added in seven kills on .417 hitting (7K-2E-12TA), two service aces and six digs.
Noelle Whitlock led the Owls with 10 digs, and filled the stat sheet with six kills, four assists and two blocks.
The Owls hit .355 in the first set, using a 9-1 run to take a 19-14 lead that they would not relinquish. Rice fought back from an 11-6 deficit to win the set 25-18.
Rice jumped out to a 13-5 lead in the second set to eventually take the set 25-20. Rice hit .324 in the second set.
Rice held Memphis to .024 hitting in the third set, to take the final set and the match 25-15.
The Owls take on UAB on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. Rice returns home on Sept. 28 to take on SMU at 7 p.m.