Sept. 21, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Facing a quick turnaround after its morning match against Louisville, Rice University volleyball fell in a hard-fought 3-1 loss to Bowling Green on Saturday afternoon at the Active Ankle Challenge.
In the afternoon contest, Tyler Jenkins paced the Owls with 18 kills on 36 swings with a strong .389 hitting clip. The senior added one dig as well.
Freshman Chelsey Harris notched double-figure kills for the third time this season, with 11 on 30 attacks. She added four block assists, which matched a season high.
Daniela Arenas again led Rice on defense with 22 of the squad’s 57 digs, bringing her career total up to 991.
The Owls hit .132 for the match with 10 blocks and four aces, compared to the Falcons’ .170 hitting mark.
The teams were virtually knotted at 15-14 in the first set before a four-point run gave Bowling Green enough of a lead to hold on for the 25-20 win.
The second set saw 10 ties, including one as late as 22-22, before a kill an ace and an attack error sealed the Owls’ fate heading into the intermission.
Rice came out of the break with a renewed vigor, took a 13-5 lead and never looked back in a 25-15 win to pull within 2-1. The Owls converted 11 kills with just five errors in the set for a .222 hitting percentage. Led by Jenkins’ five, six different players notched kills in the set.
Following a 10-10 tie in the fourth, Bowling Green took off on an 11-3 run to cement the lead and secure a 25-17 win in the final set.
BGSU’s Jelena Sunjic led her squad with 19 of the team’s 50 kills and the Falcons (3-8) matched Rice’s 10 blocks and four aces.
Rice returns home on Sept. 27 to host Middle Tennessee in the Conference USA opener. The Owls close out the homestand two days later against East Carolina.