Sept. 23, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- Rice extended its winning streak to five matches, and Megan Murphy posted the first triple double for Rice since 2006, as the Owls downed UAB 3-2 at Bartow Arena. Murphy is only the 10th player in Division I to post a triple-double this season.
"Although it wasn't our best volleyball today, we found a way to win on the road against a solid UAB team," said Rice Head Coach Genny Volpe. "UAB did some smart things to stress our defense and it took too long for us to respond."
"A lot of people contributed to the win and our depth really came into play today," added Volpe.
Rice (10-7, 3-0 C-USA) starts 3-0 in C-USA play for the first time since 2009, a season which saw the Owls win the C-USA Tournament and advance to the NCAA Tournament.
UAB (7-9, 1-1 C-USA) played its second consecutive five-set match, after beating Houston in five sets on Friday.
Three-time reigning C-USA Setter of the Week Murphy posted 58 assists, the fourth-most by a C-USA player this year, 10 digs, and a career-high 10 kills. Rachel Lopez was the last Rice player to post a triple double, accomplishing the feat on Sept. 24, 2006 against Memphis. Only nine other players in Division I have posted a triple double this season.
Nancy Cole led the Owls with 20 kills on a .361 hitting percentage and added seven blocks to her total.
The Owls dropped the first set 25-21, as UAB hit .306 in the set. The Owls used .323 hitting to come back to take the second set 25-19.
Rice took a third set that featured 10 tie scores 27-25 while hitting .429. The Blazers evened the match at 2 by taking the fourth set 25-22.
The Owls finished off UAB in the fifth set 15-12.
The Owls return to Tudor Fieldhouse on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. as they host the SMU Mustangs.