Sept. 28, 2012
HOUSTON- Rice's volleyball team extended its winning streak to six matches as it downed SMU 3-2 Friday night at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls play C-USA's other unbeaten team, Tulsa, for the early league lead on Sunday.
A season-high 607 fans watched Rice (11-7, 4-0 C-USA) fend off SMU (4-12, 1-3 C-USA) in five sets.
Three Owls had double doubles in the match, and seven Owls had double digits in at least one statistical category.
Reigning four-time C-USA Setter of the Week Megan Murphy posted her seventh double double of the season with 49 assists and 13 digs. This is her ninth match of the season with 40+ assists and sixth in a row with 30+ assists.
Mariah Riddlesprigger also posted a double double for the Owls, with 12 kills and a career-high 26 digs. The double double is Riddlesprigger's second of the year.
Lizzy Bache posted her second double double of the year with 11 kills and 10 digs.
Jillian Humphrey just missed out on a double double with 10 kills and nine blocks. Her nine blocks are tied for the fifth-most for a C-USA player this season.
Nancy Cole led the Owls with 13 kills, her 13th match this season with double digit kills. She added five blocks to her total.
Laurie McNamara posted 12 kills, five digs and five blocks.
Rice out-hit SMU .343 to .162 in the first set, and never trailed while downing SMU 25-20. Humphrey had five kills in the first set.
The Owls had four different players with three kills in the second set and defeated the Mustangs 25-21.
Rice received six kills from McNamara in the third set but it was not enough, as SMU took the set 25-19. Riddlesprigger dug 10 attacks in the fourth set, but the Mustangs forced a tiebreaker set by winning 27-25.
With the fifth set tied at 6-6, the Owls went on a 4-0 run to take control of the set at 10-6 and did not look back, winning the ultimate set 15-10.
The Owls host C-USA co-leader Tulsa on Sunday, Sept. 30 in a matchup of the league's top two teams at Tudor Fieldhouse, with a 1 p.m. first serve.
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