Sept. 30, 2011
Dallas - The Rice Owls volleyball team won its third consecutive Conference USA match with a 3-1 win at SMU Friday night in Moody Coliseum.
Set scores were 25-22, 27-25, 23-25, and 25-17.
The Owls (8-7, 3-1) were paced by junior Nancy Cole with a match and season-high 21 kills. Cole hit a match-high .500 hitting percentage with only 2 errors in 38 attacks. Freshman Lizzy Bache pasted 20 kills, while junior Laurie McNamara reached double-digits with 13 kills.
"We had a lot of people contributing tonight," said Owl head coach Genny Volpe. "Nancy and Lizzy put big numbers and Lizzy had a lot of swings. Megan Murphy was creating a lot of holes by mixing it up and she did a terrific job running the offense. She is a big reason as to why our hitters had a lot of success this evening."
Murphy had a match and career-high 61 assists with a team-high 19 digs for her team-leading eighth double-double of the season.
The Owls, as a team, hit .294 with 73 kills to SMU's 59 kills and .219 hitting percentage. In the final set, Rice dominated with 20 kills (1 error) in 45 attacks for a .422 hitting percentage.
The Mustangs (4-11, 0-3) were led by Jessica Oliver's 20 kills, while Dana Powell followed closely with 18 kills.
Rice now plays at Tulsa on Sunday at 1 p.m. (CT). TU won 3-0 over Houston on Friday night. The Golden Hurricane has now won 25-straight C-USA matches and have captured 37 of their last 38 matches in league play.