Owls Triumphant In Return to Tudor Fieldhouse

Portia Okafor led the Owls with five blocks in their 3-0 win over UTEP.
Oct. 3, 2014

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– The Rice Owls returned home to the friendly confines of Tudor Fieldhouse Friday evening and dominated the UTEP Miners to a 25-11, 25-16, 25-15 victory, the Owls eighth of the season.
Rice (13-5, 3-1) held UTEP (2-13, 0-4) to a negative hitting percentage of -.017, the first such accomplishment by the Owls since they held Houston to a hitting percentage of -.030 back on Sept. 18, 2012.
Rice senior middle blocker Jillian Humphrey was dominate at the net, leading the Owls with 12 kills with an attack percentage of .857 (12-of-14). Andi Bawcum (9 kills) and Chelsey Harris (8 kills) also contributed to the Owls 45-kills attack on the night. Defensively four different Owls registered 10 or more digs, led by 18 from Daniela Arenas. Freshman Portia Okafor had five of the Owls 14 blocks on the night to lead the team. Sara Blasier continued her near 11-assists per set average with 33 assists.
The Owls defense forced the Miners into 25 attack errors and a sideout percentage of just 39 percent. UTEP’s only lead of the night was a 1-0 advantage in set one.
Rice dominated the opening set (25-11) by limiting UTEP to a -.077 hitting percentage (8-of-52), totaling 28 digs and five team blocks. The Owls made the most of their opportunities offensively, posting an 81 sideout percentage. Rice only trailed once the entire set, 0-1, and never looked back after breaking a 5-5 tie. 
The Owls took a demanding 2-0 lead with a 25-16 victory in set two. Rice hit .361 (14-of-36) for the set, led by four kills apiece from both Bawcum and Humphrey. Rice then finished off the sweep with a 25-15 victory in the third set, limiting UTEP to their lowest attack percentage (-.065) of the night.  
Rice will be back at it on Sunday when they host Charlotte at 1 p.m. at Tudor Fieldhouse on Dig Pink Day. 





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