Oct. 4, 2013
Box Score | Season Statistics
TULSA, Okla. – Despite a strong stretch in the second set, Rice University volleyball was unable to overcome a Tulsa rally in a three-set match on Friday night, 25-23, 25-23, 25-17, as the Golden Hurricane won its fifth contest in a row.
Noelle Whitlock notched a double-double and led Rice (4-13, 1-2 C-USA) with 12 kills to accompany 12 digs, while Jillian Humphrey also reached double figures with 10 kills in addition to a block.
On the back row, Daniela Arenas led Rice with 26 digs and moved into 13th place on the Rice career digs list with 1,037. The junior chipped in a pair of assists and the Owls’ lone ace of the evening.
Megan Murphy converted 25 assists with nine digs and six kills, while Chelsey Harris added five kills for the Owls. Lizzy Bache was in on two of Rice's three blocks on the night.
For the match, Rice hit .117 with 76 digs and three blocks. Tulsa (13-4, 2-0) hit at a .163 clip with 70 digs and seven blocks.
A back-and-forth opening set saw 20 ties and 11 lead changes, before the Owls claimed a late 22-21 lead. From there, Tulsa went on a 4-1 run to claim a 25-23 win.
Rice bounced back in a huge way in the second set, jumping out to a 10-5 advantage and extending it to as many as eight points before the Hurricane staged a rally. Trailing 21-14, Tulsa knotted the score and went on to take another 25-23 win.
Using the momentum gained late in the second set, Tulsa jumped out to a 13-5 advantage and played the Owls even the rest of the way to secure a seventh-straight victory in the series.
Rice closes out its road swing on Sunday afternoon at Southern Miss. The match is set to begin at 1 p.m. CT.