Oct. 8, 2010
Houston - The Rice Owls volleyball squad subdued the Tulane Green Wave 3-0 Friday night in a Conference USA match inside Tudor Fieldhouse. Set scores were 25-20, 25-19, and 25-22.
With the victory, the Owls improve to 10-8 overall and 5-1 in C-USA. Tulane, meanwhile, drops to 4-13 on the season and 1-4 in league action.
A pair of junior outside hitters led the Rice attack. Ashleigh McCord led all attackers with 11 kills, while Jordan Meredith tallied 10 kills. Also sophomore Laurie McNamara had 8 kills and sophomore Nancy Cole tallied 7.
Cori Matone led Tulane with 10 kills.
Rice outscored the Green Wave 10 to 5 to snap a 15-15 tie 15 to capture the first set 25-20. Junior Ashleigh McCord had a set-high 6 kills and Jordan Meredith posted 5 to lead the Owl attack. Rice tallied 16 kills and hit .297 to Tulane's 8 kills (.059).
The Owls kept it rolling in set two with a convincing 25-19 victory as Meredith, McCord, and Cole all smacked 4 kills. As a team, Rice again managed 16 kills, while hitting .353. Tulane posted 14 kills with a .242 hitting percentage.
Rice pulled away late in set three for a 25-22 win with 14 kills and only a .167 hitting percentage with Laurie McNamara leading the way with 6 kills. The Owls, however, did produce four team blocks. The Green Wave produced 10 kills and hit .057.
The two teams tangle on Saturday night starting at 7 p.m. inside Tudor Fieldhouse. This match is also Rice's designated Dig Pink Match.
Fans who wear a PINK-colored item of clothing receive a half-price ticket for admission to the Rice vs. Tulane match. PINK t-shirts will be available for purchase and a PINK Rice volleyball jersey will be given away as well. All proceeds benefit the Side-Out Foundation (www.side-out.org). The Side-Out Foundation is a support and advocacy organization dedicated to making a significant and identifiable difference in the lives of breast cancer patients and their families by supporting clinical trials, increasing compassionate support services and educating communities.
Dig Pink is the name of the Breast Cancer awareness rally that takes place in gyms all over the country during Breast Cancer awareness month in October. The goal for this initiative is to raise funds towards research and "living with cancer" organizations.