Oct. 8, 2011
Huntington, W.Va. - Rice's Nancy Cole posted a match-high 14 kills to lead the Owls to a 3-1 Conference USA volleyball road win over Marshall Saturday morning.
The victory gives Rice a 9-8 overall record and a 4-2 mark in C-USA. Marshall falls to 3-13 and 2-4 in league action. Set scores were 25-16, 25-18, 22-25, and 25-17.
Rice head coach Genny Volpe was happy with the way her squad handled Marshall.
"I was pleased with our composure when Marshall was putting pressure on us," said Volpe. "Our middle blockers played really well and Megan Murphy did a good job running the offense today. We need to keep working on our defense to put together a solid performance on Sunday."
Cole also hit a match-high .429 hitting percentage. Jillian Humphrey and Laurie McNamara were in double-digits for kills with 11 each. Humphrey also had 7 blocks in the match with a block solo and 6 block assists. McNamara also dug up 13 balls for a double-double.
As a team, the Owls smacked 56 kills and hit .321. Rice only made 14 hitting errors on the day. The Thundering Herd tallied 51 kills, but only posted a .201 hitting percentage.
In the three sets that Rice captured, the Owls hit .394 in set one, .320 in set two, and .317 in the fourth set. Rice did hit .250 in the third set.
Abby Tomas and Cameron Yoho led Marshall in kills with 13 and 12 respectively.
The two teams meet up again on Sunday for an 11 a.m. (CT) match.