Oct. 9, 2010
Houston - Junior outside hitter Ashleigh McCord pounded a match-high 15 kills to lead the Rice Owls to a 3-0 sweep over Tulane in a Conference USA volleyball victory in front of 498 fans inside Tudor Fieldhouse. Set scores were 25-20, 25-20, and 25-22. The Owls move to 11-8 on the year and 6-1 in C-USA action, while the Green Wave falls to 4-14 and 1-5 in the league. The Owls also defeated Tulane 3-0 Friday night. Rice now just trails Tulane 12-11 in the all-time series.
For McCord it was her 16th time in as many matches to post double-digit kills and her .448 hitting percentage (15-2-29) was a match-high. Jordan Meredith and Nancy Cole each had 7 kills, while Laurie McNamara connected for 6 kills. Cole also had 2 block solos and 4 block assists.
Tulane was led by Milia Jovic's 14 kills, while Izabela Grot contributed 10 kills.
Both squads had 41 kills, but the Owls connected on a higher percentage .283 to .174.
The Owls snapped a 17-17 tie by outscoring Tulane 8 to 3 to win set one. Rice was efficient with a .275 hitting percentage with 14 kills, while the Green Wave managed 13 kills, but only sported a .125 hitting percentage. The Owls' McCord smacked 5 kills to lead the squad, while Tulane's Izabela Grot had 6 kills. Also, Nancy Cole had two block solos for Rice.
Just as in the first set, the Owls broke a 17-17 tie with strong serves en route to winning set two 25-20. Both teams tallied 14 kills, but Rice had the higher hitting percentage .214 to .152. McCord again led the Owls with 4 kills with a .500 hitting percentage.
With Megan Shepard serving the Owls pulled away from a slim 18-16 lead to forge a four-point lead at 20-16 and the eventual 25-22 win. McCord once again showed her power with 6 kills in 8 attack for a .750 hitting percentage to lead Rice and all attackers. Tulane's Milica Jovic did smack a set-high 8 kills (.438). The Owls totaled 16 kills with 3 blocks and a .333 hitting percentage. The Green Wave had 17 kills and .238 hitting percentage.
The Owls play at UAB next Friday (Oct. 15) at 7 p.m. and at Memphis on Sunday (Oct. 17).