Oct. 14, 2012
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HOUSTON- Rice's volleyball team defeated East Carolina 3-1 on Sunday, moving the Owls into sole possession of second place in C-USA. Megan Murphy posted 57 assists, the most for a C-USA player in a four set match this year.
Rice hosted Alumnae Day for this match, taking place during Rice's Centennial Weekend and Homecoming Weekend.
"It was a special day as we celebrated Alumnae Day with some fabulous women," said Rice Head Coach Genny Volpe. "We had a great pregame meal with team and reminisced, so it was a great way to start the day."
"We had solid production from our middles again, and Laurie McNamara had a good offensive day as well," added Volpe. "It was nice to see Mariah Riddlesprigger step up and have a solid overall performance. She was aggressive and had one of her better matches today"
"We had a bit of a mental break in set two, which we need to fix, but it was a successful day overall and we are gearing up for a solid weekend on the road at UTEP and Tulane," said Volpe.
The Owls (14-9, 7-2 C-USA) hit a season-high .407 against the Pirates (1-18, 0-8 C-USA).
Murphy posted 57 assists, good to move into seventh on Rice's career assist list. She added in six kills on .750 (6K-0E-8TA) hitting and eight digs.
Jillian Humphrey led the Owl offense with 16 kills on .538 (16K-2E-26TA) hitting. The sophomore from Hanszen College is the reigning C-USA Defensive Player of the Week.
Mariah Riddlesprigger matched her season-high with 14 kills on .335 hitting (14K-3E-31TA) and posted 12 digs, good for her third double double in C-USA play. Laurie McNamara posted 14 kills off of .462 (14K-2E-26TA) hitting.
Nancy Cole hit .600 (13K-1E-20TA) and was the other Owl in double digits with 13 kills. She added in four blocks.
Noelle Whitlock led Rice with 19 digs, and was joined in double digits by Daniela Arenas, who had 14 digs, Riddlesprigger, and Lizzy Bache's 10 digs.
The Owls took the first set 25-16, by hitting .405 in the opening frame. East Carolina took the second set, hitting .381 to even the match at 1.
Rice took the third set by hitting .433 to win 25-13.
Rice finished the match with .567 hitting in the fourth set, which was won by a score of 25-11.
The Owls travel to Tulane on October 19 to take on the Green Wave at 7 p.m. The Owls return to Tudor Fieldhouse on Nov. 2 to host Southern Miss.