Owls Run Win Streak To Five Straight

Chelsey Harris led the Owls with nine kills in the Owls' 3-0 win over UTEP.
Oct. 17, 2014

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EL PASO, Texas
- The Rice Owls volleyball squad won their fifth consecutive match via a sweep by downing the UTEP Miners 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-18) Friday evening at Memorial Gym. 

Rice (16-5, 6-1) extended their set win streak to 15 straight, tying the mark set by the 2008 Owls who went on to win 16 consecutive sets. The last time the Owls dropped a set was the opening set at North Texas on Oct. 1. 

Six Owls recorded six or more kills, led by nine from sophomore Chelsey Harris. Jillian Humphrey and Leah Mikesky posted eight kills apiece and Rice hit .341 as a team. Sophomore Sara Blasier had another 30-plus assists match, posting 33 assists to hit her average of 11 per set. Senior Daniela Arenas stabilized the backline of the defense with 16 digs as the Owls swept the season series from the Miners (4-15, 2-6).

"We played well tonight and I was proud of our focus," Rice head coach Genny Volpe said. "UTEP came out and played really good defense and it was tough for us to put the ball away for a little bit of time but then we got into a rhythm. We sided out extremely well and we served tough. Now we got to prepare for a great matchup with UTSA on Sunday."

UTEP gave the Owls a tough opening set, one that the Owls led throughout but never by more than five points. The Miners cut Rice's lead to 23-21 but the Owls managed to close out the set on a kill from Mikesky for the 25-22 win.



Rice led from start to finish in the second set en route to a 25-12 victory. The Owls hit a staggering .500 (15-of-24) for the set and had a 76 percent sideout percentage. 

The Rice defense saved their best for last in the third and final set, limiting UTEP to just .062 hitting and Humphrey delivered four of her eight kills to lead Rice to the 25-18 win. 

The Owls will wrap up their three-game road trip on Sunday when they travel to San Antonio to take on the undefeated and first place Roadrunners (8-0) at 1 p.m. UTSA is coming off a big 3-1 win over Western Kentucky on Friday to take over first place in the league.




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