Oct. 18, 2013
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Despite a season-high in kills and digs, a valiant comeback effort from the Rice University Owls volleyball team fell just short in a 3-2 loss at UTSA Friday evening.
Rice (6-15, 3-4) was aiming to win their first five-set match of the season but the Roadrunners (14-7, 6-1) scored the final two points with the finale tied at 15-15 to run the Owls record to 0-5 in such occasions.
Freshman setter Sara Blasier, the reigning C-USA Setter of the Week, set a career-high with 62 assists along with 13 digs. Rice also set a season-high with 89 digs with Noelle Whitlock (18) and Kimberly Vaio (13) joining Blasier in double-digits. Four Owls had double-figure kills, including a team-high 15 from both Lizzy Bache and Jillian Humphrey.
The two teams went back and forth in the first four sets with UTSA claiming the opener, 25-22 and led from start to finish. In set two the Owls broke a 22-22 thanks to the hot hand of Chelsey Harris, who put the Roadrunners away with three consecutive kills.
Rice held the lead on just three occasions in the third set before UTSA took control en route to a 25-17 victory but the Owls refused to go down without a fight in the fourth set, rallying from a 9-2 deficit to even the match 2-2 with a 25-20 triumph.
Rice had a chance to put the match away in the fifth set and held 9-7 and 12-11 leads but UTSA scored the final two points with the match tied 15-15 to hand the Owls their third road conference loss of the season.
The Owls had a .188 attack percentage while the Roadrunners were at .220.
Rice closes out the weekend with a Sunday match at UTEP. First serve is set for 1 p.m. at