Oct. 23, 2011
Birmingham, Ala. - Three Rice Owls were in double-digit kills, but it was not enough as UAB won the last three sets for a 3-1 Conference USA volleyball win over Rice.
Rice (12-10, 7-4) won the initial set, a battle of attrition, 29-27, but the Blazers (18-5, 8-3) countered by winning 25-22, 25-23, and 25-21 to claim the victory.
"We did not have a solid defensive performance today and UAB took advantage of it," said Owl mentor Genny Volpe. "I thought that Nancy Cole played a great match this afternoon going up against another great middle and was still extremely effective and Megan White's passing helped us have many opportunities, we just didn't execute."
Cole, did indeed, have a fantastic match. She pounded a match-high 20 kills with only 4 errors for a match-high .381 hitting percentage. The junior from Pasadena, Texas, also had a 6 blocks (block solo and five block assists) for a match-high as well.
Mariah Riddlesprigger and Laurie McNamara tallied 12 and 11 kills respectively for Rice. They both had a double-double as McNamara registered 16 digs and Riddlesprigger 13. White, a senior libéro, was credited with a match-high 23 digs and freshman Daniela Arenas had 19 digs.
As a team the Owls hit .195 with 59 kills, but UAB managed a .228 hitting percentage with 64 kills and four players in double-digits. Kate Morrell led the Blazers with 16 kills, while Ally Slaughter and Ashley Ricks each had 11, and Sam Serly added 10 kills.
Rice is again on the road next weekend with a Friday date at UTEP in El Paso, Texas, (8 p.m. CT), and a Sunday match at UCF in Orlando, Fla. (noon, CT).