Oct. 30, 2011
Orlando, Fla. - UCF's Angelica Crump was too much for Rice with 21 kills as the Knights conquered the Owls 3-1 in a Conference USA volleyball match Sunday afternoon.
Rice captured the first set 25-22, but UCF won the final three sets 25-22, 25-18, and 25-17 to claim its 15th victory of the season against 9 losses. The Owls are now 13-11 on the year and 8-5 in C-USA. UCF improves to 7-6 in league action with its second 3-1 win of the season over Rice.
Owl senior libéro Megan White, with 20 digs in today's match went over the 1,000 career-digs threshold and has 1,016 digs. White just needs 17 more to crack Rice's top 10 career digs list and surpass Klara Zelinka's mark of 1,036.
"UCF played a great match and we had a hard time siding out, which generally is a strong portion of our game, but today it made a big difference in the outcome," stated Rice head coach Genny Volpe. "We had a balanced attack, but defensively we need to be more effective."
Freshman Lizzy Bache led the Owls' balanced attack with 13 kills and a match-high .480 hitting percentage, while Laurie McNamara followed with 11 kills. Jillian Humphrey and Nancy Cole each added 10 kills to the Rice cause. Humphrey also had 3 block solos and 7 block assists in the match to lead both defenses. McNamara registered a double-double with 11 digs as well.
Crump only had 4 hitting errors in 53 attacks for a .321 hitting percentage. She received help from Evija Vilde's 14 kills, while Ashley Gialenios and Delaina Sarden had 10 kills apiece.
For the match, the Knights hit .280 with 63 kills to Rice's .216 and 59 kills. Both teams registered 11 team blocks and the Owls had one more dig (76 to 75).
Rice hosts East Carolina (2-20, 0-13) next Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and again Sunday at 2 p.m. Both matches take place inside Tudor Fieldhouse.