HOUSTON, Texas - The Rice Owls volleyball team saw their 10-match home winning streak snapped Friday evening in a 3-0 (17-25, 16-25, 22-25) loss to No. 25 WKU at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Rice (19-7, 9-3) lost at home for the first time since their 3-1 loss to California on Sept. 8, the Owls second home match of the season. Meanwhile, the Lady Toppers (26-2, 12-0) added to the nation's second-longest win streak with their 22nd straight victory and 37th consecutive C-USA victory, which dates back to 2015.
Rice was outhit for the match .286 to .187 despite collecting 10.0 team blocks. Freshman Kassidy Muse led the Owls with seven kills (.312) while sophomore libero Lee Ann Cunningham surpassed 1,000 career digs with a match-high 17 digs.
"WKU played a great match and set the tone early," Rice head coach Genny Volpe said. "They were in control from the beginning of the first set. The velocity of some of their attacks took some of our players off guard. You can scout them on video and prepare for them, but I think it took our team just a little too long to get adjusted to them. Unfortunately, for us they just flat outplayed us. We started to make some strong adjustments after the break and had some opportunities but just didn't take advantage."
WKU had three players reach double-figures in kills, led by 14 kills from Rachel Anderson.
The Owls will play one last regular season home match on Sunday when they host Southern Miss at 1 p.m. from Tudor Fieldhouse. Prior to the match, the Owls will honor seniors Julianna Dole, Madison McDaniel, Stephanie Mendivil and Portia Okafor.