Nov. 4, 2012
HOUSTON- Rice's volleyball team defeated UCF 3-0 on Senior Day at Tudor Fieldhouse. Senior Laurie McNamara had 11 kills and hit .476 on her senior day. The Owls now control their own destiny in the Conference USA Championship race.
"I was very proud of the team today," said Rice head coach Genny Volpe. "They came out focused and they executed at a high level today. UCF has been on a roll and had a ton of momentum going into the match. It was nice to see us improve as the match went on, and never really let them into the match."
"The seniors played great," said Volpe. "I thought that they played like seniors and that the team rallied around them on Senior Day."
"I couldn't think of a better way to end my Rice Owl career at home than with a solid win against a very strong UCF team," said outside hitter Laurie McNamara. "It was an all-around team effort and I'm really proud of my teammates. I'm ready to keep it going through the last two matches of the year and the conference tournament."
McNamara posted 11 kills and committed only one attack error to hit .476 on the afternoon. Cole had seven kills, three service aces and three blocks, and moved into 10th place in career kills at Rice with 1,239.
The Owls (18-10, 11-3 C-USA) are only one game behind Tulsa for the C-USA lead and have a showdown for the league lead ahead on Friday. UCF (12-14, 9-5 C-USA) falls out of contention for a top two seed with two matches remaining.
Mariah Riddlesprigger led the Owls with 12 kills and posted 10 digs for her fifth double double of the season. The junior from Lovett College has posted double digit digs in seven straight matches.
Megan Murphy posted 41 assists, to add to her C-USA-leading total. Murphy added three kills on .400 hitting.
The Owls took the first set 25-21, using five Riddlesprigger kills to take the early advantage.
Rice led the entire way in the second set, taking the first four points, two of which were Cole service aces, to win the set 25-17.
After splitting the first 12 points of the third set 6-6, Rice took control of the third set, winning 25-20. The Owls hit .300 in their final set at home this season.
The Owls return to action at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9, as they travel to Tulsa. A Rice win would force a tie atop the C-USA standings with one match remaining.