Nov. 5, 2010
Houston -- Memphis' Altrese Hawkins had a match-high 20 kills to lead the Tigers to a 3-2 victory over Rice in a Conference USA volleyball match inside Tudor Fieldhouse. Set scores were 25-18, 21-25, 25-12, 13-25, 15-12. Rice is now 14-12 on the season and 9-5 in C-USA play, while Memphis improves to 15-10 and 6-7 in league action.
The Owls had three players in double-digit kills and were led by Nancy Cole's 16 kills. Jordan Meredith had 13 kills and a team-high .346 hitting percentage, while freshman Mariah Riddlesprigger had 12 kills, four of which came in the fifth set.
Team stats were fairly even as Memphis had the edge in kills (56 to 53) and in hitting percentage (.179 to .172).
Besides Hawkins, the Tigers were led by Marija Jovanovic's 17 kills and Vesna Jelic had 11 kills and a match-high 4 service aces.
The Tigers jumped out to an early 9-3 lead after it was tied at 3-3 and never looked back in set one. Memphis only hit .182 with 13 kills, but Rice -.031 with 6 kills and 7 errors. Altrese Hawkins of Memphis led all hitters with 5 kills.
Rice equalized the match with a 25-21 set two victory. The Owls hit remarkably better in the second with a .300 hitting percentage with 18 kills and only three errors in 50 attacks. Nancy Cole of Rice led Rice with 6 kills, while freshman Mariah Riddlesprigger tallied 4 kills. Vesna Jelic led Memphis with 6 kills as the Tigers hit .261 with 16 kills.
Memphis won convincingly in set three 25-12 with 11 kills while Rice had 9 kills and eight errors. Marija Jovanovic had 5 kills for the Tigers, while Jordan Meredith had 4 kills for Rice. Also, through three sets Memphis had totaled 61 digs to the Owls' 52 and had 8 service aces to Rice's 2 service aces.
The match went to the fifth set after the Owls controlled set four with a 25-13 win by hitting .286 with 11 kills. Memphis hit -.086 with 8 kills. Jordan Meredith led the Owls with 4 kills.
In the fifth set, Memphis broke an 8-8 tie by outscoring Rice five to zero for a 13-8 lead. It was 14-9 when the Owls tallied two points to be down only two and force Memphis to use a timeout to slow the Owls' momentum. After a Rice point, Memphis' Hawkins sealed the deal with an emphatic kill for a 15-12 win.
Rice now plays UAB (7-18, 4-9) on Saturday night, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. inside Tudor Fieldhouse. The Blazers lost to Houston on Friday 3-0 (25-19, 26-24, and 32-30).